[LEWISBURG, WV] To be hired by a gaming facility in West Virginia, dealers must be licensed by the state. The first step in obtaining this certification is to successfully complete an approved training program such as the one offered by the Office of Workforce Education at New River Community and Technical College in Lewisburg, W. Va.
The first course in the career ladder is Blackjack because it is one of the most common games found in casinos worldwide. Registrations are now being accepted for the next session of Blackjack training, which will begin on March 17 at New River's Lee Street Complex in Lewisburg. Classes will meet four hours a day, five days a week, for six weeks for a total of 120 hours of instruction.
Prospective students should be very personable, outgoing and professional in both demeanor and appearance. All of the games require a certain level of manual dexterity and an excellent display of proficiency in math. Other useful attributes include showmanship and good customer service skills.
The cost of the class is $675. A licensing fee of $100 is required upon successful completion of the course. Employment is not guaranteed upon completion of this training, but According to New River Workforce Education Coordinator Gloria Kincaid, most people who do obtain jobs in the industry make back their investment in the training very quickly.