A free casino dealer school, which will lead to 600 jobs, is now open in Orange County.

On Thursday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the opening of the new Resorts World Catskills casino dealer school and educational center at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh.

“This is a monumental day for not only Orange County but the entire region,” Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus said. “The long-anticipated arrival of Resorts World Catskills is quickly approaching. I am glad that one of these schools is in Orange County and I encourage interested residents to take advantage of this opportunity.”

All table game classes will be free of charge. People who register for the dealer school will be provided with 20 hours of training per week, for at least six weeks, in games such as blackjack, poker, baccarat and roulette. Additional training will be required for more complex games.

Once training is completed, you can apply for table game dealer positions.

Resorts World Catskills expects to hire around 600 dealers prior to opening its doors in March 2018.

The casino is part of a $1.2 billion four-season destination resort being developed in the Town of Thompson in Sullivan County.

Resorts World Catskills will include an 18-story casino, hotel and entertainment complex with approximately 100,000 square feet of casino floor, over 100 table games, 2,150 slot machines, a poker room and private gaming salons.

“For years the casino was a dream. That dream is now being realized as we begin to train local residents for jobs that will begin in the coming months,” Executive Vice President of Empire Resorts Charles Degliomini said.

The dealer school will have an open house every Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. People interested in becoming a table-game dealer are encouraged to visit for more information.

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