Upskill Today with UVM’s Career Workshops

Making a career change or refining your skills can feel like a leap. The Upskill Vermont Scholarship Program has career workshops to help you land on your feet — and hit the ground running.

During each info session (see below), representatives from the University of Vermont presented information on programs and courses offered by the Center for Leadership and Innovation.


11-11:30 a.m. — Careers in Cannabis and Evidence-Based Cannabis Education

Considering a career in cannabis? Learn about your options at UVM with Dr. Monique McHenry, botanist and director of the Medical Cannabis Center for Research and Education and co-director of the cannabis pharmacology course at the University of Vermont Medical School.

Cannabis is now legal across the U.S. Used as an alternative to medications for chronic pain and other conditions, cannabis is also the fastest growing industry in the country, with sales expected to reach over $10 billion in total this year.

With such a dramatic rise in interest, there is an even greater demand for clinicians, dispensary managers, and other industry professionals to understand the indications, counter-indications, benefits, and risks of cannabis.

The University of Vermont is the first medical school in the nation to offer a professional certificate in cannabis science and medicine. The seven-week, online professional certificate is designed for physicians, dispensary personnel, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants, and regulators.

Offered by UVM’s Department of Pharmacology, the non-credit program covers cannabis history, business, law and policy, plant biology, biological effects on humans, production and safety, pharmacology, and clinical research. Explore the Cannabis Programs at UVM in this interactive session.

12-12:30 p.m. — Careers in Public Health & UVM Master of Public Health Overview

Considering a career in public health? Get an overview of UVM’s Master of Public Health (MPH) Program with Jan Carney, MD, MPH: Associate Dean for Public Health and Health Policy; Professor of Medicine and Director of Graduate Public Health Programs, Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.

Public Health is one of the fastest-growing areas of healthcare today. Explore UVM’s Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited online Master of Public Health program in this interactive info session.

Careers in healthcare are expected to grow at a faster rate than other industries. UVM offers an online Master of Public Health degree in partnership with Larner College of Medicine which can prepare students for a variety of the fastest-growing careers in Public Health. MPH Program Director Jan Carney, MD, MPH will discuss the variety of career paths in public health and provide an overview of the UVM Public Health programs.

Michelle Forester

1-1:30 p.m. — Transitioning to a Career in Craft Brewing & UVM Business of Craft Beer Program Overview

Considering a career in craft brewing? Learn about your options at UVM with Michelle R. Forster, Executive Director of the Wyoming Craft Brewers Guild and Distillers Guild.

Do you need to be an expert in craft beer to work in the industry? According to Abby Bruins, before working in beer, my background was very sports heavy as I worked for a handful of professional and collegiate teams. I’m confident that having UVM’s Business of Craft Beer professional certificate on my resume assisted with catching eyes during the interview process as well as preparing me for the industry.

There are additional resources at UVM to help give job candidates a leg up. The Business of Craft Beer certificate program offers courses in operations, marketing, distribution, and sales for craft beer. All courses are online, taught by industry professionals and encourage networking —another key to potentially landing that coveted job in craft beer.

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