Gibbs College in Cranston Announces New Business Concentration in Casino Operations

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Associate degree prepares students for supervisory positions in booming gaming industry.

The rapid growth we have seen in the gaming industry has created a strong demand for industry professionals who understand the intricate demands of the gaming environment

Gibbs College in Cranston today announced that it will begin offering an Casino Operations concentration to students pursuing an career in the expanding gaming industry. Students will be able to earn an Associate in Science degree in Business Operations with a concentration in Casino Operations in as little as 18 months.

Responding to new job and employment trends, Gibbs College updates and adds programs to meet the career demands of numerous growth industries. Employment in gaming services occupations is projected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. Job prospects are considered brightest for those applicants who possess an degree or certification in gaming or other hospitality-related field.

"The steady growth of our industry could translate to a 20-35% increase nationally in demand for new talent over the next ten years," said JoAnn Webber, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. "We are excited that the new gaming program at Gibbs will provide a steady stream of candidates who will have a solid understanding of gaming operations as well as management and business skills."

The casino operations concentration is a broad academic program, giving students a deep understanding of business principles related to gaming operations and training.

  • The casino operations concentration includes relevant professional studies in the areas of cash management, gaming management, current trends in casino gaming and legal and regulatory aspects of gaming. These courses give students an overview of the industry, as well as provide the specific management skills required by employers.
  • The program integrates a strong business component, including six core classes such as accounting, statistics, human resources, and ethics.
  • Ten general education classes that include courses in the humanities, the social sciences, math and science complete the program requirements.

"The rapid growth we have seen in the gaming industry has created a strong demand for industry professionals who understand the intricate demands of the gaming environment," said Gibbs College president Wynn Blanton. "Graduates of our program will receive broad and in-depth academic training to prepare them for supervisory roles in gaming establishments."

Gibbs College is developing an Advisory Board for the program, whose responsibilities will include ensuring that the concentration curriculum remains current with industry trends, initiating program enhancements, and serving as the school's liaison to the casino/hospitality industry.

Gibbs College in Cranston will begin offering classes in the Casino Operations concentration on January 9, 2006. Applications are currently being accepted for the program. For additional information about Gibbs College's concentration in Casino Operations, call our Admissions Department at 401-824-5300.

About Gibbs College

For over 90 years, the Gibbs Schools (originally, Katherine Gibbs Schools) have successfully helped students reach their professional goals. The first of the Katherine Gibbs Schools, Gibbs College in Cranston offers career-oriented Associate degree and certificate programs in fields such as Criminal Justice, Information Technology and Health Information Technology, Medical Assisting, Visual Communications, and Business Studies. Our programs are hands-on and industry-current in order to provide our students with the critical thinking, business and substantive skills they need to achieve success in their chosen fields. Gibbs College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award academic Associate degrees and certificates and has been approved by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education.

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