On November 1st, 2022, the Career Education & Development Office held a cannabis career fair that featured several employers from the cannabis sector. Dr. Ashlee Roberts, Associate Director of Career Education & Development kick-started the event with a speech to welcome all the employers and students in attendance. According to Roberts, the cannabis career fair “will open the eyes of many to the opportunities available in the cannabis industry.” The opening segment, which featured Dr. Roberts’ speech, was also available for attendees who joined via Zoom.
After Roberts’ speech, the tabling by different companies began at the fair. The companies in attendance included Iconoclast Industries, HBK Cannabis Group, Puffin, Agri-kind, Valley Wellness, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union Local 152, and Surfside, among others.
Stacy Udell, the regional director of HBK group, said that the organization offers financial services, performs classic accounting work, and helps dispensaries that are in the cannabis industry. Agri-kind’s representative, Michael Butler stated that Agri-kind is into cannabis cultivation and lab processes in which the cannabis flower is turned into oil to make vapes.
UFCW’s representative stated that the union has over 40000 members nationwide and represents workers in the cannabis industry across the nation. On the other hand, Jake Bergmann, the co-founder and senior advisor of Iconocaust highlighted that the company is partnering with Stockton currently to run a US Department of Agriculture grant to research climate smart hemp, as well as to produce advanced biomaterials out of fibers.
The fair had a moderate amount of active attendees who asked questions about the various opportunities in the cannabis industry.