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GRCC partners with Gun Lake Casino for a Blackjack Dealer Academy

A patron of Newport Grand plays at a virtual blackjack terminal in October 2014.

By Kristy Medina

This fall, Grand Rapids Community College is partnering with Gun Lake Casino for a BlackJack Dealer Academy.

The program, offered through GRCC’s Workforce Training, will train students to become blackjack dealers and prepare them for jobs at the casino that would pay an average of $18-$20 per hour. 

GRCC is the first public community college in Michigan to partner with a tribal casino on this type of academy.  “We are also located in the heart of Grand Rapids training close to where people live,” said Julie Parks, Executive Director of GRCC Workforce Training. 

“Being a dealer at the casino would allow for students to see these opportunities and have experience with this organization,” Parks said.“The casino offers all kinds of career paths and there are GRCC graduates working there today.” 

Students must be 21 for entry. Each cost for a student is $25. The casino covers all other costs. Tuesday and Thursday classes start October 8, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday classes start October 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

All classes will be held at Tassell M-Tec, and lunch will also be provided for students.

Grand Rapids Community College also offers many degree courses, certifications and training programs. They have been offering many education opportunities for years. 

To register, or to learn more, you can visit the webpage or contact Tassell M-Tec at (616) 234-3800.