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Rivers Casino, CCAC offer dealer training classes

23 June 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) continues its partnership with Rivers Casino to provide dealer training in a variety of table games. By completing one or several of the dealer courses offered, Pittsburgh residents can obtain the training needed to be eligible to start an exciting career in the casino industry in as little as five weeks.

Since opening in February 2016, CCAC Casino Dealer Training School has been successfully training current casino employees, as well as those seeking employment in the casino industry. The school is approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and is recognized by all casinos in the state, as well as some out-of-state casinos.

Students in the entry-level course are trained in 100 hours of blackjack and banked games, as well as several other poker derivative games. Individuals who successfully complete the course are eligible to work as a dealer. A poker class is also offered for students seeking employment as a poker room dealer.

"These courses are a great resource for anyone wishing to start a new career and can be a nice alternative to expensive colleges and universities," said Patricia Friedrich, project director for CCAC's Casino School and a member of the college's Workforce Development team. "Whether you are looking for a new challenge, going through a career transition or looking for an opportunity with more career growth, our programs are a great way for Pittsburghers to quickly learn new skills in a matter of weeks."

As part of the curriculum, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board requires students to audition to test their newly learned skills. With the partnership between Rivers Casino and CCAC, this audition is completed during the course, which boosts their chances of securing a position.

"The gaming industry is a fast-paced, exciting environment, and our partnership with CCAC allows potential employees to acquire the skill set needed to begin their casino dealer careers," said Craig Clark, general manager at Rivers Casino. "The program at CCAC does an excellent job preparing students, and we have offered numerous students who have successfully completed the dealer training classes new career opportunities."

All dealer classes are offered at the CCAC Allegheny Campus at the Casino Dealer Training School located in the Library Building. For more experienced dealers, courses are periodically offered in Craps, Roulette, Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow.

For additional information on costs and schedules, visit CCAC's Casino Dealer Training School's website For more information about careers at Rivers Casino, visit the casino's website.

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