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Hotel, casino program offered by Mary Ann McNeill PVG Staff PAHRUMP--Officials from the Community College of South- ern Nevada Hospitality Institute and the Terrible Herbst company held apress conference Tuesday night to officially announce their new joint program of hotel and casino management. The two groups originally joined to offer hospitality related classes in Pahrump for employees of the Herbst corporation with tuition paid for by the corporation. Two classes were offered that began in October with the stipulation that non- employees could enroll if there was room in the class and if they paid the tuition. The program has been expanded now to offer a full two- year, Associate of Arts curriculum in gaming management to anyone who wishes to enroll and can pass the basic standards of CCSN. Students will be able to take the complete program in Pahrump without having to travel to Las Vegas for anything. And this type of program is the first of its kind in the world. This is an important distinction. Of course, with the predominance of the gaming industry in the state of Nevada, this would be the place to initiate this type of training program. But it didn't happen in Las Vegas or Reno. It happened right here in Pahrump. Everyone involved was more than happy to point the finger and give praise to others for making this happen. John Thielman, manager of the Terrible's Town Casino in Pahrump said, "Elaine was the driving force behind this project." (Elaine Stewart is the assistant manager at Terrible's.) Thielman also said, "We have to thank the Herbst family for -,% . , letting us go ahead wah this. Nye County School District Superintendent Geraldine Harge said, "We want to develop a community of learners." She said that the CCSN high tech center in Pahrump has the full support of area Assemblyman Roy Neighbors and that it is going to be a reality soon. CCSN Director of Rural Centers and Roadrunner Programs Theo Byrns said, "We talk about Pahrump as the 'Jewel in the Desert'.... It is growing... We started out with about 10 to 15 sections, with about 70 to 80 students. We will offer over 60 sections next semester with over 500 students." And she said that largely has to do with Dan Simmons' efforts. Simmons is the Pahrump coordinator for CCSN and he arranged the press conference Tuesday. Lonnie Wright, director and department chair of the CCSN Hospitality Institute said there are a lot of people in Las Vegas who want to be trained to work in the hotel and casino industry but who don't want to get a degree. That's how the Hospitality Institute got started there. The same need is here in Pahrump. "Terrible's is looking at academia as a bridge with indus- try," Wright said. "This is all about a win-win-win...the students...the industry...and the college. The people I' ve met in Pahrump are visionaries." Wright said that this will be the only accredited 2 year or 4 year casino program in the word, and CCSN will have it together by June. "We have the backing of the industry and the college. It's a partnership. That's the only way you can have something of substance. And that's why it's working out so well." Western Wear Feed, Tack Corral/Panels David Hernandez, CCSN program director for casino management, said, "The gam- ing industry is becoming more and more regulated ... espe- cially forsupervisors and man- agers." This was an explana- tion of the need for this pro- gram at this time. "We are offering profes- sional development in casino management," said Loren Watson, CCSN assistant di- rector for the Hotel Studies " ?ahhm/p'Valley Ga/ef Thirsday, November 20/' 1997 3 Management Program. "We have been tremendously wel- comed here," he said. "I think it will do very well. We are on the cutting edge of gaming programs. This is the start of a beautiful friendship." Charlie Gronda, representing the Town of Pahrump, said "The community is very much behind this effort. We're going to continue on doing this (bringing the high tech center to Pahrump), and this program is like a dream come true." Jerry Hill, principal of Pahrump Valley High School, spoke of the program being "made in heaven." The concept of dual use...using each other's facilities for common goals...as being the best way to go. High school students will use the CCSN computer center during the day and college students will use it at night. We;tern Com:tion Rocky Mountain, Stetson, Wrangler, Montana Silver Smith, Versmith, Leanin Tree, Roper, Tony Lama 7137-7008 G A M I N G PROGRAM--Trying out one of the blackjack tables for use in the C CSN/Pahrump new gaming program are, left to right, John Thielman, Charlie Gronda, Theo Byrns, Elaine Stewart, Lonnie Wright, Loren Watson, and David Hernandez. 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