Update: Monday, May 7, 2012
After a 32-year career at Hawker Beechcraft, Kathy Holderman was laid off nearly four years ago. Last fall, she saw an ad for help wanted at the Kansas Star Casino and decided to apply.
"I thought, 'Oh my gosh. I'm not working right now and that's right up my alley. I'd love to at least take the class,'" said Holderman.
Today, Holderman is dealing her way to a paycheck as one of 600 employees at the casino who are mainly from the area.
"There is a lot of unemployment, and a lot of underemployment. The casino is attracting those people who didn't have a job, or didn't have as good of a job as the casino can offer," said Kent Hixson, Mulvane City Administrator.
In about six months, 300 more employees will be added to the Kansas Star Casino staff, mainly in the gaming and food and beverage departments.
"We're excited about the expansion and we think our customers will be as well. We're excited to make it happen as fast as possible," said Scott Cooper, Kansas Star Casino General Manager.
New employees will start work later this fall. If you want to apply now, click here.
Monday, May 7, 2012
The Kansas Star Casino is looking for another 300 workers, as it begins a second phase of expansion.
Casino officials say most of the workers hired this fall for the casino near Mulvane will be needed in the food and beverage areas.
A temporary casino in an equestrian arena opened in December. The permanent casino is scheduled to open by the end of the year.
The next phase of expansion will include a permanent gaming area, as well as a hotel and space for restaurants and bars.
Peninsula Gaming, based in Dubuque, Iowa, is building and managing the casino for the state of Kansas. On Friday, Peninsula reported that the casino recorded $50.3 million in net revenue in its first full quarter.