Olive-Harvey College celebrated Earth Day Thursday with a new greenhouse for growing hemp.
The college’s Urban Agriculture program will use the 1,500-square-foot greenhouse to provide students with hands-on experience – and find their way into careers in the booming legal cannabis industry.
Students will use the greenhouse hemp to make a variety of commercial and industrial products.
“As the cannabis industry continues to grow, industry experts have indicated that optimal growth occurs in greenhouse environments,” said Kimberly Hollingsworth, president of Olive-Harvey College, in a press release.
“Building this greenhouse and providing tactile training will help our students gain a foothold in this profitable growth industry.”
Kimberly Hollingsworth, President of Olive-Harvey College, spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony in the greenhouse on Thursday. Olive-Harvey is part of the City Colleges of Chicago system. Anthony Vazquez / Sun-Times
Students on the college’s specialty program in cannabis pharmacy operations learn the history, culture, laws, and regulations of cannabis, and prepare to work in licensed pharmacies or pursue other careers in the cannabis industry.
“It changed my career,” said Angelique Nieves, who recently received a certificate in the program and spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony.
“This greenhouse is sure to inspire other students to study because it literally puts theory in the hands of the students.”
Construction of the greenhouse is expected to be completed this fall at the College, 10001 S. Woodlawn Ave.
During the groundbreaking ceremony for the new hemp greenhouse, fake hemp plants sit on a table in front of Olive-Harvey College. Anthony Vazquez / Sun-Times