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PT’s adding four Vegas area locations

PT’s Entertainment Group will be adding four Las Vegas locations, including the opening of its first brewery in the first quarter of 2016.

With the expansion, PT’s Entertainment Group, a division of Golden Entertainment, Inc., and the largest traditional tavern gaming operator in Nevada, expects to add approximately 100 employees. The company employs more than 2,500 team members in Nevada and Maryland and is one of the largest employers in Southern Nevada.

“The strength of our taverns continues to come from the high-quality food and our ever-popular Golden Rewards gaming program, together with an incredibly unique, neighborhood atmosphere,” Blake Sartini, CEO of Golden Entertainment, said in a statement. “We plan to expand by building upon what has been a winning formula for us and expect 2016 will be a notable year for our tavern business. While we have grown steadily in the last 13 years, the upcoming year represents our most aggressive growth strategy to date.”

Golden Entertainment’s Golden Gaming subsidiary acquired the PT’s chain of taverns in 2002 and has added 30 locations over the past 13 years. In addition to PT’s, the company has expanded its tavern brands to include PT’s Gold, Sierra Gold, the country-themed PT’s Ranch and its Irish-themed Sean Patrick’s pubs.

The company’s new locations will include PT’s Ranch, 6450 S. Durango Drive, Las Vegas; PT’s Gold, at the intersection of Whitney Ranch Drive and West Sunset Drive in Henderson; PT’s Brewing Co., 3101 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, with another PT’s Gold location to be announced.

PT’s Brewing Co. is set to open in the first quarter of 2016 on the site of what was previously the Tenaya Creek Brewery on North Tenaya Way.

The company will completely remodel the old Tenaya Creek Brewery as its first location of this new concept. The brewery will have a capacity of 3,000 barrels of handcrafted beer annually, including seven of its own craft beers on tap, as well as other featured local craft and domestic beers. PT’s Brewing Company will also have the flexibility to produce seasonal craft beers for the company’s PT’s, Sierra Gold and Sean Patrick’s branded taverns.

“With 46 tavern locations in Southern Nevada, we see the addition of a brewery format as the next natural step in the company’s evolution and expansion,” Sartini said. “Once opened, PT’s Brewing Company will host a local home brew competition, with the winning beer being produced and available on tap.”

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Nightclub & Bar Show returning

The Nightclub & Bar Show will be back at the Las Vegas Convention Center on March 8-9 showcasing more than 700 exhibitors in the bar and nightlife industry.

“Every year, the Nightclub & Bar Show strives to bring a new and exciting experience to help thousands of nightlife professionals learn, network and grow,” Leo Squatrito, Nightclub & Bar Show group vice president and show director, said in a statement. “There’s nothing like it anywhere else and we look forward to making 2016 our biggest year yet by offering our attendees the best workshops, networking opportunities, keynote speakers and much more.”

Celebrating its 31st year, Nightclub & Bar Show welcomes more than 39,000 nightlife professionals who represent more than 200,000 establishments from around the world, with a combined annual beverage sales of nearly $20 billion.

In addition to product launches, demonstrations and tastings, the expo will feature an Entrepreneurs Awards Program, which will honor up-and-coming small businesses and emerging products in the nightlife industry.

Qualified organizations are encouraged to submit a nomination for this year’s awards by Friday, Nov. 13, at 8:59 p.m. PDT at www.ncbshow.com/2016-entrepreneurs-year-awards. Winners will be announced on Dec. 14.

Those interested in attending the 2016 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show can visit www.ncbshow.com for more information or to register.

Additional details about the expo floor, educational workshops, speakers, nightlife activations and more will be announced in the coming months.

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WGU gains national honor

The Teachers College of Western Governors University – parent university of WGU Nevada— has been named the “best value” in teacher education by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).

WGU’s Teachers College scored highest out of 1,100 education schools and programs reviewed nationally, on a combination of factors including quality, affordability, and how well the school prepares future teachers for the realities of the classroom.

The list is the first of its kind by a national education policy organization. The ranking analyzed undergraduate and graduate programs that specialize in elementary or secondary teacher preparation. WGU received an “A” grade for its secondary programs.

The NCTQ has ranked WGU’s secondary teacher preparation program as the top program in the nation in terms of quality from a list of 2,400 programs, and WGU was one of only 10 institutions named to the top lists for both elementary and secondary teacher education.

“We are pleased to empower future teachers so they can focus on student growth rather than worry about gaps in their own training or if they’ll be able to pay back a mountain of debt,” Kate Walsh, NCTQ president, said in a statement.

WGU’s Teachers College, the largest single provider of STEM educators in the U.S., now has 14,000 students and 17,000 graduates. Graduates of WGU’s teacher preparation programs can be licensed in all 50 states.

For more information about WGU’s teacher education programs, visit nevada.wgu.edu/education.

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