Part of what community colleges do, especially in times of high unemployment, is to train people to succeed in local companies. These schools provide training for the jobs of the future.

That doesn’t always mean jobs in high-tech manufacturing, allied health, or computer support, however. According to an article by Jan Larson McLaughlin in Bowling Green, Ohio’s Sentinel-Tribune:

More than 600 people could soon score jobs at the new Hollywood Casino on the edge of Wood County. The casino, being built on the Maumee River across from Toledo, has announced it is starting the hiring process for half of the 1,200 employees that will work at the facility when it opens in April.

More than 100 job offers have already been made to people who have gone through blackjack dealer courses. Ninety percent of the students in the dealer school held by Owens Community College and Hollywood Casino passed blackjack training last month, and top performers are now in craps classes held at the casino. Candidates who pass dealer school will be hired once they get their Ohio gaming licenses.

The five-week, 20-hours a week course in blackjack dealing costs about $1400.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer