Atlantic City – As of next week Monday, life won’t be the same anymore for some young individuals in Atlantic City. Fifteen youth, all residents of the city, have been selected to be part of a 12-week program which will see them learning construction skills – of which will ultimately connect them with a job to build Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.
Friends in Action assist in constructing Hard Rock A.C
On Wednesday, Hard Rock Resorts in Atlantic City, and local residents held a ceremony to welcome the ‘Friends in Action’ class of 2017/18.The program provides its members with practical training with the potential of securing a job at the end. Fifteen young individuals were selected to participate in the program which will run for 12 weeks.
One of the successful candidates, Diallo Watts, sees the training as breakthrough in his life. The 21-year-old who originates from Philadelphia was homeless before finding his way in to a shelter in Atlantic City. He says: “I came out here to start my life over. This will be a big step for me to improve my life and get my life back on track.”
Joseph Jingoli & Son Inc along with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City is the official sponsor of the training program which will teach the successful students construction related services including; construction math, job site safety and electrical work. The ‘train to hire’ program will connect the young individuals with a job working at the hotel-casino project.
Words from the City and Hard Rock Casino
The Mayor-elect of Atlantic City, Frank Gilliam expressed how he felt about the overall project at the ceremony. He said that “when you have someone that has possibly never had a job, to basically being empowered with a career and a skill that not only … they can use in Atlantic City, they can use worldwide”.
“It’s a good step in getting folks back to work,” he added.
Matt Harkness, who is the property president at Hard Rock commented: “I think it’s great that the people that are growing up in the city have the opportunity to be a part of the progress that occurs in the city. “And I think that getting people at a young age to understand that this is a possible profession for them is a great opportunity,”
About Hard Rock A.C
Hard Rock A.C is a property owned by Hard Rock Hotel. The resort is taking over from the Trump Taj Mahal, and is due to open in summer 2018. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City promises to be the best leisure and entertainment spot. The casino will offer an array of gaming opportunities including 2400 slot machines and 130 table games.