now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is
equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an
~ California Governor Ronald Reagan, 1974
The first university is the most widely known, so it may help getting a job in the cannabis biz. It doesn't offer financial aid and doesn't guarantee you a job, like many tech colleges do. But you will get educated in a business sector that's expanding rapidly with much more to come. A standard botany degree at an accredited college would likely carry more weight, especially when the corporate world starts making the hiring decisions.
This isn't an all-inclusive list, but is close to what was available in January 2015, in the US or online. If ya can't find classes nearby ya, check the online courses.
Or you could wait a bit and see what local community and tech colleges decide to offer. The game-changer election is likely to be the legalization measures on the 2016 ballot in California and another handful of states. So we'd expect to see community colleges, at least, provide new offerings. If you can't grow your own or gain an internship someplace, this approach does seem like a viable way to prep for jobs in this booming industry.
As noted in the Growing section, there are two books we'll always highly recommend, by Ed Rosenthal and Jorge Cervantes. They can get you purt' well edumacated right quick and both provide a broad array of important info. But we add a note of caution: older growing info can be a mite off, so consider those sections a starter course, then upgrade your grow knowledge via more current sources. Along with the text, forums and videos we link to, you can get quite an education, though hands-on experience with a marijuana grow cannot be fully emulated by reading and watching. Ya gotta get your hands dirty. Or sticky.
University (Oakland, CA)
Portlandsterdam University (Portland, OR)
Oregon Cannabis Institute (Seminars and Services, Portland, OR)
The Cannabis Research Institute (Courses and internship, Portland, OR)
Washington Cannabis Institute (Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane)
Clover Leaf University (Denver, CO, first fully accredited in the US)
MMJ Business Academy (Online and Colorado Springs, CO)
Medical Marijuana United (Tampa, FL and online)
420College (Seminars in several CA cities, online courses and services)
THC University (CO, but classes are currently all online)
GreenCulturED (Online education/certification)
Cannabis Training Institute (WA, but all courses online)
Notable others include some traditional colleges and universities. There's Anne Arundel Community College's 'Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Emerging Markets: Marijuana Legalization' near Annapolis. Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, Harvard University of Law School, and Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville have offered one or more cannabis related classes, too. (See our Medical Marijuana page in the State Law section for more.)
You can also ask any college or university that offers botany, horticulture or gardening classes (or law, or business) to consider adding courses specifically related to cannabis growing. Such nudges have worked before.