Crews at MGM National Harbor casino and resort are preparing for the grand opening and still need to hire 3,600 people, including 700 card dealers who can take training courses that start Monday.
Casino executives are betting Maryland residents and people across the region can learn fast. Jeff Elmore, vice president of table games at the casino, said experience is not necessary.
"We are going to give you the skills to become a dealer. All you have to do is come with a positive attitude," he said. "A smile on your face and a positive attitude."
Of the 3,600 new employees the company is seeking, 40 percent need to come from Prince George's County, per MGM's agreement with the county.
"We are going to meet our commitment, but we also are looking for people from D.C., Virginia and other parts of Maryland," vice president for human resources Logan Gaskill said.
MGM previously partnered with Prince George’s Community College on a culinary and hospitality training. Classes in the Dealer School Training Program start Monday in Oxon Hill. Tuition starts at $380, and courses in blackjack, craps, roulette and baccarat are offered.
"MGM National Harbor’s instructors will be available to help students determine their best career path," the community college's website says.
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Completion of the program does not guarantee a job offer from MGM. Card dealers must audition and get licensed by the state, among other requirements.
Courtney Ison of Upper Marlboro got a crash course in card dealing Thursday, checking out her options at the dealer school's open house.
"It felt really good. I wasn’t expecting to do that well my first time," she said.