By The Advocate
Encore Boston Harbor and Wynn Resorts are doubling down on Massachusetts.
That was the message being sent by Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox during Monday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the casino’s joint training project with Cambridge College, the Greater Boston Gaming Career Institute. In addition to opening the training program for future dealers at the casino, Maddox announced that Wynn Resorts will donate $100,000 to support residents of Greater Lawrence who have been impacted by last week’s natural gas disaster, as well as provide 25 scholarships to the school for Greater Lawrence residents.
“Encore Boston Harbor is dedicated to Massachusetts, we’re dedicated to the people here and we’re dedicated to our employees,” said Maddox. “We always have to remember that when people are having tough times, it’s our responsibility to step up and try to make a difference. Not just money – we’re also going to be contributing 25 scholarships for that region, for this school, so that they’ll have a real shot at a great career.”
“These aren’t just jobs; they’re careers,” said Maddox. “They’re well-paying careers. In fact, one of our top executives, Doug Williams – he runs our entire table games division – started out as a dealer. Lots of our executives start in these careers. A lot of people will stay there, because they’re great jobs, but they will also be able to progress through our company, if they’re interested.”
At the gaming institute, which is located at 510 Rutherford Ave. in Charlestown at the Hood Executive Park near Sullivan Square, students will train to be dealers in a variety of different games in courses such as the 14-week Perfecting Poker and the 9-week Mastering Blackjack. The faculty is composed of professional casino dealers provided by Wynn Resorts.
The cost to study each game is $700, and there are 50 fully-funded scholarships from Encore Boston Harbor being made available for any local residents who can’t afford to attend. Half of the scholarships are to be awarded to women. Only people 18 years old or older are eligible to enroll in the school.
So far, 195 local students have enrolled into the school’s Bet on U program, with over 1,900 applications for the next semester, which begins in January of next year. Applications for the program are now being accepted. For more information, visit www.BetOnU.com.