HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Even while it’s still under construction, the MGM casino in Springfield is already having an impact outside the city. MGM has formed a new community partnership with the city of Holyoke and Holyoke Community College. The partnership is designed to enhance the region’s hospitality workforce.
Congressman Richard Neal, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and representative from MGM Springfield were all on hand for Monday’s announcement. The partnership is helping fund construction of a new culinary center in downtown Holyoke. The Cubit building, a former factory building, will be the future home of the HCC Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts.
Marikate Murren, the Director of Human Resources at MGM Springfield told 22News that this partnership “is not just about opening doors. We have to leave a legacy. We are going to be a good community, good corporate citizen and Springfield. This is one more way for us to leave that legacy.”
The new facility will house HCC’s associate degree and certificate programs in Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, as well as other workforce training programs. Murren said MGM will give special consideration to these HCC students when the casino opens in 2018.