Colleges training casino workers “absurd”

Colleges training casino workers “absurd”

October 28, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


COULD IMPACT WHERE JOB-SEEKERS LEARN TO BECOME CASINO WORKERS. CREATING A READY-TO-GO CASINO WORKFORCE OF MORE THAN 10,000 WORKERS IS ONE OF THE FIRST MAJOR CHALLENGES FACING THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING INDUSTRY. AND THE STATE’S GAMING COMMISSION HAS TO DECIDE HOW THOSE WORKERS WILL BE TRAINED AND LICENSED. THOSE STUDENTS WILL FAIL MISERABLY I GUARANTEE IT. AS 22NEWS FIRST REPORTED ON TUESDAY, THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION PLANS TO DENY A PROPOSAL FROM COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO HAVE EXCLUSIVE TRAINING RIGHTS OVER FUTURE CASINO WORKERS. BUT ONE EDUCATOR WHO SPECIALIZES IN TRAINING CASINO WORKERS LACKS CONFIDENCE IN PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION. COMMUNITY COLLEGES WITH ZERO EXPERTISE IN THE GAMING INDUSTRY, SPECIFICALLY IN TRAINING DEALERS, IS ABSURD. 15 COMMUNITY COLLEGES HAVE JOINED WORKFORCE EDUCATORS TO FORM THE MASSACHUSETTS CASINO CAREER TRAINING INSTITUTE. THEY WANT TO PROVIDE AN EFFICIENT ONE-STOP SHOP FOR CASINOS TO HIRE WORKERS. IT’S PART OF OUR MISSION AND WE WOULD BE INVOLVED IN IT AS BEST WE CAN WHETHER THE COMMISSION RECOGNIZES US AS THE EXCLUSIVE PROVIDER OR NOT. THE INSTITUTE WILL GET A RESPONSE FROM THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION NEXT WEEK ON THIS PROPOSAL TO WORK WITH THEM ON THE ISSUES OF JOB TRAINING AND LICENSING. THOUGH THE IDEA OF EXCLUSIVE TRAINING RIGHTS HAS BEEN DISMISSED, THE COMMISSION’S CHAIRMAN SAYS SOME SORT OF CENTRALIZED TRAINING SYSTEM MIGHT BE HELPFUL. I CAN IMAGINE HAVING SOMEBODY WHO HAS THE ABILITY TO SAY ‘YES’ THIS PERSON IS QUALIFIED OR NOT. MAYBE IT’S A STANDARDIZED TEST, I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS AND TO HAVE THAT LOCATED IN ONE SOLE PLACE SO WE I CAN IMAGINE HAVING SOMEBODY WHO HAS THE ABILITY TO SAY ‘YES’ THIS PERSON IS QUALIFIED OR NOT. MAYBE IT’S A STANDARDIZED TEST, I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS AND TO HAVE THAT LOCATED IN ONE SOLE PLACE SO WE HAVE SOME QUALITY CONTROL. EDUCATORS ESTIMATE THAT A STATEWIDE POOL OF 30,000 APPLICANTS WILL BE NEEDED TO FILL MORE THAN 10,000 JOB OPENINGS IN THE CASINO INDUSTRY.