NMC launches casino-management program

NORTHERN Marianas College has added casino management to its programs that support the workforce development efforts of the CNMI government.

NMC President Carmen Fernandez said those who complete the program will be eligible to apply for a job at Imperial Pacific’s casino facility.

Other NMC programs include basic law enforcement, business management, computer applications, fire science technology, hospitality, nursing assistant and small-business management.

Fernandez said the casino-management course will require the student to take 30 credits and spend six months at the most to complete the program.

“It’s a fast way to get a highly qualified person into the job market,” she said in an interview after her presentation at the Saipan Chamber of Commerce meeting on Wednesday to update the business community about NMC’s latest programs.

“The nursing assistant and computer technology programs are also important because those areas are critical to workforce needs, but the big one is the casino-management program because when the Imperial Pacific International casino and hotel facility opens in August, they will need at least a thousand employees. This program will help our local workers get the knowledge and the training so they can fit the positions being offered by the casino industry,” Fernandez said.

“The casino is operating on a 24-hour basis so they always need employees to man the operations. It’s important that we train our people so they can be qualified to work and they can slowly take the jobs that CW workers hold,” she added.

Fernandez said the program can be accelerated. “We can do six weeks or have it fit the company’s schedule if the student is already working at the casino.”

Fernandez said a class can accommodate up to 10 students. “For casino management, we can always start at seven but the usual number will be 10 students in a class,” she added.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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