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Casino training would benefit Mississippians

Are training courses for Mississippians looking for work in the gaming industry really needed?

The answer is a resounding yes.

Casinos are a fact of Mississippi life. And for better or worse, casinos are here to stay – despite the ill-conceived initiative being pushed by Elizabeth Stoner of Eupora.

One important means of cashing in on gaming is placing Mississippians into well-paying casino jobs. Community college leaders are pushing for courses at their institutions that will provide training in accounting, management and equipment repair. The state Board for Community and Junior Colleges will ask lawmakers to support the classes during the next legislative term. Such classes would be an important investment in people and a step toward insuring that gaming`s investment in Mississippi pays off for the long-term.

The classes proposed by the state`s community colleges won`t be teaching folks how to gamble. They`re simply business courses specifically designed for the gaming world. It`s just another aspect of the entertainment and hospitality industry that is critical to the Mississippi economy.

Legislators should support these classes.

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