About Crescent

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Our Mission

The mission of Crescent Schools is to provide willing individuals with the technical knowledge and practical experience necessary to succeed and excel in rewarding positions in the hospitality industry. Our business strives to instill four qualities in our students: Competence, Confidence, Proficiency and Professional Attitude. These qualities will enable each student to grow professionally and personally. Our aim of producing the most qualified individuals creates a wealthy resource of reliable, capable personnel and provides the industry with the competitive edge.

Crescent School of Gaming and Bartending can train you for a dynamic, well-paying job in the hospitality or casino industry today.

You can be ready to bartend in just three weeks. Be around fun people and have cash in your pocket every night as a mixologist, or claim your place in the ever-growing casino gaming industry in as little as three months. Financial aid is available, if qualified. You can start one of Crescent's top-quality programs with no money down. 

Becoming a casino dealer has never been so easy and fun. Joining one of our programs means taking the first step to your career in casino gaming industry.

Crescent is an accredited bartending and table games dealer school.

We're accredited by ACCET (the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training). That means Crescent is required to maintain a high placement level for the bartenders and casino dealers who graduate and are certified at all of our four locations across the United States. And, we do. We take pride in helping Crescent students find the perfect fit upon graduation. Crescent has served thousands of students since we opened in 1983. Due to our long-term, strong connections in the industry, Crescent students often get hired or get auditions even before certification.

In 2016, Nevada, of course, was number one in gaming revenue (commercial and tribal) in the United States, followed by #2 Pennsylvania, #3 Louisiana, #4 New Jersey, and #5 Mississippi. Indiana, New York, Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio round out the top ten. These are also strong markets for bartending jobs.

The Crescent School of Gaming & Bartending has four great locations for your convenience, each in one of the top gaming and tourism destinations in the country.

In Las Vegas, Crescent's mixology and table games dealer courses are taught only a few blocks away from the fabulous Las Vegas Strip, the gaming and entertainment capital of the world. 

In New Orleans, Louisiana, the Crescent School of Gaming and Bartending is situated right up the street from the famous French Quarter and Harrah’s Casino

Our Gulfport, Mississippi campus on the picturesque Gulf Coast is only minutes away from Mississippi’s newest and most exciting casinos. 

Our gaming and bartending school is a great choice for foreign students, too.

Upon your decision to enroll at Crescent, we'll issue you a U.S. Department of Immigration & Naturalization form I-20. As an M-1 visitor to the United States, you’re entitled to enroll in the Crescent School and complete your assigned courses in a comfortable time frame that falls within Federal guidelines.

It is important you understand that to participate in our programs, a satisfactory level of reading, writing, and comprehension of the English language is required.

We look forward to talking with you and are excited to help you get yourself on one of the hottest, most versatile career paths on the planet.

The future looks bright.

According to Recruiter.com, the demand for bartenders in the United States is expected to rise, with an expected 54,150 new jobs filled by 2018. The same is true for table games dealers. By 2018, an estimated 22,970 additional dealers will be needed by casinos and cruise ships across the country. Even more jobs await should you want to travel internationally. Crescent's certification program gives you the credentials you need to get hired anywhere around the world. It's a great way to live!

Want to hear what some of the top casinos in our industry are saying about us? Check out our testimonial videos here!

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Crescent was founded in 1983 in New Orleans.

Since 1983, Crescent has been family-owned ever since. More than thirty years later, Crescent School of Gaming and Bartending, has grown into the largest, most comprehensive bartending and gaming school in the United States.

In 1992, the owners of Crescent had the foresight to see the rapid growth of the hospitality and gaming industries and added courses for table games dealers to the School's leading-edge bar tending curriculum. They also expanded outside of the state of Louisiana, adding a new Crescent campuse in Mississippi, in Gulfport.

Much has happened over the years from an industry and growth perspective.

 When Mississippi's first casinos opened in 1992, no one was sure what gambling’s impact would be. Take a look at the numbers: In 2016, 30 commercial casinos on the Gulf Coast and along the Mississippi River created $4.26 billion in direct economic activity, 25,000 new jobs and 20 million visits from out-of-state patrons.

In 2001, Crescent expanded its footprint yet again, launching one of the best schools in  the country for bartenders and casino dealers in the granddaddy of them all - Las Vegas. That move proved to be fortunate as Hurricane Katrina severely damaged the New Orleans and the Gulfport campuses in 2005. Crescent's roof in New Orleans was actually torn off and there was three feet of standing water in Crescent's Gulfport location. Like other businesses in the Big Easy and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the owners went through the rebuilding process.

Crescent graduates hundreds of bartenders and casino dealers each year, with a never ending focus on job placement.

In 2017, with four locations, Crescent School of Gaming and Bartending is an accredited school. Crescent's talented staff have the connections and reputation necessary to get students the jobs they desire upon graduation. And, once a student graduates from Crescent, they have a lifetime membership. At any time in the future, they can go to any of Crescent's campuses and take additional courses in their chosen specialty (whether it be bartending or dealing).


Teaching Philosophy

Crescent believes in personalized instruction

Everyone learns differently. Some are visual learners, while others are experiential learners. Our classes are small enough to customize each student's experience. Whether in the bartending program or the casino dealing program, students move through instruction at their own pace. They can take as long as they need to understand all of the concepts well enough to ace an interview or audition. Or, if they already know the basics, they can complete the bartending program in as little as three weeks, and the 3-game dealing instruction in about three months.

Crescent instructors are experienced, patient, and knowledgeable

They know what it takes to make it as a top bartender or table games dealer. They want you to succeed. Our instructors treat every student as their customer and works with each student to understand what type of job he/she wants upon graduation so that instruction can be specifically geared to that objective.

In addition to the instructors, each Crescent location has a Placement Director that is at your disposal. They make it their job to know everyone in the business in the area where you want to work. Even if you want a job that's not close to one of our four campuses, we'll make calls on your behalf to get the ball rolling.

All in all, Crescent's mission is to provide willing individuals with the technical knowledge and practical experience necessary to succeed and excel in rewarding positions in the gaming and hospitality industries.

Crescent thrives on instilling four qualities in our students

These are competence, confidence, proficiency, and a professional attitude – which enables students to grow professionally and personally. Our aim is to train the most qualified bartenders and casino dealers anywhere, and to provide industry employers with dedicated, talented, enthusiastic employeess who will help them succeed as well.

We've designed Crescent bartending and casino gaming classes to be convenient for you. You can attend during the day or at night, Monday through Friday. Whether your class is in New Orleans, on the Gulf Coast, or in Las Vegas, the town that never sleeps, you'll receive quality education by knowledgeable instructors at a licensed, accredited school. Employers value and appreciate that edge.

Want to hear what our students are saying about their experience? Check out our interview videos here!

Make a smart decision. Come to Crescent, have fun, and increase your earning power today.


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