Our very own Schenectady County Community College is best known for their culinary and hotel/restaurant management and hospitality degrees, but now they are planning on adding another program to the curriculum that will make them take off even more- game managing, and it might become available as soon as this fall. Maybe that's why they built all those dorms to house local students?

No, not video game managing as I first thought as well- it's games as in gambling, casinos, Las Vegas and other addicting, money hungry establishments.

The 45-year-old school has teamed up with Mohegan Sun and Saratoga Casino and Raceway to help start the program, according to SCCC president Quintin Bullock. The next step is to get permission from the mother college SUNY, as all public New York colleges need approval in order to launch new programs and degrees.

If SUNY is in favor of the program, those enrolled can expect to study the following:

  • How to coordinate, manage and run a casino
  • The laws behind gambling and the operations of gambling and casinos
  • Gambling addictions and how to recognize the warning signs
  • Off-site, hands on training and internships at casinos will be a big part of the program

The article also states:

The school’s gaming and casino management degree grew out of a 2011 vote by the state legislature to allow seven privately owned casinos to have table gambling such as Black Jack, Roulette, poker and craps. Currently, only Indian-run casinos are allowed to have those games.


Gaming proponents say the new casinos would create 5,000 permanent jobs ranging from security to dealers.


Saratoga Casino and Raceway seems a likely candidate for a full-fledged casino because the infrastructure already exists.

Looking further ahead, the college is also applying for a logistics and supply management degree program.

Do you think this is a winning idea or a huge gamble for SCCC? Why?

[Business Review]

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