Stockton University in Halloway, New Jersey has expanded its offerings with the introduction of a new certificate program. The university’s Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism (LIGHT) has collaborated with leading experts from the casino industry to launch the Integrated Casino Resort Operations Certificate. The program aims to train students to become experts in strategic casino resort operations, covering areas such as meetings and conventions, food and beverage, and surveillance and gaming. Starting on January 16, 2024, the program will run for eight consecutive Tuesdays at the Stockton Atlantic City campus. Feedback from representatives of Atlantic City’s nine casino hotels has been incorporated into the program’s development, and a team of twelve experts will be teaching the course. LIGHT’s faculty director, Jane Bokunewicz, emphasized that the program aims to foster skills specific to the casino industry while also promoting local talent by providing a foundation in business literacy for managers.
In addition, Stockton University has become the first public institution in the state to offer a Bachelor of Science in Esports Management. At the same time, Camden County College has introduced the region’s first Associate degree in Applied Science in Esports Production. Last week, the two institutions announced a partnership to create the first esports degree pathway program in the state. By aligning their programs, students can seamlessly participate in both the bachelor’s and associate degrees. Lovell Pugh-Bassett, president of Camden County College, stated that the partnership demonstrates their commitment to staying at the forefront of new technology and preparing students for emerging career opportunities. The colleges are excited to engage with local talent and educate students about new and emerging market opportunities.