CARSON CITY – Over 250 employees of MGM Resorts International from across the nation have enrolled in the first semester of the company’s College Opportunity Program, which provides more than 70,000 MGM Resorts employees in the United States with access to free college through the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).
The MGM College Opportunity Program marked the first time a Fortune 500 company has partnered in this manner with an entire system of higher education. It allows eligible U.S.-based MGM Resorts employees to earn a degree online through NSHE institutions, free of charge for all credit hours. The institutions include the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Nevada, Reno, Great Basin College, Western Nevada College, the College of Southern Nevada, and Truckee Meadows Community College.
Board of Regents Chair Jason Geddes said he was encouraged by the number of enrolled students.
“I am pleased to see so many people taking advantage of this tremendous opportunity. I want to thank MGM Resorts International Chairman & CEO Jim Murren and his team for their leadership and vision in helping their employees grow.”
Chancellor Thom Reilly said the College Opportunity Program has had a positive impact on NSHE’s degree-granting institutions by pushing them to grow their online education programs.
“Online education was an area where we as a system needed to expand and the MGM College Opportunity Program has been an incentive for that growth,” Reilly said. “These enrollment numbers are certainly encouraging and as word gets around, I expect interest and participation in the program to continue to grow.”
The College Opportunity Program emphasizes degree completion and helping employees focus on taking the right classes to achieve their individual goals. Employees may apply to eligible online certificate, associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree programs at any of NSHE’s seven degree-granting institutions. Once accepted into a certificate or degree program, they will receive academic and financial counseling and MGM will pay the base costs for the degrees/certificates after all financial aid the employee is eligible for is exhausted.
ABOUT MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 30 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company recently acquired the operations of Empire City Casino in New York and Hard Rock Rocksino in Ohio, which was rebranded as MGM Northfield Park. In 2018, MGM Resorts opened MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, MGM COTAI in Macau, and the first Bellagio-branded hotel in Shanghai. The 83,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at www.mgmresorts.com.
The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of Nevada. NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 100,000 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents.