Judge allows casino classes at USM - Sunday 12th of June 2005

A judge has ruled that the University of Southern Mississippi can teach gaming management classes.Hinds County Chancery Judge Patricia Wise issued a 16-page ruling on Friday saying it was legal for USM to teach the courses, but lawyers say her decision likely would be appealed. USM would offer the classes in Long Beach.Meanwhile, it was announced that Chief Phillip Martin will sign an agreement Tuesday to allow the private, New Orleans-based Tulane University to offer casino and resort management courses at the Mississippi Band of Choctaws' Pearl River Resort near Philadelphia.Resort spokesman Ryan Griffin said Martin has been working on the arrangement for a year.

The resort, home to two casino hotels and other attractions, employs 4,000 people.Tulane's classes at the Choctaw Hospitality Institute will be a nice fit with new hospitality programs to be offered on-site by East Central Community College, said Alan Silver, Tulane's director of casino/resort management.Students can earn an associate degree in casino and resort management or a certificate in the field. Tuition will be $750 per class, but financial aid and scholarships are available, Silver said."It fits hand in hand. It is an ideal combination," he said Friday.For years, Southern Miss has wanted to offer casino management on its campus in Long Beach. But a state law prohibited Mississippi universities and community colleges from offering such classes.

USM assistant professor of tourism Ernie Wilson said he's not surprised Tulane is trying to train casino workers in Neshoba County and other places. Mississippi employs 33,000 people at its casinos.New classes will be convenient for employees at the Golden Moon Hotel & Casino, the Silver Star Hotel & Casino, the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club and Geyser Falls Water Theme Park, said Tim Tubby, executive director of the Choctaw Hospitality Institute.Tubby predicts 40 to 50 students will enrol in Tulane's classes at the resort.Silver said the classes will attract casino employees from as far away as Vicksburg. Some of them now travel more than three hours to take classes at Tulane's Biloxi campus, he said.

Tulane's Biloxi campus opened in fall 2002. Casino management courses began in the summer of 2003 and its degree program began in spring 2004."Each semester we are growing," Tulane project assistant Cyndi Vitry said.The Biloxi campus in the Edgewater Mall enrols 300 students, with 70 in casino management. Tulane also offers programs in media arts technology, social science and general studies. Students can receive 13 different degrees there.

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