AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - A University of Massachusetts department head believes that his graduating students would benefit from a casino being built in western Massachusetts.
The UMass Hospitality Department offers five courses dedicated to teaching students about casino and event management.
Hospitality & Tourism Management Department Head Haemoon Oh says that they have also added an online course, which is gaining popularity. Enrollment in some of these casino management courses has doubled in the last year.
Professor Oh added that 70% of the department's graduates stay in the state, and a western Massachusetts casino will only mean more jobs for graduating students.
“We, as a four year college, are targeting middle and upper-level managerial positions; in the long run, the high level senior management positions. We are looking at other job opportunities casinos can bring, like hotel resorts and restaurants,” he said.
Oh says that UMass could provide a casino operator with a skilled solid workforce and potential for a co-op relationship.