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Students in MSU Denver's Hospitality, Tourism and Events program get real-world experience working in a Marriott SpringHill Suites hotel located next to the Hospitality Learning Center. It's one of the only facilities of its kind in the counntry.

MSU Denver's HTE Program is for You

The hospitality industry is the second largest industry in Colorado. It requires a diverse, technologically literate workforce that can meet the increasing employer needs for communications, leadership, marketing, motivation, service orientation and teamwork.

The Hospitality, Tourism and Events (HTE) Program at MSU Denver is in a uniquely qualified position to prepare students to enter the industry and achieve success.

  • MSU Denver has the most cost-effective hospitality bachelor's degree program in Colorado and any community within 400 miles of Denver.
  • The HTE program is located in the center of Denver, the living- laboratory used by HTE to teach and study the hospitality industry.
  • Most students currently enrolled in HTE program work in the hospitality industry while attending classes.
  • Graduates of HTE secure jobs in the hospitality industry upon graduation; most remain in Colorado.
  • The Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center (HLC) is a distinct combination of a higher-education classroom building, a teaching laboratory, a commercial hotel–SpringHill Suites by Marriott–and a conference space. It's the only facility in Colorado of its kind and one of 11 in the nation.

Through its expanding hospitality education curriculum, experienced faculty and urban location, the HTE program prepares its graduates for career success in today's job market and in the industry of the future.

The Value of Mentors

MSU Denver student Irvin Susano works as a volunteer in the Brother 2 Brother program.

‌Irvin Susano, a student in MSU Denver's Hotel, Tourism and Events program, benefited from a good relationship with a role model, so he became one himself.

Susano serves as a peer leader supporting people in the University's Brother 2 Brother program, which works to retain and graduate young men of color. Read More... 

In the Community

Even at the tender age of 5, Fernando Ocampo (B.A. hospitality management ’12) was tapping his creativity so he could take part in his favorite hobby: cooking.

Today part of Ocampo’s job is to convince youngsters to eat more fruits and vegetables as a chef consultant with LiveWell Colorado, a nonprofit that promotes healthy eating and living. Read more...