Wyandotte County Casinos may Give College a Big Boost
Kansas City Kansas Community College is rolling toward curriculum winnings as potential Wyandotte County casino managers consider how to gather the hundreds of workers needed to staff a multimillion-dollar project.
“Every casino operator has talked to us about this,” said Lori Trumbo, dean of business and continuing education. “They are going to need these employees, and they’re going to need them to be well-trained, so they’re very interested in helping us.”
In the spring, the college received federal earmarks totaling $784,000 for use in building industry-standard certification and associate’s degree programs in retail, hospitality and lodging. The certification program should begin within two months and the associate’s degree program within a year, Trumbo said.
The certification program probably will take 10 weeks to 30 weeks and, depending on the focus, teach interpersonal, service, sales, decision-making, security, leadership and/or product skills. The associate’s degree programs probably would take two years and expand on the practical courses with general education and business courses, Trumbo said.