The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the Springfield Technical Community College Foundation and the Holyoke Community College Foundation have provided funding to create scholarships for MCCTI students. In addition, MCCTI has been designated as a pre-apprenticeship training program through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a federally funded employment and training program.
“STCC and HCC, in collaboration with MGM, have created MCCTI to make sure people get the training they need for the jobs they want,” said Michele Cabral, Director of MCCTI. “These scholarship opportunities make it possible for everyone who wants a job or wants a better job, to get the skills they need.”
Registration is ongoing, with seats available for April sessions (starting 4/9, 4/23, and 4/30), as well as May and June classes. The courses are geared toward those interested in beginning a career but who do not yet have experience or training as table game dealers. Successful completion of two or more classes at MCCTI guarantees an audition with MGM Springfield. The resort and casino is seeking to hire 450 table games and poker dealers.
“The chance to start a new career and secure this training at no cost or reduced cost is a significant opportunity we hope many Springfield area residents will consider,” said Alex Dixon, General Manager, MGM Springfield. “Becoming a table games dealer is one of the most coveted and fruitful careers choices in the gaming, hospitality and entertainment industries. It’s a great way to make a life and provide for a family, and we’re thankful for MCCTI’s help in this endeavor.”
Scholarship information, along with a full schedule of classes and course descriptions, is available on the MCCTI website at www.mccti.org.
“The training is happening between now and July 18,” added Cabral. “We hope those who are unemployed, underemployed or who have been displaced will take advantage of these scholarships, which provide access to high quality career and skills training for area residents.”
MGM Springfield and MCCTI will host information sessions on Saturday, April 7 & 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public, these sessions will provide specifics on registration and enrollment, what it takes to become a successful table games dealer, skills required, and opportunities available. No formal education is required to apply to the school, and beginners are welcome. Information sessions will be held at the new MCCTI facility at 95 State Street in downtown Springfield. To learn more or to register in advance, please visit http://www.mccti.org/upcoming.html