2012-02-04 / News

COTC to provide training for casino jobs

NEWARK – Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and Hollywood Casino Columbus recently announced a unique partnership in which COTC will provide workforce training for potential casino employees.

COTC will primarily provide non-gaming training such as security, slot machine technical support, and accounting. Columbus State Community College and Hondros College are two other educational partners for the casino.

“COTC’s mission is to meet the technical education and training needs of students and employers in the area,” noted Joy Padgett, COTC director of government relations and grants. “Training the emerging workforce for good paying jobs with benefits and longevity is precisely in agreement with the core of COTC’s mission.”

COTC’s casino training classes will first be offered in summer 2012, several months before Hollywood Casino Columbus’ planned opening date of autumn 2012. While exact class dates are yet to be determined, in order to best accommodate the widest possible range of prospective students, COTC will offer classes at multiple locations and times of day throughout central Ohio. College-credit classes and not-for-college credit classes will be offered through COTC’s Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC). COTC is committed to exploring the possibility of incorporating some casino training certificates toward completion of an associate degree.

Prospective students can call the WDIC to be added to a list to receive class information when available. Please call 740.755.7122. Additionally, as class information becomes available it will be added to the WDIC web page: http://www.cotc.edu/AboutCOTC/WDIC/Pages/default.aspx

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