Being a new company in the community, we wanted
to partner with an organization locally
that would help us achieve not only our goals
but the community’s goals.
Anne Arundel Community College has a great
track record of developing curriculum and
training their students for jobs in the field.
Before we had even opened, we went and met with
the community college about our restaurants.
And we ended up with a number of our recipes and
actually some of our chefs through that partnership.
AACC gave me the advantage to make me prepared.
They gave me real-life situations in the
kitchen during our labs.
They made sure that we understood if we did
something wrong on how to fix it, and
basically how to present ourselves throughout
the entire process of getting a job.
When this casino came here this was one of
the placed I wanted to be.
It was something new, something I’ve never
They put me up against another gentleman that
had 20 years of banquet experiences in hotels.
It really came down to execution, being
prepared, and the attitude I presented.
That really was what gave me the competitive
edge, and I think that how AACC helped me
prepare, is to give me all those tools to
set myself above the competition.
The dealer school was the next evolution in
The college had an interest in an on-going
program that would support not only us
but all the other casinos that are in the area.
That partnership has proved extremely valuable
as you can speak to 515 of the dealers
that graduated the program, and are
now here gainfully employed
and starting their new career
in the casino industry.
I just thought is was going to be a great
I always thought dealers were interesting,
almost like characters.
Because I was having a hard time finding a
job in today’s market
and I was getting discouraged.
The training was really intense.
I feel like it was pretty much like a bootcamp.
But the instructors, they guided you so well.
It was like nothing that they didn’t tell you.
They pulled me through it, taught me everything
little by little, and now
it was definitely worth giving it a shot.
I feel confident and good on the table.
I’m really enjoying being here.
I think we were all very prepared for what
we have to do at the casino.
I think it’s a great experience.
For the amount of that money you make coming
out of school,
We are now directly employing 2400 people
in the casino business.
This is a career opportunity for people.
It’s a big part of what’s happening here
in Anne Arundel
and we should make the education match
to the extent that we can.