With Resorts World New York City (RWNYC) having established a major foundation and providing an economic impact within the state, the company announced a major initiative to recruit and educate the next wave of potential New York gaming employees.
CUNY’s York College in Jamaica, Queens, announced Wednesday a partnership with RWNYC on an “Intro to Gaming Operations” course.
The timing seems near-perfect with the potential of three downstate casinos coming to the city after being included in the last budget.
It also comes in the year when sports betting New York has become a major tax source to the state.
The six-week program is designed to expose participants to casino operations with the goal of creating a pipeline of local job opportunities at RWNYC, which is just 20 minutes from York’s campus.
About the New Course
The course launches June 8 (Session I) in person at York and an online session will begin July 16 (Session II). The course is open to the public, but seating is limited and based upon meeting certain requirements. This is a non-credit course. Upon completing the six-week course, participants will receive a certificate of completion.
“I am proud of RWNYC’s partnership with York College, one of our city’s finest universities, which is located right in our backyard,” said Robert DeSalvio, president of Genting Americas East, in a news release. “Giving back to our Queens community is a top priority for RWNYC and this course allows us to fulfill that mission.
“Participants will gain first-hand multidisciplinary knowledge and experiences that will serve them throughout their careers, whether in the gaming business or another field of their choosing.”
Enrollees will learn about operational departments such as slots and table games, marketing, cage, security, hotel operations and information technology.
“York College is delighted with this collaboration between its institution and Resorts World," said Dr. Berenecea Johnson Eanes, president of York College, CUNY. “This course will help participants develop the unique skills to take advantage of job and career opportunities available at Resorts World New York City.
“I thank President DeSalvio and Vice President of Community Development Michelle Stoddart, along with the entire Resorts World leadership team, for their vision and their faith in York as a partner in this effort.”
Many New York Facets of Resorts World
RWNYC is the only casino in New York City (for now), offering more than 6,500 slot machines and electronic table games.
The new budget for the state calls for as many as three new casinos close to New York City.
Resorts World Sportsbook New York launched on March 3.
Since launch, it has brought in a handle of $13.6 million and total revenue of just less than $500,000.