Aleafia Health’s FoliEdge Academy partners with Seneca to provide cannabis education programming
FoliEdge Academy will support in the development of accredited cannabis courses and certifications offered in various formats at Seneca
Toronto, Dec. 13, 2019 – Aleafia Health Inc.’s (TSX: ALEF, OTC: ALEAF, FRA: ARAH) (“Aleafia Health” or the “Company”) cannabis education division, FoliEdge Academy Inc., has entered into a partnership with Seneca to develop and deliver new courses and programs focused on aspects of the cannabis industry in Canada.
With the federal legalization of cannabis in Canada in 2018, there was a recognition that there would be an increased demand for trained and re-trained experts and new staff to support the booming growth of cannabis companies in the country. As Canada has become only the second country in the world to legalize adult use, estimates suggest the cannabis industry could add 150,000 jobs in Canada over the next several years.
There is a critical demand for all levels of education, from beginner survey courses to in-depth post-graduate certificate courses for professionals in production, medical and policy roles. It is with the goal of meeting this need by delivering top quality education that FoliEdge Academy has partnered with Seneca, a leading postsecondary institution in Ontario that is continuously innovating and developing new content for its students and stakeholders.
FoliEdge Academy is a cloud-based cannabis education and certification platform. It features proprietary, interactive courses customized for large organizations including public and private sector employers, unions, insurance and healthcare providers, and educational institutions. FoliEdge Academy course content will form an important element of Aleafia Health’s scalable cannabis health and wellness ecosystem, integrating with the company’s medical cannabis clinic network with 70,000 patients seen to date. The evidence-based courses draw upon the Company’s 10 million-point medical cannabis dataset and other research performed by Aleafia Health.
FoliEdge Academy and Seneca’s Faculty of Continuing Education & Training will be launching online self-study courses, including:
- Cannabis 101 A Beginner’s Guide: Broad information for the general public and anyone with an interest in the sector
- Cannabis - Patient and Family Education: Detailed information for patients and their families who have decided to undertake cannabinoid therapy
- Cannabis - Employer and Employee Education: Detailed information about policy, regulation and application for large employers and staff, unions and professionals
- Referring Doctors: Practical steps and approaches for doctors on referring patients to specialty clinics
- Cannabinoid Therapy: Curated clinical education for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare alliance workers
In addition to the new courses, FoliEdge Academy and Seneca will work together to develop tailored programs to give students the opportunity for cannabis specialization related to their career or current area of study.
"I am especially excited by the open access planned by Seneca. Their philosophy is that they want to have as many students as possible to be able to take the courses we build together using leading-edge education and training tools" said Rob Tyrie, general manager of FoliEdge Academy"
"The flexibility of the programming being offered is totally focused on the needs of students,” said Jeff McCarthy, Dean of the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training “We are excited to apply the education techniques and the specific cannabis content from FoliEdge Academy to help students enhance their job opportunities, and support the industry and government demand for new, relevant training for their employees."
About Aleafia Health
Aleafia Health is a leading, vertically integrated cannabis health and wellness company with four primary business units: Cannabis Cultivation & Products, Health & Wellness Clinics, Cannabis Education, and Consumer Experience with ecommerce, retail distribution and provincial supply agreements.
Aleafia Health owns three major cannabis product & cultivation facilities, two of which are licensed and operational. The company produces a diverse portfolio of commercially proven, high-margin derivative products including oils, capsules and sprays. Aleafia Health operates the largest national network of medical cannabis clinics and education centres staffed by MDs, nurse practitioners and educators.
Aleafia Health maintains a medical cannabis dataset with over 10 million data points to inform proprietary illness specific product development and treatment best practices. The company is committed to creating sustainable shareholder value and has been named the 2019 top performing company of the year by the TSX Venture Exchange.
Combining career and professional skills training with theoretical knowledge, Seneca provides a polytechnic education to 30,000 full-time and 60,000 part-time students. With campuses in Toronto, York Region and Peterborough and education partners around the world, Seneca offers degrees, graduate certificates, diplomas and certificates in more than 300 full-time, part-time and online programs. Seneca’s credentials are renowned for their quality and respected by employers. Co-op and work placements, applied research projects, entrepreneurial opportunities and the latest technology ensure that Seneca graduates are highly skilled and ready to work.
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