HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 26Issue 40LITTLE RIVER CASINO RESORT AND MUSKEGON COMMUNITY COLLEGE LAUNCH SEVEN DIRECTIONS MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Little River Casino Resort and Muskegon Community College (MCC) have partnered to offer a new management development program, Seven Directions. The two-year program begins in January 2021, and combines experiential learning at Little River Casino with academic studies at MCC toward an associate's degree or certificate.

Seven Directions is designed as the next level to the SEVENS program that was previously created at Little River Casino Resort. The new Seven Directions program will allow students to pursue MCC certificates and degrees in several areas related to casino operations, including a Customer Service Certificate, Business Management, Marketing, Graphic Design, Web Design, and Industrial Maintenance degrees, among others. Students who successfully complete the program will earn an associate's degree and be ready to step into management positions.

"Many students never consider the gaming industry when attending college because they are unaware of the many opportunities that exist, we are hopeful that this will help us identify future talent for the possible expansion to Muskegon County," said Andrew Gentile, Little River Casino Resort General Manager.

"The Resort has a culture of increasing the value of our team members. This is one more way we can deliver on that commitment," said Israel Stone, Little River Casino Resort Organizational Development Director. "MCC is the right partner for us based upon the diverse program and degree offerings they offer which align with our business. We are creating a perfect blend of knowledge, experience, tribal and organizational culture that will support our thriving leadership."

"MCC has many critical employer partnerships to help organizations develop their talent, so we are excited that the Little River Casino Resort is looking to invest in their employees," said MCC President Dale K. Nesbary. "We stand ready to help their employees and their organization reach their goals."

"We are appreciative of the enthusiasm and sincerity in which the college approached this project even going so far as to modify some courses to better suit the needs of the resort and our tribe," said Chief of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Larry Romanelli. "We are hopeful that this program will also increase enrollment at Muskegon Community College for individuals that may have an interest in the gaming industry. Additionally, this partnership provides an avenue for current MCC students to potentially complete internships at Little River Casino Resort."

Persons interested in the Seven Directions program should contact Daniel Rinsema-Sybenga at MCC at Daniel.Rinsema-Sybenga@muskegoncc.edu or Israel Stone at Little River Casino Resort at israels@lrcr.com.

 

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