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History

Crescent School near Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana

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 two new Crescent campuses in Mississippi, in Gulfport and at Tunica Resort near Memphis.

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

Las Vegas is an exciting city with more jobs for casino dealers than anywhere 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.

A Crescent student learns to mix some delicious cocktailsIn 2017, with five locations, Crescent School of Gaming and Bartending is the only fully accredited school of its kind in the United States, 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).

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!

 

Call us today or get in touch with us online.

Las Vegas: (702) 458-9910
New Orleans: (504) 822-3362
Tunica Resorts/Memphis: (662) 363-9999
Gulfport/Biloxi: (228) 822-2444