MGM Resorts International and the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) will seek approval from the Board of Regents on September 7 for a program designed to make education affordable and accessible for its employees in Nevada and throughout the country.

Based on a partnership with NSHE, the College Opportunity Program strengthens MGM Resorts’ commitment to professional development and offers the company’s employees an online education through NSHE schools, free of charge for all credit hours. This program will provide high-quality educational opportunities for MGM Resorts employees in Nevada and throughout the country.

The schools include University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Nevada Reno, Nevada State College, Great Basin College, Western Nevada College, College of Southern Nevada and Truckee Meadows Community College.

By offering up several no-cost opportunities for entry and promotion into the middle class workforce this historic partnership will also further the work of the MGM Resorts Public Policy Institute at UNLV, which is examining the future of work in the United States.

“As the American workforce continues to evolve, I believe in higher education as a pathway to the middle class, said chairman and CEO Jim Murren. “MGM Resorts is committed to expanding those pathways and investing in its employees and communities in which we operate. We are focused on reducing the financial burden on our employees while increasing access to professional growth opportunities.”

Additional information on the College Opportunity Program will be made available after the Board of Regents meeting in Reno on September 7.

SBC Americas analysis: Corporate social responsibility comes to the fore once again with this latest initiative by MGM Resorts. Importantly, it illustrates that taking care of social responsibility from within the corporate environment has a significant role to play alongside looking out for the health and well-being of customers and the broader community. Social responsibility, like charity, begins at home!