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MGM Begins Push To Hire Thousands For Springfield Casino

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       The largest mass hiring process in recent western Massachusetts history is underway.

      MGM announced Monday the addition of more than 1,000 jobs to its employment website, bringing to about 2,400 the number of positions to fill at the Springfield casino that is scheduled to open in September. 

      Wanda Gispert, MGM’s regional vice president of workforce development, said for months now the company has gone around to schools, community centers, and even churches to promote casino jobs.

       " There are jobs available in all areas, but training is now. This is when you need to be in a program," said Gispert.

       MGM is planning to train hundreds of would-be dealers at a new gaming school in downtown Springfield and has supported culinary and hospitality programs at local colleges in an effort to development the workforce for the new casino industry.              

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.