HCC, STCC launch casino gaming school ahead of MGM Springfield opening


TW, 22NEWS. ASHLEY: THE MGM SPRINGFIELD CASINO IS SET TO OPEN IN LESS THAN A YEAR. 22NEWS REPORTER MIKE MASCIADRELLI TELLS US WHAT TWO LOCAL COLLEGES ARE DOING TO HELP STUDENTS PREPARE FOR CASINO JOBS. MIKE: HOLYOKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND SPRINGFIELD TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE WILL OPEN A GAMING SCHOOL IN SPRINGFIELD IN TWO MONTHS. THE COLLEGES LAUNCHED THEIR NEW GAMING SCHOOL AT THE MASS MUTUAL CENTER IN SPRINGFIELD THIS MORNING. PROSPECTIVE DEALERS FILLED OUT APPLICATIONS FOR TRAINING CLASSES FOR CASINO JOBS NEEDED AT THE MGM SPRINGFIELD CASINO. TABLE GAMES INCLUDE BLACKJACK, POKER, CRAPS, ROULETTE,AND CARNIVAL GAMES. MORE THAN 20 PEOPLE SIGNED UP IN THE FIRST HALF HOUR. CHRISTINA ROYAL: 4:08 PRESIDENT, HCC THIS IS A GREAT WORKFORCE INITIATIVE ITS GOING TO HELP OUR ECONOMY ITS GOING TO HELP PEOPLE TO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR JOBS AND CAREERS IN THE FIELD OF GAMING. ROBERT WESTERFIELD: VICE PRESIDENT OF TABLE GAMES, MGM SPRINGFIELD WE LOOK AT IT AS WHEN PEOPLE COME OUT OF SCHOOL THEY’RE LAUNCHING A CAREER. I STARTED OUT AS A CRABS DEALER AND IT WAS A JOB. THE INTEREST HAS BEEN PHEMONAL, WE’RE VERY PLEASED AT THIS POINT. MIKE: MGM SPRINGFIELD SAID THEY WILL PROVIDE 3 THOUSAND JOBS, WITH AT LEAST 1,000 ON THE CASINO FLOOR. MIKE: THE GAMING SCHOOL WILL BE LOCATED AT MGM’S NEW TRAINING CENTER AT 95 STATE STREET IN SPRINGFIELD.

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