Casino Partnership Offers Training, Reimbursement For Workers


UPDATED: Wednesday January 25, 2012 7:34 PM

Officials from the Hollywood Casino slated to open on the west side said on Wednesday that they had created partnerships to hire and train employees.

Penn National, which owns the casino that is slated to open by the end of the year, announced a partnership with Columbus State Community College, Hondros College and Central Ohio Technical College to train home-grown workers, 10TV’s Danielle Elias reported.

The casino was looking to hire cooks, game dealers, technicians, human resources officials and security personnel.

Penn National said that it would pay for training.

Ameet Patel, Hollywood Casino Columbus general manager, said that west-side applicants were preferred.

“Our commitment is very simple,” Patel said. “Private or public, we are going out of our way to reimburse penny for penny any cost that comes out.”

Adam Hager, a culinary apprentice at Columbus State, said that he thinks that there are unlimited opportunities at the casino.

“I think it’s one of the greatest assets we’re going to have here in Columbus, when it comes to the culinary world,” Hagar said.

Casino officials were working to fill 1,200 jobs locally.

Bonnie Coe of Central Ohio Technical College said that they would be focusing on the non-gaming side of the house.

“That is our strength,” Coe said.

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