HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - The 17-million dollar Bok Homa casino under construction in Jones County is set to open next month, but Southern Miss isn't forming any partnerships with the business just yet.
The university has a Casino, Hospitality and Tourism Management program that educates students about the gaming industry.
However, officials with the program say their career partnerships for students are currently focused on state commercial casino gaming. Although, they do acknowledge Native American casinos are an important component of the business. Evelyn Green is a casino management instructor at Southern Miss.
Green said, "Because we still have the coast market, the river region and also the Tunica market of which we have not had the opportunity to expose those students to. So we still have a lot of work to do but naturally that partnership is going to arise."
Green said she has approached the state's Native American Gaming Commissioner for more information about their role in the gaming industry.