SOWELA Offers First Public Training Course in its New Casino Dealer School

Class Starts February 8 and includes Blackjack and a Secondary Game at the First-of-its-kind Culinary, Gaming and Hospitality Center

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – January 12, 2024)

SOWELA’s Casino Dealer School will offer its first public training class starting Thursday, February 8, at the Culinary, Gaming and Hospitality Center located at the Main Campus in Lake Charles, LA. Training covers Blackjack and a Secondary Game and prepares students for employment with a gaming establishment.

“SOWELA is excited to begin offering this must-needed training in Southwest Louisiana,” said Executive Director of Workforce Solutions Dr. David LaFargue. “With our region’s strong and growing hospitality and gaming industry, the casino dealer school and the upcoming Blackjack and a secondary game course will connect students with the training they need to gain in-demand jobs. Our world-class instruction in the new Culinary, Gaming and Hospitality Center includes faculty with over 25 years of casino dealer experience.”

The curriculum includes Louisiana gaming rules and regulations, Blackjack basics, math, interpersonal skills and hands-on training. Students must be 21 or older and pass an entry-level math test and a background check.

The 10-week program will meet Monday – Thursday from 5:00 – 9:00 PM and includes 160 hours of training. The program costs $1,850, with scholarships available for those who qualify.

SOWELA’s Casino Dealer School provides relevant instruction on the latest gaming trends and techniques. Information includes the primary skills employers want to see in the dealers they hire and the qualities players like to interact with and tip on the casino floor. Future gaming classes include Roulette, Poker, Baccarat and Craps.

For more information or to register for the Blackjack and a Secondary Game training, visit our Casino Dealer page or call SOWELA’s Office of Workforce Solutions at (337) 421-6560.

About SOWELA Technical Community College

SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. The College empowers learners in career and technical education and enables transfer students to pursue a four-year degree, so all learners excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for more than 85 years.

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