Strong employer demand from the gaming, hotel and entertainment industries has prompted Tulsa Community College to develop a new Hospitality and Gaming Operations program. Hospitality and Gaming will be an option of the Business Degree. TCC will offer its first course this spring semester to help train the unmet need for skilled managers and supervisors.
Tourism is the third largest industry in Oklahoma and one of the fastest growing businesses in the state. The boom in tourism and gaming has created a variety of job openings for managers and supervisors. “The idea is to help train interested students for these jobs so organizations don’t look out of state for employees,” said Instructor Jim O’Mealey.
An advisory committee has been set up through TCC and includes members from several local casinos, hotels and restaurants to ensure the curriculum matches industry needs.
“Many of our students are already working in casinos and would like to move up in their organizations. Others are new to the field and are looking for a promising career,” said O’Mealey.
Students are offered one of two Associate Degrees or can choose to take the certificate program. The Associate in Science Degree emphasizes general education requirements while giving students an introduction to the industry. An Associate of Applied Science Degree prepares students for immediate entry in the Business and Hospitality and Gaming Operations fields upon completion while also preparing them to continue with a four-year degree in the future. The program will provide skilled employees for this industry above the entry level.
TCC offers day and evening classes making it convenient for students to attend classes. Graduates can go into a number of fields from Casino Supervisor to Director of Sales and Marketing.