MGM National Harbor Partners with Prince George’s Community College To Launch Dealer School Training Program
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – APRIL 26, 2016 –MGM National Harbor, the luxury destination resort set to open later this year, today announced The Prince George’s Community College Dealer School (“Dealer School”), a new workforce training program launching May 16 that will provide potential candidates with the skills needed to apply for the nearly 1,000 exciting and rewarding jobs in the resort’s casino table games department.
“MGM National Harbor table game dealers will represent nearly one-third of our workforce,” said Logan Gaskill, vice president of human resources for MGM National Harbor. “Dealer School will open the door to exciting new career opportunities for many members of our community. We have a proven workforce partner in Prince George’s Community College, and are excited that they will lead this effort to train many of the people that will be out front with our customers every day.”
Hosted by Prince George’s Community College’s Office of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts Institute, Dealer School will offer candidates the opportunity to learn traditional games including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and Baccarat. Seasoned industry professionals from MGM National Harbor will lead classwork, and teach students the skills required to work at a world-class casino. Students who successfully complete Dealer School will be equipped with the necessary tools to launch a career at the resort.
Charlene M. Dukes, President of Prince George’s Community College, said, “The partnership between MGM National Harbor and Prince George’s Community College is ground-breaking because we are not only opening even more doors of opportunity to the community, but preparing candidates with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform at optimal levels upon starting. Knowing that thousands of jobs will be available in the very near future for anyone with the desire to learn a unique industry standard and bolster their professional skills is remarkable,” Dr. Dukes said.
The Prince George’s Community College Dealer School will offer students a six-week Blackjack course. Following successful completion of the Blackjack program, students will choose between two tracks, either a 12-week Craps course, or a combined 8-week Roulette and 4-week Baccarat course. MGM National Harbor’s instructors will be available to help students determine their best career path.
Classes will be held Mondays through Thursdays for three hours each day, with morning, afternoon and evening sessions to suit students’ scheduling needs. All classes will take place at 7100 Oxon Hill Road in Oxon Hill, Maryland, less than a mile from the MGM National Harbor resort site. Tuition begins at $380. Tuition assistance is available for qualified candidates.
Completion of Dealer School will not guarantee a job offer from MGM National Harbor. To apply, all candidates, including experienced dealers, will have to complete the following requirements:
- Successfully audition on dealing two games;
- Demonstrate exceptional customer service skills;
- Consent to a mandatory drug test and background check; and
- Be eligible and approved for a license from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission (MLGCA).
Watch this video from Jeff Elmore, MGM National Harbor’s vice president of table games, to learn what MGM looks for in a dealer.
For more details on how to enroll in Dealer School, please visit https://www.pgcc.edu/dealerschool/ or contact the Prince George’s Community College’s Office of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts Institute.
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Prince George’s Community College
Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers, to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skillsets, PGCC comprises students representing a wide range of ages, backgrounds and goals. Located across six campuses, serving more than 44,000 individuals annually, offering more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County. Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a commitment to student success enables PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.
About MGM National Harbor
The newest addition to the MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) portfolio, MGM National Harbor’s unrivaled setting offers stunning panoramic views of the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland. The $1.3 billion resort sits a short distance from Washington, D.C. to the north and historic sites, including George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate across the river in Virginia. The 24-story, 308-room resort will feature premier amenities and experiences for locals as well as visitors from around the world including a dynamic casino with over 125,000 square feet of space that includes slots, table games and poker; a world-class spa and salon; an entertainment theater with flexible seating for up to 3,000; high-end branded retail; 27,000 square feet of meeting space; and restaurants from renowned local, national and international chefs.
ABOUT MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort and Casino. MGM Resorts is a FORTUNE Magazine World’s Most Admired Company. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company’s website at www.mgmresorts.com.
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