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Ahead Of Casino School Opening, MGM Schedules Information Sessions On Training

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As MGM gets ready for the September opening of the Springfield casino, a series of information sessions start this weekend on the training required to get hired as a dealer.

MGM and the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute will provide details on how to register for classes that begin on February 26th to train people to run casino games including poker, blackjack and roulette.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis for about 700 openings for the inaugural classes according to Jeff Hayden, executive director of the casino school.

"My expectation is that we will have significant demand," said Hayden.

Information is available atwww.mccti.org

Students who graduate from the school with training in at least two different table games will be guaranteed a tryout, or what MGM calls an “audition,” to work in the casino.

MGM said it expects to hire 450 table-game operators beginning this summer.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.