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Marriott and Sage Hospitality open on-campus hotel learning center

- Judy Maxwell (Assistant Editor)
Metro State University expects students to make up 80 percent of the hotel staff.

Metro State University in Denver has opened a new school for hospitality.

Marriott International and Sage Hospitality have opened a 150-room SpringHill Suites on the campus, according to news reports.

Metro State students will make up 80 percent of employees at the hotel are expected to be Metro State hospitality students.

Next door to the hotel is a new, Hospitality Learning Center with student labs, classrooms and faculty offices. 

The school was borne of a feasibility study in 2007. The project costs $45m with Sage Hospitality paying for construction of the $12m hotel. Sage will manage the hotel and take part in training Metro State students. So far Sage has raised $5m of the cost with Marriott’s foundation providing $1m.

The new school is one of just 10 on-campus teaching hotels in the US and it is expected that the graduates will find jobs and establish careers in Denver’s hotels.

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