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An Inside Look at Johnson & Wales University in Denver

If only I could spend my days in a creative classroom, learning about cool new crafty, artistic or maker things. Today I'm going to share an inside look at Johnson & Wales University in Denver. JWU Colorado invited me to visit their campus and learn about the variety of programs they offer. I spent an afternoon touring the campus, hanging out with my son and wishing I could go back to college. Here's what I learned…

Johnson & Wales University - Denver Campus
Johnson & Wales University – Denver Campus

An Inside Look at Johnson & Wales University in Denver

We took a student lead tour of the JWU Denver Campus. It's a small university in a beautiful setting right in the heart of Denver.  We learned about the variety of programs offered, some campus history, and met so many great people… both faculty and students. Our tour guide, Zach was full of insight and answered all my questions. We got a peek at just about every building on campus, even one of the dorm rooms. I loved hearing about the history of this gorgeous building (above), after hosting the Colorado Women's College for a number of years, it sat empty for 30+ years! It was just renovated and reopened as part of JWU last year.

Inside look at JWU in Denver
Inside look at JWU in Denver

 

History on display at JWU Denver
History on display at JWU Denver
JWU Wildcat in Denver
JWU Wildcat in Denver

Everywhere you look at JWU, there's something interesting to see or learn. From the campus to the classes, there are beautiful details and inspiring information. Wildcats: Pride, Courage, Character and Community is the school motto. I spoke with a number of faculty members and got a great sense of community, it felt like a big family. Everyone was eager to share what they were working or what they enjoyed on campus. My son even ran into an old high school buddy!

Seeing friends on campus
Seeing friends on campus

I've always known of Johnson & Wales to be the school to attend for a stellar culinary program, but I learned there is so much more to this private university. The Colorado campus is one of 4 around the country, Denver being one of the newest. One really great perk of being a JWU (j-woo) student, once admitted into the university, you can enroll in classes at any of the campuses.That's a pretty cool opportunity. Each campus offers many of the same programs, but they also offer a little variety between them.

Programs cover a range of majors from Culinary Arts and Hotel Management to Business Administration or Criminal Justice. I was most surprised to hear about their program in Entrepreneurship. What a great opportunity to learn how to be your own boss instead of just jumping into the deep end like I did!

Inside the Student Center at JWU Denver
Inside the Academic Center at JWU Denver

One of the best features of JWU is their Experiential education focus. I love this approach to learning. At Johnson & Wales classes are hands on. Students aren't just observing and absorbing information, they are creating as they learn.

JWU offers a number of additional experiences for students to learn and get involved. Students are encouraged to participate in the university’s robust study abroad program. JWU offers a variety of collegiate varisty sports and has a variety of student clubs.

I think my favorite part of the tour was having the opportunity to enjoy a meal with the Dean of Culinary Education, Jorge de la Torre. We dined in restaurant environment that was actually a front of the house/back of the house class. The food was made by students. The venue was managed by students. We had a great conversation about the university, how the students participate and Jorge's experience as a member of the campus leadership. He's been with JWU for 14 years!

Pastry Class at JWU
Pastry Class at JWU

 

We got to eat this work of art
We got to eat this work of art

 

JWU lunch with Dean of Culinary Education
JWU lunch with Dean of Culinary Education

Take a little tour with me around campus…

Beautiful architecture at JWU Denver
Beautiful architecture at JWU Denver

 

Living wall inside one of the buildings at JWU Denver
Living teaching wall inside one of the buildings at JWU Denver

 

Plenty of places to study at JWU Denver
Plenty of places to study at JWU Denver
Creative Land, a student-centric space in the student affairs wing at JWU Denver
Creative Land, a student-centric space in the student affairs wing at JWU Denver

 

Dorms at JWU Denver
Dorms at JWU Denver
Go Wildcats! JWU Denver
Go Wildcats! JWU Denver

 

Gorgeous campus at JWU Denver
Gorgeous campus at JWU Denver
Spending the day touring Johnson & Wales University in Denver - Pictured: historic Centennial Hall
Spending the day touring Johnson & Wales University in Denver – Pictured: historic Centennial Hall

We really enjoyed our time learning about JWU. Whether you are looking for a degree in business management or are dreaming of becoming a pastry chef, it's definitely worth a look. Thank you for having us Johnson & Wales University. We enjoyed our visit!

 

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3 thoughts on “An Inside Look at Johnson & Wales University in Denver”

  1. Thanks for the tour. There used to be a JWU in my town. Not sure what happened to it. It sounds like a great experience.

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  2. What a wonderful tour – and such a place to exercise the creative side of the brain. Are you planning to attend —or teach!? (like you need more on your to-do plate) Are there two new penguins in the works – Johnson? Wales?

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    • haha! No new penguins. I’m not planning to attend nor teach, just took a tour to check it out and see what all they had to offer.

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