Colleges Help Prepare Train for 3,000 Casino Jobs

SPRINGFIELD — Shannon Sutherland said she loves gambling — especially blackjack.

And with the $960 million MGM Springfield resort casino opening in Springfield this year, Sutherland, 36, of Chicopee, plans to be a dealer and has enrolled in the new Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute, a collaborating workforce development organization by the state’s 15 community colleges to train workers for employment at each of the three regional casinos in the state.

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