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Dasha Ross Smith


MGM National Harbor Partners with Prince George’s Community College

To Launch Dealer School Training Program

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – APRIL 26, 2016MGM National Harbor, the luxury destination resort set to open later this year, today announced The Prince George’s Community College Dealer School ("Dealer School”), a new workforce training program launching May 16 that will provide potential candidates with the skills needed to apply for the nearly 1,000 exciting and rewarding jobs in the resort’s casino table games department.

"MGM National Harbor table game dealers will represent nearly one-third of our workforce,” said Logan Gaskill, vice president of human resources for MGM National Harbor. "Dealer School will open the door to exciting new career opportunities for many members of our community. We have a proven workforce partner in Prince George’s Community College, and are excited that they will lead this effort to train many of the people that will be out front with our customers every day.”

Hosted by Prince George’s Community College’s Office of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts Institute, Dealer School will offer candidates the opportunity to learn traditional games including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and Baccarat. Seasoned industry professionals from MGM National Harbor will lead classwork, and teach students the skills required to work at a world-class casino. Students who successfully complete Dealer School will be equipped with the necessary tools to launch a career at the resort.

Charlene M. Dukes, President of Prince George’s Community College, said, "The partnership between MGM National Harbor and Prince George’s Community College is ground-breaking because we are not only openingeven moredoors of opportunity to the community, but preparing candidates with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform at optimal levels upon starting. Knowing that thousands of jobs will be available in the very near future for anyone with the desire to learn a unique industry standard and bolster their professional skills is remarkable,” Dr. Dukes said.

The Prince George’s Community College Dealer School will offer students a six-week Blackjack course. Following successful completion of the Blackjack program, students will choose between two tracks, either a 12-week Craps course, or a combined 8-week Roulette and 4-week Baccarat course. MGM National Harbor’s instructors will be available to help students determine their best career path.

Classes will be held Mondays through Thursdays for three hours each day, with morning, afternoon and evening sessions to suit students’ scheduling needs. All classes will take place at 7100 Oxon Hill Road in Oxon Hill, Maryland, less than a mile from the MGM National Harbor resort site. Tuition begins at $380. Tuition assistance is available for qualified candidates.

Completion of Dealer School will not guarantee a job offer from MGM National Harbor. To apply, all candidates, including experienced dealers, will have to complete the following requirements:

·Successfully audition on dealing two games;

·Demonstrate exceptional customer service skills;

·Consent to a mandatory drug test and background check; and

·Be eligible and approved for a license from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission (MLGCA).

Watch this video from Jeff Elmore, MGM National Harbor’s vice president of table games, to learn what MGM looks for in a dealer.

For more details on how to enroll in Dealer School, please visit http://www.pgcc.edu/dealerschool/or contact the Prince George’s Community College’s Office of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts Institute.

For updates and news, follow us@MGMNatlHarbor, like our MGM National Harbor Facebook page or visit MGM National Harbor Newsroom.

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Prince George’s Community College
Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers, to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skill sets, PGCC comprises students representing a wide range of ages, backgrounds and goals. Located across six campuses, serving more than 44,000 individuals annually, offering more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County. Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a commitment to student success enables PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.

About MGM National Harbor

The newest addition to the MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) portfolio, MGM National Harbor’s unrivaled setting offers stunning panoramic views of the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland. The $1.3 billion resort sits a short distance from Washington, D.C. to the north and historic sites, including George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate across the river in Virginia. The 24-story, 308-room resort will feature premier amenities and experiences for locals as well as visitors from around the world including a dynamic casino with over 125,000 square feet of space that includes slots, table games and poker; a world-class spa and salon; an entertainment theater with flexible seating for up to 3,000; high-end branded retail; 27,000 square feet of meeting space; and restaurants from renowned local, national and international chefs.

ABOUT MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of City Center in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort and Casino.MGM Resorts is a FORTUNE Magazine World’s Most Admired Company.For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. MGM National Harbor has based these statements on management’s current expectations and assumptions and not on historical facts. Examples of these statements include statements regarding the contemplated design of the guest rooms and amenities at MGM National Harbor and the expected opening date of the casino resort. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements, including effects of economic and market conditions, competition with other destination travel locations throughout the United States and the world, and the design, timing and costs of the projects and risks relating to permits, licenses, financings, approvals and other contingencies and additional risks and uncertainties described in the MGM Resorts International Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K reports (including all amendments to those reports) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In providing forward-looking statements, MGM National Harbor is not undertaking any duty or obligation to update these statements publicly as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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Leaders Inspire the New Generation: State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks to Keynote
Prince George’s Community College’s 57th Commencement



LARGO, Md.—Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks will deliver the keynote address at Prince George’s Community College’s 57th Commencement Exercises taking place on Thursday, May 26 at the Show Place Arena and Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Md. The procession will begin at 6:30 p.m. Alsobrooks will address nearly 2,000 graduates and guests during the ceremony.

"I am honored that such a distinguished speaker will be joining us for this year’s commencement ceremony,” said Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. "The Class of 2016, upon hearing her words, will certainly be inspired to go out and effect change not only in their communities, but the world as well.”

As the speaker for one of the College’s most momentous events, State’s Attorney Alsobrooks is a welcomed addition to the ceremony and pomp that traditionally surrounds this time of year. Her highly-anticipated keynote address will be underscored by her remarkable accomplishments and genuine passion for the community she serves, and it will not only motivate attendees, but deeply resonate in her audience and ignite an appetite for service in this talented graduating class.


Alsobrooks is the County’s top prosecutor and heads a staff of 90 attorneys and 100 professional administrative staff responsible for arraigning people accused of committing crimes. Her office has been a major factor in the record crime reduction seen in Prince George’s County over the last four years. Additionally, she also has taken the lead in reducing domestic and family violence in the county, through hosting conferences for couples and families in crisis.

Prince George’s Community College’s 57th Commencement is open to the media, and representatives should RSVP immediately by contacting Jennifer Colter at colterjl@pgcc.edu. For more information about the commencement exercises, please call (301) 546-PGCC (7422).


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About Prince George’s Community College
Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers, to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skill sets, PGCC comprises students representing a wide range of ages, backgrounds and goals. Located across six campuses, serving more than 44,000 individuals annually, offering more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County. Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a commitment to student success enables PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.

About State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks
Alsobrooks began her law career by serving as a law clerk for two highly respected firms: DLA Piper and DeCaro, Doran. She also clerked for Judge William Quarles, a former circuit court judge for Maryland, now a US District Court judge, and Judge Donna Hill Staton.

Alsobrooks was elected to her position in 2010 by an overwhelming margin. This is her first elected office and she is the first woman to hold the office in Prince George’s County. She earned her public policy degree from Duke University and her law degree from the University of Maryland College Park.

Prior to her election, Alsobrooks served the county as an education liaison in the Office of the County Executive and as executive director of the Prince George’s County Revenue Authority. Alsobrooks, a life-long Prince George’s County resident, has received numerous awards for her unwavering passion and support for the community she serves.

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President Dukes Named Woman of the Year by AAWCC

The American Association of Women in Community Colleges Announce
Of the Year Award Honorees



Gaithersburg, MD – The American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) has announced its annual Of the Year Awardsnaming Julie Huckestein,Dr. Charlene Dukes, and Sally Shaheen Joseph, Esq., CEO of the Year, Woman of the Year, and Trustee of the Year, respectively.

Huckestein, president of Chemeketa Community College in Salem, OR, was named the Carolyn Desjardins CEO of the Year for her outstanding service and support to AAWCC. As a former board member of AAWCC, Huckestein has been active at the local and national level for more than 20 years, most recently serving as the national vice president of finances. In that role, Huckestein demonstrated "a love and passion for the goals of AAWCC through the years,” said Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea, president, AAWCC. "During her tenure as vice president for finance, Julie helped to sustain AAWCC and make it more viable to support women leaders working in community colleges. We honor her for that service,” said Walker-Griffea.

Click here to read the full story on the College website.

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For further information contact: Gwen Owens, Public Relations Director

gowens@cheyney.edu 610 399-2121

April 22, 2016

Award-winning Actress/Singer, Author, Activist and Motivational Speaker,

Sheryl Lee Ralph, will give the keynote address to Cheyney University's

Class of 2016 on Saturday, May 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: – Sheryl Lee Ralph to Deliver Keynote Address at Cheyney University Commencement May 7

CHEYNEY, PA, --April 22, 2016- When Cheyney University graduates and their loved ones gather on the historic quadrangle on Saturday, May 7, rain or shine, Award-winning Actress/Singer, Author, Activist and Motivational Speaker, Sheryl Lee Ralph, will give the keynote address.

Ralph, the original DREAMGIRL, has worked in film, television, and on Broadway. She originated and created the role of Deena Jones on Broadway in the landmark musicalDreamgirls, which earned her a Tony Award Nomination and a Drama Desk Award Nomination for Best Actress. She has shined as the loving step mom, Dee, on the hit series Moesha, as the transsexual, Clare, in the SHOWTIME series, Barbershop, and in the NBC hit series ER.

A passionate AIDS activist, Ralph is the producer and creator of the critically acclaimedDIVAS Simply Singing!,the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit in the US. Ralph is also the founding director of the DIVA (Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed) Foundation 501(C)3 which she created in memory of the many friends she had lost to HIV/AIDS. Her latest project, The D.I.V.A. Awards was successfully launched with Oscar nominees Mo’Nique and Lee Daniels.

In addition to acting and singing, Ralph consistently creates a contagious positive energy with her spontaneous humor and quick wit, which has made her a much sought-after speaker. She is anxious to come to Cheyney to talk to the Class of 2016.

"I love giving commencement speeches to young people who have just concluded one of the greatest journeys of their young lives," she enthuses. After all of the hard work, despite whatever obstacles, "they sit on that stage and realize that they have made it." Many graduates have gone on to great things, she acknowledges, including one of Cheyney's most well-known alumni.

"When I drive down Ed Bradley Way in Philadelphia, I think about Bradley, a Cheyney graduate. I think about how his name graces this huge thoroughfare, and I think, if Ed Bradley can do that, what can these Cheyney graduates do?"

Ralph is married to Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes who, for years, has advocated for Cheyney University. His late father, an education advocate and, like his son, a longtime member of the Cheyney University Council of Trustees, rallied for Cheyney, too.

"We are a great team," Ralph says, referring to her husband. "He and I have a lot in common. My dad was an educator and a college professor. He told me that education is the greatest equalizer. It was true then and it's still true today."

Cheyney University's commencement will begin at11 amonMay 7.

A liberal arts university, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania hosts signature programs such as the Keystone Honors Academy, the Call Me MISTER teaching program, the Aquaculture Research and Education Laboratory and the accredited Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program. Recognized as the first institution for higher learning for African Americans, Cheyney University has been educating students for more than 178 years. The University offers baccalaureate and graduate degree programs at two locations, Cheyney and Philadelphia, PA – Center City. For more information, please visit our website.

For more information on this and other events, please contact Gwen Owens, Public Relations Director, 610-399-2121 or via email at gowens@cheyney.edu.

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For further information contact: Gwen Owens, Public Relations Director

gowens@cheyney.edu 610 399-2121

Left to right, Shaquille Harrison, Mister Cheyney University 2016-17

and Anitra Jackson, Miss Cheyney University 2016-17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:–Fans of all ages came to the 2016-17 Mister and Miss Cheyney Pageant on Sunday night.

CHEYNEY, PA Fans of all ages came to the 2016 Mister and Miss Cheyney Pageant on Sunday night. Seats in the Marion Anderson Music Center were filled with the little Princesses in Bloom in glittering little crowns, party dresses and black patent leather shoes. Cheyney alumni, faculty, staff, proud parents and extended family also attended. The evening was not only a showcase of Cheyney’s best talent and fashion but also a reunion, celebration and long-standing tradition.

Emcees, Miss Legend Melodee Montgomery and Mister Legend Christian Altamariano, graciously welcomed the audience and introduced the Pageant contestants and other performers throughout the evening.

An opening presentation by the Iconic Modeling Group warmed up the audience with a fast-paced fashion showcase. Music was in the air, with Miss Legend ’15 Kara Craig’s cool a capella song and Quiyym Saunders, Sr., the proud father of Mister Cheyney 2015, performed a warm and loving rendition of Share My Life by Kem. Other talented guests appeared on stage, including dramatic presentations by former Miss Cheyney, India Cross, and former Miss Cheyney, Kristan Justice.

Greetings were brought by Student Government Association President Cree Encarnacion and Vice President for Student Affairs and Leadership Development Dr. J. Michael Harpe, and Student Activities Director Sharon Thorn welcomed the audience.

Campus Living Assistant Curtis Word received a surprise special tribute when he was invited to the stage, seated on a satin throne and crowned as an Honorary Mister Cheyney. Stunned by the surprise gesture he remarked, "When I was a student here, there was no Mister Cheyney!”

The program’s talent portion included Shaneka Briggs’ soulful rendition of "Blackbird,” Aliyah Muhammad’s essay, "Queen,” Anitra Jackson’s graceful dance performance to "Journal” by Passe J, and Cara Fantini’s inspiring original song, "Rejoice.” Mister Cheyney contestant talents included Isaiah Dixon’s inspirational poem, "Two Sets of Notes” by MK Assante, Nigel Wiley’s reading of "I am still here” by Langston Hughes, and Shaquille Harrison’s dramatic rendition of Daniel Beatty’s "Knock Knock.”

The Fashion Wear and Question portion followed. Muhammad went first in a glittering yellow head scarf and empire-style dress, followed by Briggs in a brilliant African print dress, Jackson in a sparkling royal blue dress, and Fantini in a dramatic black lace dress. Dixon, Wiley, and Harrison graciously modeled their suits and answered questions, about their ideas for future student and University initiatives, with poise and insight.

The evening closed with a poignant Final Walk on stage by 2015 Mister Cheyney Quiyiim Saunders and Miss Cheyney Takerah Jordan.

In the end, Anitra Jackson was crowned Miss Cheyney 2016-17 and Shaquille Harrison was named Mister Cheney 2016-17. Both were joined by the new Mister and Miss Legend, Nigel Wiley and Cara Fantini, and the new Mister and Miss Blue and White, Isaiah Dixon and Shaneka Briggs.

Surrounded by excited friends and family members, the contestants cradled their trophies and bouquets, hugged and kissed one another, and made way to the reception to celebrate a beautiful and memorable night.

A liberal arts university, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania hosts signature programs such as the Keystone Honors Academy, the Call Me MISTER teaching program, the Aquaculture Research and Education Laboratory and the accredited Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program. Recognized as the first institution for higher learning for African Americans, Cheyney University has been educating students for more than 178 years. The University offers baccalaureate and graduate degree programs at two locations, Cheyney and Philadelphia, PA – Center City. For more information, please visit our website.

For more information on this and other events, please contact Gwen Owens, Public Relations Director, 610-399-2121 or via email at gowens@cheyney.edu.

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Sponsored by the National Council on Student Development and Houston Community College

DATE: June 9-11, 2016

LOCATION: Houston, TX

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The National Council on Student Development (NCSD) is pleased to announce the renaming of its Leadership Institute to the Walter G. Bumphus Leadership Institute. "Having received my start of working with professional organizations in NCSD, I am humbled and honored by this. One of my greatest joys is investing in emerging leaders, so I am pleased that the NCSD leadership program will be renamed in recognition of my contributions to NCSD and to the community college sector.”

The Walter G. Bumphus Leadership Institute will be hosted in collaboration with Houston Community College (HCC) and will be held June 9-11, 2016. The Walter G. Bumphus Leadership Institute is designed to nurture participants for career advancement in Student Development. Using the "Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation’s Future” as the foundation for the Institute, the Institute will provide an exciting opportunity for participants to share ideas, engage in critical discourse, and learn from each other while preparing to meet the challenges facing our profession.

Please visit these links for more information…

http://www.ncsd-aacc.com/leadership-institute-2016/

http://www.ncsd-aacc.com/leadership-institute-mission/

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