BANGOR — Eastern Maine Community College is kicking off a new program to give students the skills to fill jobs – including poker and black jack dealers – in Maine’s hospitality industry.

The program is called the Maine Hospitality Institute and will train students in specific hospitality fields.

As part of the initiative, Hollywood Slots is partnering with the college on a program that would provide training for jobs such as black jack and poker dealers, pit bosses and other positions related to the addition of table games to Hollywood Slots.

The college and Hollywood Slots will hold a press conference today to provide more details.

Hollywood Slots is adding 14 poker, black jack and other table games this spring following November’s countywide referendum that gave approval to table games.

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