GRCC, Gun Lake Casino launch Blackjack Dealer Academy

Ready to try your hand at a unique career? GRCC is partnering with Gun Lake Casino this fall to offer a Blackjack Dealer Academy.

It is the first such partnership in the state. 

According to GRCC representatives, Gun Lake Casino representatives reached out to GRCC Workforce Training for help bringing a program to the area.

Students who successfully complete the six-week training will receive Blackjack Dealer Academy certification and will be interviewed by the casino for jobs. Prospective students must be 21 and have a high school diploma or an equivalent. The casino is funding most of the training, so the class costs only $25 for students. 

The job openings are mainly for second- and third-shift hours. Wages vary, but the average is $18 to $22 per hour, including tips. In many cases, food and transportation are offered.

GRCC will host the first set of classes, which will be taught by a casino instructor, in October at the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC, 622 Godfrey Ave. SW. GRCC is hosting its first public information session at 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Tassell M-TEC. To register or to learn more, visit the webpage or contact Tassell M-TEC at (616) 234-3800. 

Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2013. Read Erin's full bio or email Erin.

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