After noticing the need for gaming management and leadership skills for casino positions, Community College of Beaver County joined with the College of Southern Nevada to offer an associate’s degree in casino management.

The College first formed a partnership with the Meadows Racetrack & Casino, located in Washington, PA, in 2010 to help train Meadows employees for jobs involving table-games operations in the Meadow’s local casino. After seeing the need for additional training, the College and its partners created the 64-credit associate’s degree program to prepare students to move into managerial positions in the casino industry.

“We had discussions with casino dealer training instructors, the Meadows casino management team, and Casino Management program faculty from the College of Southern Nevada (CSN),” said Deborah Micheals, Director of Business and Technology at CCBC. She continued, “Several factors played a role in us deciding to offer this program.  There was an identified need for gaming management skills, such as gaming laws and regulations, gaming management and supervision, cage operation, customer service, accounting, slots management, and casino marketing.”

With that in mind, officials at CCBC created a curriculum to train workers for current job openings as well as meet the needs for employment growth in the casino industry.

“The goal was to develop a program that addressed this need [for workers] and to afford potential students with the leadership skills necessary for positions such as casino floor supervisor, shift supervisor, table game supervisor, pit manager, or casino manager,” said Micheals.

The articulation agreement with College of Southern Nevada (CSN) allows students to take gaming-related courses online through CSN. Business-related courses can be taken online through CCBC or in the classroom at the Washington County Center or the main campus in Monaca.  Table games training classes can be taken at CCBC’s Washington County Center or, if the student already has table game licenses, three credits will be granted for each table game license, resulting in up to nine credits toward the program.

With this partnership, the College continues to join forces to meet the training need of employers in the region.