Career Focused Graduation Placement Information
The Hospitality Management program consistently places over 90% of their graduates in the hospitality industry before and shortly after graduation.
These positions are either in direct supervisory/management programs, or management track positions. Some of the national, international, and regional companies are:
Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Embassy Suites, Chipotle, Rialto Café Concepts, Sysco, Old Chicago, White Lodging, Biaggi’s, Devil’s Thumb Ranch and Resort, Fort Collins Brewery, Double Tree Hotels, Lost Canyon Golf Club, The Westin, and many others.
Preparing for a Career in Hospitality Management Events and Field Trips
All of the HM program faculty came from the hospitality industry and recognize the value of experiential learning. Aristotle once said, “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” Every HM course includes elements of experiential learning; examples of which include “behind-the-scenes” tour of a major hotel, a field trip to a local food distributor, brewer, or food processor, or private tour of a major event center such as Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium (Go Broncos!). The HM faculty gets students out of the classroom and into real-life environments.
Planning, organizing, and executing real events have been “built-in” to many of the HM courses. Allowing students to be responsible for creating and executing events like the Industry Appreciation Event, the annual Wine Master Dinner, and the Lillian Fountain Smith Conference allows them to put classroom learning into action.
Program Highlights Teaching Methodology
The HM faculty focuses more on developing critical thinking skills through experiential learning and less on memorization of facts and figures. Most HM classes involve application of classroom knowledge in real-life events and activities. Internships, work practicums, field trips, team-based projects, presentations, and role playing provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding of curriculum content.
Created back in 2005 by Dr. Ken Smith, the Aspen Grille is an on-campus restaurant and learning laboratory for HM students. Through the course RRM 340, students gain experience in all aspects of restaurant operations and have the opportunity to interact with campus and community patrons.