Suquamish — Ten Port Madison Enterprises employees have graduated from the Tribal Enterprise Gaming Certificate Program.
The program, developed by PME in partnership with Olympic College, was launched in 2009 to provide Clearwater Casino employees with a comprehensive overview of Tribal gaming operations and hone the skills necessary for career growth. The graduates, all casino employees, comprise the second class to graduate from the program, bringing the current total number of graduates to 23.
“PME is always looking for ways to develop employee skill sets that are essential to the future growth of this company,” said Barbara Griffin, human resources director. “This program allows casino employees to feel empowered and challenged to explore creative solutions and business ideas.”
The Tribal Enterprise Gaming Certificate Program consists of six classes: Introduction to Gaming; Customized Corporate Training; Hospitality; Introduction to Marketing; Human Relations in the Workplace; and Casino Financials.
Each class is taught by Olympic College instructors and takes place over a 10-week period at the PME Training and Resource Center. Graduates receive a certificate in Tribal Gaming Management, as well as 15 college credits that can be applied toward other college programs.
PME covers the program tuition for its employees, as well as books and fees. In addition, employees are compensated for the 3 hours that they are in class each week.
“Participating in this program has helped me realize that I am capable of reaching my true potential and willing to embrace challenges both personal and professional,” said Shanel Greer, Tribal liaison.