BANGOR, Maine — Hollywood Casino will recognize about 60 students who recently completed Maine’s first course for dealers of poker and table games.

The completion of the training program comes just in time for the March 16 start of table games at Hollywood Casino.

Offered in conjunction with Eastern Maine Community College’s Hospitality Institute, the eight-week course ran five days a week beginning in January.

During the course, students had the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge of table games that can be used for job opportunities at Hollywood Casino and other gaming facilities around the world.

“These students have put in a lot of effort to get to this point,” Hollywood Casino General Manager John Osborne said in a news release issued Friday. A celebration in honor of the graduates is set for Sunday evening at Hollywood Casino.

In November of last year, Penobscot County voters approved table games at Hollywood Casino.

The yes vote resulted in 89 new jobs at Hollywood Casino for dealers, table games management, surveillance, casino cashiering and beverage service. All positions include a benefits package and room for advancement.

Table games are expected to help fund the new arena now being built in Bangor through increased revenue and taxes from Hollywood Casino.