As the state's first resort casinos inch closer to becoming a reality in Massachusetts, a local college is betting on a new major so students can take advantage of the new industry.
Lasell College recently announced that starting this fall it will offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Resort and Casino Management. The small Newton college said there is no other Resort and Casino Management degree program in existence at any other Massachusetts college or university.
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"The Resort and Casino Management major will allow present and future students to study a field that is about to dramatically increase in Massachusetts. We believe that this additional major will attract student from within and beyond the region, as there are very few Bachelor's Degree programs in Casino Management in the U.S., and none currently in Massachusetts," said Jim Ostrow, Lasell's vice president for academic affairs.
The college said it also intends to create industry partnerships to provide students a connection and opportunity for hands-on experience.
Some of the courses include Technology in Casino Operations and Legal Issues and Ethics in the Hospitality Industry.
The newly formed Massachusetts Gaming Commission has said it plans to award the first casino license next year. It could still be years before a casino is built in the state.
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