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Registrations are still being accepted for the next session of Blackjack training, which begins March 17 at the New River Community and Technical College Greenbrier Valley Campus in Lewisburg. 

The deadline to register is March 10.

To be hired by a gaming facility in West Virginia, dealers must be licensed by the state. The first step in obtaining this certification is to successfully complete an approved training program.

The first course in the career ladder is Blackjack because it is one of the most common games found in casinos worldwide. Classes meet four hours a day, five days a week, for six weeks, which amounts to a total of 120 hours of instruction.

New River suggests prospective students be personable, outgoing and professional in both demeanor and appearance. All of the games require a certain level of manual dexterity and a display of proficiency in math. Other useful attributes include showmanship and good customer service skills.

The cost of the class is $675. A licensing fee of $100 is required upon successful completion of the course. Employment is not guaranteed upon completion of the course.

All interested students must register for a required math assessment and interview. For information or to register, contact New River's Department of Workforce Education in Lewisburg at (304) 793-3001 or 793-6101.