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Cannabis & Plant-Based Wellness

Gain an understanding of cannabis regulations and advanced dispensary retail while learning to interact with and lawfully instruct others about cannabis and related product use. In this online program, students also develop foundational knowledge of the cannabis business environment and regulatory components of sales operations and compliant protocols. 

In plant-based wellness, the online certificate focuses on the development of skills needed for careers in the quickly growing plant-based wellness industry, including retail and frontline services. Students develop the competencies needed to interact with and lawfully instruct others about plant-based wellness and how plants and plant-based products can impact systems in the human body. 

Sample job median salary $52,763 (Dispensary Manager)

Continuing Education programs:
Industry Certificates 
Online, non-credit certificate courses through NMU Continuing Education. Open to high school students or those with a diploma.
Cannabis Healthcare & Medicine 
Cannabis Agriculture and Horticulture 
The Business of Cannabis
Cannabis Compliance and Risk Management

NMU programs:
Cannabis & Plant Based Wellness
Certificates (16 credits)
Cannabis Operations
Plant-Based Wellness
Associate degree (2 years)
Cannabis and Plant-based Wellness Operations
Bachelor's degree (4 years) 
Medicinal Plant Chemistry 




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Controlled Environment Agriculture

These interdisciplinary programs engage students in multiple aspects of indoor growing techniques, plant physiology, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, distribution and business practices. Be part of the solution to the growing, global food crisis. 

Sample Job Median Pay $46,140 (Agriculture and Food Science Technician)

NMU programs:
Associate degree - 2 years
Indoor agriculture
Bachelor's degree - 4 years
Controlled environment agriculture



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Outdoor Agriculture

Michigan State University offers opportunities in the U.P. for individuals pursing careers in agriculture. The Farm Business Incubator at the MSU U.P. Research and Extension Center in Chatham is a residential program that provides agriculture entrepreneurs with tools and technical assistance to build a solid foundation for their farm business. MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology offers a career-ready associate degree in Agricultural Operations at Bay College in Escanaba 

Sample job median salary $75,760 (Farmer, Rancher or Agricultural Manager)

Agricultural Training 
Farm Business Incubator 
Agricultural Operations at Bay College


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Forest Products

Jobs in this industry may include conservation scientist, forester, production worker, plant operator, process science engineer, millwright, electrician or mechanic. 

Sample Job Median Salary $32,270 (Forester and Conservation Worker)

Specialized Training: 
Michigan Sustainable Forestry Initiative offers free education classes throughout the year. 
Lumber grading short courses and a 12-week Lumber Inspector Training School
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NMU Programs:
Bachelor's degrees (4 years)
Electrical engineering technology
Industrial technologies
Industrial Maintenance Technology
Associate degrees (2 years)
Electrical Technology
Certificate (1 year)
Industrial Maintenance