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Cannabis Retail Management

Lead the Way!

New York's recreational cannabis retail industry is gaining momentum. With a microcredential in Cannabis Retail Management from DCC, you'll be prepared to launch your career just 15 weeks!

The 2021 passage of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act has expanded the market for legalized cannabis and cannabis-related products, opening the door to a whole new set of well-paying jobs throughout the state. DCC offers the training and skills you need to thrive in your cannabis retail career, whether as a manager or an employee. 


What You’ll Study in Our Cannabis Retail Management Program

Whether you're interested in budtending, sales, management (or all three!), our program helps you develop the business skills you'll need to succeed. Our instructor-led classes will cover retail management, merchandising, storeroom operations, cost control, customer service, and cannabis sciences—giving you a broad and comprehensive background in just one semester.

If you decide to continue at DCC after completing your microcredential, you can apply your coursework to an associate degree in Hospitality and Tourism or Business Management.


What courses you'll take

BIO 113: Intro to Cannabis
Get to know the biological and chemical aspects of the Cannabis sativa plant, through academic study and hands-on experience. Lab activities will not use THC, but will involve hemp and CBD extraction.

BUS 113: Essentials of Customer Service
Explore the customer service oriented organization, and develop skills to engage in various situations.

BUS 143: Hospitality Purchasing & Marketing
Learn about marketing strategies, purchasing procedures, economics and quality control.

BUS 161: Management of Retail Operations
Gain insight into organizational structure, customer behavior and the planning and management of store services.

Where Can This Microcredential Take You?


Demonstrate Your Expertise with a Digital Badge

Upon successful competition of the Cannabis Retail Management Microcredential, you’ll earn a digital badge as proof of your accomplishment. Display it on your social media and online professional profiles to showcase your new skill set! Since digital badges are secure and verifiable, employers can have confidence knowing you possess the qualifications they’re looking for.

Fall 2024 Class Schedule

Some Saturday sessions will be scheduled for field trips, guest speakers and workshops. Attendance is encouraged but not required.

Class Class Number / Type Day(s) Meeting Time Meeting Dates
Introduction to Cannabis BIO 113 (Lecture) / Hybrid w/ Asynchronous Component Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 p.m. Full Term
Introduction to Cannabis BIO 113 (Lab) / Traditional Monday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Full Term
Essentials of Customer Service BUS 113 (Lecture) / Hybrid w/ Asynchronous Component Wednesday 2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Full Term
Hospitality Purchasing & Marketing  BUS 143  (Lecture) / Hybrid w/ Asynchronous Component Wednesday 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Full Term
Management of Retail Operations BUS 161 (Lecture) / Traditional Monday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Full Term

Contact Us

Maureen Peters Gittelman, Assistant Professor

Program Chair, Hospitality & Tourism Management


53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601