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MGM offers sneak peek at new gaming school

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MGM's Springfield casino is scheduled to open this fall and the hiring process is in full swing.

Among the jobs being filled are dealers for the hundreds of gaming tables.

On Tuesday, MGM unveiled its gaming school which will train casino dealers.

"I'm hoping to become a dealer for MGM," said Diane Garvey of Wilbraham.

Garvey is interested in the training school that MGM is offering for casino dealers.

A new casino and a new start to her professional career.

"I was employed in sales for years and with reorganization and cutbacks, I was let go," Garvey noted.

Garvey's is one story of those looking for work at the casino.

Today, MGM is offered a preview of the soon to open Casino Career Training Institute.

The school is designed to help develop and train individuals, like Garvey, interested in applying for gaming positions.

Mock gaming sessions were offered to highlight what students will learn.

Local dignitaries like Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno got an opportunity to deal cards at the blackjack table.

MGM Springfield is looking to hire 450 table games and poker dealers.  That includes blackjack, craps, poker, and roulette.

What are they looking for in prospective dealers?

"A great attitude looking for folks with great attitudes who are willing to learn.  It's never too late time is now go to to apply online," said MGM Springfield general manager Alex Dixon.

The gaming school is a collaboration between Holyoke Community College, Springfield Technical Community College, and MGM.

Casino dealers make between $45,000 to $50,000, including tips.

MGM  is also offering a tuition reimbursement for the gaming school.  If you're hired by MGM and work at the casino for a year, your tuition will be reimbursed.

Classes for the new gaming school start February 26.

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