Elevated Learning Academy is Alberta’s only post-secondary institution focused on health education. It is exciting to add its newest program, the Cannabis and Health Specialist Diploma, to its existing accelerated, industry-focused, program offerings. Along with all of its programs being offered through an accelerated delivery (4-months in length), ELA also prides itself on ensuring that its programs are evidence-based, are industry-focused, and are delivered through a hands-on, interactive format, despite doing so through virtual, Canada-wide delivery.
In the last decade, cannabis has gone from a black-market commodity to a grey area, to get the green light for legal sales and consumption as not only a medicinal product, but also a recreational one. Many individuals who smoked marijuana twenty, thirty, or forty years ago – or more – and stopped due to stigmas and earlier laws, are now able to purchase and consume once more and do so without consequences. And, those who have never tried cannabis can buy it safely and legally in every province in Canada.
As the second G7 country to legalize cannabis, Canada has become a leader in the global cannabis industry when it comes to retail sales. Other countries have looked to Canada as a model for implementing legalization in their respective countries.
There is currently no other educational institution in Canada that offers a cannabis program as in-depth and comprehensive as that of ELA. We welcome students from across all provinces and are excited to contribute to this exciting industry in such an impactful way.
Jobs in the cannabis industry are highly sought-after, and for good reason: the industry is new, innovative, and makes for a stimulating work environment. People always want to know more about cannabis, whether they are curious onlookers, or fully-immersed pros. Cannabis is a community, and a culture, and brings together people from all demographics.
The Canadian cannabis industry is booming with a variety of employment opportunities, all which benefit from consistencies in knowledge pertaining to cannabis, and the laws associated with it. The ability to develop, as well as interpret this knowledge and communicate with consumers, is key to a long-lasting, successful future of the cannabis industry, which is the reason for why this cannabis program was launched.
It is the only cannabis program of its breadth and focus in Canada.
Other cannabis programs can’t compare, as their subject matter is quite different, often focused on cultivation, rather than consumption and its benefits. Elevated Learning Academy's Cannabis and Health Specialist diploma is the only one of its type in Canada.
The program is delivered through a flipped-classroom model, that combines the students' accessing resources and video lectures outside the classroom on their own time, as well as 12 hours/week of in-class experience that focuses on the hands-on applicatoin of the knowledge.
Because becoming an ELA student requires no prior degree or post-secondary education, more people can take part in the Cannabis and Health Specialist Diploma program and be on their way to becoming a part of one of Canada’s most exciting and fastest growing industries. This is a major advantage that this program can offer over some others with a science-focus, as other programs have prerequisites such as degrees in biology, chemistry, greenhouse technology, or agricultural sciences.
A virtual classroom is not all that different from attending class in a physical classroom. It involves being part of an online, video, scheduled group session/class with your peers and the instructor. The environment will allow you to interact with the rest of the class, ask questions, and break out into small or large groups for activities. The instructor will utilize similar tools to what they use in a typical classroom as well, like a virtual whiteboard, Powerpoint presentations, calling on students for inputs, leading of class discussions and more. Most of our students really enjoy it, especially since they can join from the comfort of their own home.
How much government student funding will I qualify for?
How much funding a student receives depends on the province that they’re applying from. However, all provinces typically fund, at the very least, the full tuition amount, and typically also provide students with some additional funding to help pay for living expenses.
How is a virtual classroom different from a typical online course experience?
A typical online course is dependent on student-directed learning, with no live instruction and minimal interaction among the students and with the instructor. ELA’s virtual classroom much more closely reflects a physical classroom, where all learning and teaching is done through a live video classroom environment, and a great deal of interaction occurs between teacher and students.
Do I need to be a weed smoker to take the program?
There is no expectation of students to consume cannabis during or after the program.
Elevated Learning Academy is most excited to pioneer within the Canadian cannabis education space by offering the Cannabis and Health Specialist Diploma. It is the first health-focused, designated, post-secondary diploma of its kind in Canada.
With such immense medicinal benefits, such as treatment of conditions of insomnia, inflammation, pain, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, and others it is of the greatest importance that as many people as possible are of the understanding of its proper usage.
The Cannabis and Health Specialist Diploma is research-based, and is taught by the highest of professionals in this field. We are excited to welcome students from all across Canada and beyond, and look forward to having you in our virtual cannabis classroom.
The overall message from the last two years, since cannabis’ Canadian legalization, is that cannabis is a booming industry in Canada.
With more dispensaries opening every day – as of April 2020, Alberta has 438 dispensaries (AGLC), and is by far the Canadian leader in per-capita sales (Calgary Herald). It has also been predicted that Canada will hit $3.16 billion in cannabis sales in 2020, twice of 2019 revenues (Bloomberg). All the statistics and data show that opportunities in the Canadian cannabis sector are only going to continue to flourish, and the receipt of an in-depth education can only lead to great payoffs.
Albertans spend an average of $45 per person on legal cannabis, compared to $23 in Quebec, $15 in Ontario, and $10 in BC. (Dec, 2019)
Albertans live in closer proximity to pot shops than anywhere else in the country (average distance is 13 km) (Dec, 2019)
Online cannabis sales account for only 6% of total (Dec, 2019)
Two of the world’s biggest cannabis companies are headquartered in Alberta: Aurora and Sundial.