MA Casino Career Training Institute Trains Card Dealers | Connecting Point | Mar. 13, 2018

MA Casino Career Training Institute Trains Card Dealers | Connecting Point | Mar. 13, 2018


>>>MASSACHUSETTS CASINO CAREER
TRAINING INSTITUTE IS A WORK
FORCE DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION
THAT HAS PARTNERED WITH HOLYOKE
COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SPRINGFIELD
TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AND
MGM TO RUN A 10-WEEK TRAINING
COURSE IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN
SPRINGFIELD.
PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS LEAVE WITH
SKILLS NECESSARY TO BECOME
DEALERS AS WELL AS OTHER AREAS
OF CASINO OPERATIONS.
PRODUCER ALEJANDRO CAMERON
VISITED THE INSTITUTE’S MOCK
CASINO FLOOR TO BRING US THIS
REPORT.
>>IT’S A TRADE, IT’S A TOOL
THAT YOU CAN USE ANYWHERE, AND
FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
>>WE’RE JUST IN OUR THIRD WEEK
HERE OF THE SCHOOL HERE.
BUT WE HAVE DONE THIS PROGRAM IN
PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY IN
MARYLAND AND A COUPLE OTHER
LOCATIONS WHERE WE’VE DEVELOPED
SOME CASINOS.
BUT WE’RE JUST IN WEEK THREE
RIGHT NOW, WE’RE TAKING BABY
STEPS.
>>THAT WAS GOOD.
>>SO THE PURPOSE OF THE SCHOOL
IS FOR PEOPLE TO COME HERE AND
GET THE TRAINING THEY NEED SO
THEY CAN BE DEALERS.
THEY COULD DEAL POKER, BLACK
JACK, CRAPS, ROULETTE, ALL THE
GAMES THAT MGM WILL HAVE
AVAILABLE ONCE THE CASINO OPENS.
THEY CAN GET THE SKILLS THEY
NEED SO THEY ARE EMPLOYABLE BY
MGM ULTIMATELY.
>>WE WANT TO REVITALIZE
WHATEVER AREA WE’RE GOING INTO,
SO OBVIOUSLY DOWNTOWN
SPRINGFIELD BEWANT TO EMPLOY THE
PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY AND
WE’VE GOT TO GIVE PEOPLE THE
SKILLS THAT THEY’RE GOING TO
NEED TO SUCCEED WITH US.
PEOPLE CAN REINVENT THEIR LIVES,
HAVE A SECOND CAREER, WHATEVER
THEY CHOOSE, BUT THE DRIVE IS TO
REALLY SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY,
BRING BACK THE ECONOMIC ENGINE
THAT SHOULD BE HERE AND EMPLOY
THE PEOPLE.
>>I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO THIS
IN MY YOUNGER DAYS AND I NEVER
DID IT.
NATURALLY YOU HAD TO GO TO LAS
VEGAS.
BUT THEN MGM CAME HERE TO
SPRINGFIELD AND I SAW AN
OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING THAT
I WANTED TO, SO I FIGURED LET ME
TAKE A SHOT AT IT.
>>WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF TWO
10-WEEK SESSIONS, THE FIRST ONE
HAS A BLACK JACK CLASS, THEN
WE’LL START A SEND SESSION OF 10
WEEKS WHICH WOULD EITHER TAKE
CRAPS, ARE ROULETTE.
>>I LOVE IT.
MY EXPERIENCE HERE HAS BEEN MORE
THAN I THOUGHT.
AFTER BEING HERE, STARTING MY
SECOND WEEK, IT’S A LOT MORE
EXCITING, A LOT MORE INTERESTING
THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD HAVE
BEEN TO START.
>>ONCE THEIR DONE AND NAY GET
THEIR CERTIFICATE, EL WE’LL HOW
HOW —
AUDITION FOR MGM AND MAKE A
DECISION ON WHETHER WE WANT TO
MOVE FORWARD WITH THEM.
>>IT GIVES ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO
START SOMETHING NEW AND
DIFFERENT, AND I’M VERY EXCITED.
>>IT A VERY EXPERIENCE ORIENTED
TRAINING, THEY’RE HANDING CARDS,
THEY’RE IN ACTIVE PLAY
THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
EACH WEEK THERE’S A QUIZ TO MAKE
SURE PEOPLE ARE LEARN AND IF
THEY NEED EXTRA HELP THE SCHOOL
IS OPEN ON SATURDAYS FOR PEOPLE
WHO NEED THE EXTRA HELP.
>>THE SECOND DAY WE GOT HERE
THE ELEVATOR DIDN’T FUNCTION, SO
ACTUALLY HAD TO USE THE STAIRS,
AND IT WAS NINE FLIGHTS UP.
AS I GOT IN THE DOOR I HEARD
SOMEBODY SAY THEY WERE GOING TO
SEND SOMEBODY DOWN TO SEE IF I
COULD MAKE IT BECAUSE I HAVE A
LITTLE BIT OF A KNEE INJURY.
I SAID REALLY, JUST TAKE YOUR
TIME.
>>WITH THE STUDENTS I JUST LOVE
WATCHING THEIR ENTHUSIASM, EVEN
FROM DAY ONE FROM THE BEGINNING
OF CLASS AT 8:00 A.M.
TO BY
11:15 AND THEY WERE ABLE
ACTUALLY TO HOLD THE CHECKS AND
HANDLE THE CHECKS AND IT WAS
LIKE WOW.
SO FOUR HOURS MAKES A BIG
DIFFERENCE I. JUST LOVE WATCHING
THEIR ENTHUSIASM, THEIR
PROGRESS, THROUGH THEIR EYES.
>>THIS IS TRULY AN OPPORTUNITY
FOR RESIDENTS IN SPRINGFIELD AND
SURROUNDING AREAS TO GAIN SKILLS
SO THEY CAN GET A JOB WITH AN
INTERNATIONAL COMPANY.
THE CLASSES THAT YOU TAKE HERE
ARE EXTREMELY AFFORDABLE AS
COMPARED TO OTHER AREAS OF THE
COUNTRY THAT TEACH GAMING AS
WELL.
AND MGM HAS ANNOUNCED A TUITION
REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM, SO IF YOU
COME TO SCHOOL, PASS TWO
CLASSES, TAKE THE AUDITION, AND
ARE GAINFULLY EMPLOYED BY MGM
AND STAY WITH THEM FOR A YEAR,
NAY WILL REIMBURSE YOU ALL THE
COST OF EDUCATION.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY REMAKE
YOUR CAREER.
>>GOING TO BE ABLE TO WORK
ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD FOR MGM
WOULD BE FANTASTIC.
OPENS UP LOTS OF DOORS AND
OPPORTUNITIES FOR MYSELF AND MY
FAMILY.

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