In Massachusetts, Bristol Community College has been given permission to begin offering students courses aimed at preparing enrollees for jobs in the casino industry.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Thursday to award a certificate for a gaming management program to be taught in Fall River and Taunton. Certification is required because the college will conduct table games such as blackjack and craps as part of the student training.
This is the first time the gaming commission has issued such a certificate. The casino courses will be part of the school’s tourism and hospitality program.
“Preparing a local workforce to meet the demand of casino hiring is central to maximizing economic opportunity and job creation in the Commonwealth,” commission Chairman Steve Crosby said.
Some of the training courses are already underway, but the training on the gaming tables was awaiting commission approval. The program offers a two-year degree and will require regular academic courses such as English.