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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. 

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She 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, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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