MGM Gets $229K from Massachusetts For Casino Employee Traning

MGM Resorts partnered with the Holyoke Community College of Massachusetts to train specialized employees for its new casino resort in Springfield. The state awarded the partnership's new culinary center a $229,500 grant to train the casino workforce.

The upcoming MGM Springfield anticipates a need for up to 900 trained hospitality service staff at the resort. The new MGM Resorts HCC Culinary Arts Center will be the source for those staff. The program is currently offering free job training ahead of the casino opening in September 2018.

MGM's partnership with HCC also extends to gaming floor staff training. Applications are currently being accepted for entrance in the new Massachusetts Casino Careers Training Institute, which will train dealers, croupiers, and table game employees.

The dealer training is run by the Springfield Technical Community College and HCC, and are set to begin in February. The casino training courses offered will cost between $199 and $599. MGM is providing the location and equipment, and the community colleges are providing the training with approval from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

The courses will provide students a background in Massachusetts gaming law, along with industry standards and best practices. The Level 1 course provides 200 hours of class time on blackjack, craps, poker, and roulette. Level 2 is a more in-depth study of each game, along with other games such as mini baccarat and pai gow poker.

All students who pass Level 2 are guaranteed a job interview, said MGM officials. The casino is looking to hire around 400 dealers. The average salary will be $40,000 a year.

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