Tioga Downs Talks Gaming at SUNY Broome

Published 04/03 2014 02:17PM

Updated 04/03 2014 04:08PM

Gaming was up for discussion at SUNY Broome this morning. The college hosted several employees who work in management at Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols.

Their presentation was on the evolution of gaming in New York State and the relationship that has been created between Tioga Downs and SUNY Broome.

Currently, Broome has some courses in place teaching casino math and games. It plans to offer a casino management degree in the near future.

Jeff Townsend is the Assistant General Manager at Tioga Downs. He says the casino hopes to expand its internship opportunities in the future.

"We hope to offer internship programs in the future, not only through the gaming degree program, but generally speaking. Their hospitality program they have here, food and beverage, gaming; you have other elements of the hospitality industry that we can pull people from. We need jobs in this area and we have a great partnership with SUNY Broome to get them here at Tioga Downs," said Townsend.

Tioga Downs currently has 800 video gaming machines and hopes to expand and offer more of those and table games if it secures the Southern Tier's full-fledged casino license.

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