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HCC and MGM Springfield Announce Partnership for New Culinary Center Downtown Text Size

The City of Holyoke, Holyoke Community College, and MGM Springfield announced a new culinary and hospitality center in Downtown Holyoke. The creation of a new community partnership such as this will aim to enhance the area’s hospitality workforce.

The MGM Resorts HCC Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts will be located in The Cubit Building at 164 Race Street in Holyoke. Once a former factory, the new center will allow 50 Holyoke Community College students to attend for free. The City of Holyoke has received $500,000 from $1.28 in neighboring community impact payments the Mayor negotiated to receive from MGM over the next 15 years. The money will go to the HCC culinary program.

The program addresses two needs: one, for MGM to have a ready-made workforce when its casino in Springfield plans to open in 2018 and two, to address the City’s interest in training its residents for successful careers. The City is excited to see this all unfold.

Once completed, the center will house HCC’s associate degree and certificate programs in Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. Also, it will provide non-credit workforce training programs in hospitality and culinary arts as well as specialized courses in those areas administered by Training and Workforce Options (TWO), a joint program between HCC and Springfield Technical Community College.

Speakers included: HCC President Bill Messner; U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, 1st District – MA; Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno; Anton Nikodemus, Regional Chief Operations Officer, MGM Resorts International; and Marikate Murren, Director, Human Resources, MGM Springfield.

There was a cooking demonstrations featuring Chef James Coughlin, assistant executive chef at MGM’s Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas; and HCC Culinary Arts Professors and Chefs Warren Leigh and Mark Antsel, with HCC Culinary Arts students.

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Posted on July 7, 2016 by