By Daniel Webster, dWeb.News Publisher
Flower One President and CEO Kellen O’Keefe to Provide Insight, Guidance, and Expertise to the Industry’s First Professional Credential Program
VENTURA, Calif. and NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev., Sept. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Green Flower and newly-introduced partnership organization, GF Institute (GFI), are proud to announce that Flower One and its President and CEO Kellen O’Keefe are joining the inaugural Steering Committee to provide guidance, insight, and subject matter expertise as the industry welcomes a revolutionary new chapter in cannabis workforce development.
” The cannabis industry’s rapid growth makes it even more crucial to establish strong, tested standards like those of GFI. “Flower One’s scale and experience in the field give the GFI Steering Committee partner a critical perspective. We work with the ANSI National Accreditation Board, (ANAB), to standardize this industry like never before. “
Change has been a constant in cannabis. Employers often have difficulty executing on their business imperatives as they try to do too much at once and feel that their focus is too limited. Many cannabis employers attempt to do everything themselves with training programs, which makes it difficult to create programs that are both rigorous and deep enough to prepare for this fast-growing industry.
The cannabis industry faces many difficult and expensive problems that are all due to a lack in training and a focus on onboarding. The introduction of a standardized cannabis education curriculum and onboarding program can solve many problems, including high turnover, poor customer service, inconsistent products, expensive compliance mistakes, and costly compliance errors.
GF Institute is launching with 3 credentials, available today, focused on the largest sectors of people growth in the industry:
- Cultivation Technician Certificate (CTC)
- Dispensary Associate Certificate (DAC)
- Manufacturing Agent Certificate (MAC)
“GF Institute’s credential program offers operators in the industry an unprecedented resource to secure, retain and develop critical talent in key positions,” said Kellen O’Keefe, Flower One’s President & CEO. The Steering Committee’s approach in developing cannabis education is transparent and consistent, which is crucial for the development of cannabis workforce development.
The GF Institute’s standardized credential program is overseen by an independent Steering Committee and advisory board, composed of more than 30 leading cannabis employers. Collectively, the Steering Committee approves each job role’s curriculum, champions education and professional growth, supports social equity and community initiatives, represents brands that are committed in raising the quality and knowledge of cannabis professionals.
Each participant who completes a GF Institute Cannabis Certificate Course will automatically be a member of the GF Institute’s Post-Graduate Community. GFI members have access to exclusive continuing education programs, networking, career advancement opportunities, and other benefits. Participants in the program will receive a digital certificate recognizing their achievement. They will also be able to upload their credentials to LinkedIn with digital pins.
GF Institute now accepts applications from “Founding Members” companies that believe proper training and investing is a priority. On the GFI website, interested parties will find additional information. This includes a guide to the certificate program and a list of Steering Committee members.
About Green Flower:
Founded in 2014, Green Flower is the industry leader in cannabis education, empowering thousands of consumers, regulators, and professionals with the knowledge they need to succeed in the emerging cannabis industry today.
Green Flower’s technology platform and content powers top universities and colleges in the country. It provides tailored learning and compliance solutions to cannabis businesses of all sizes and empowers individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in today’s cannabis industry.
About Flower One Holdings Inc.:
Flower One is the largest cannabis cultivator, producer, and full-service brand fulfillment partner in the state of Nevada. By combining more than 20 years of greenhouse operational excellence with best-in-class cannabis operators, Flower One offers consistent, reliable, and scalable fulfillment to a growing number of industry-leading cannabis brands (Cookies, Kiva, Old Pal, Heavy Hitters, Lift Ticket’s, The Clear, HUXTON, and Flower One’s leading in-house brand, NLVO, and more). Flower One produces a wide variety of cannabis products, from full-spectrum oils and flower to consumer packaged goods. This includes pre-rolls and concentrates as well as edibles and topicals for top-performing brands. Flower One’s Nevada footprint includes the Company’s flagship facility, a 400,000 square-foot high-tech greenhouse and 55,000 square-foot production facility, as well as a second site with a 25,000 square-foot indoor cultivation facility and commercial kitchen. Flower One is a leader in the cannabis industry, with a team that is passionate about sharing cannabis to the world.
The Company’s common shares are traded on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the Company’s symbol “FONE”, in the United States on the OTCQX Best Market under the symbol “FLOOF” and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol “F11”. For more information, visit: https://flowerone.com.
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