Johnson & Wales: Providence campus

Providence Campus

College review by Lisa Bleich

I visited the Providence Johnson and Wales campus as part of the Rhode Island College Tour.  The academics offerings are similar and students accepted to Johnson and Wales can enroll at any of the four campuses.

The Providence campus is the largest of the four. There are two campuses.  The campus in downtown Providence is situated right in the heart of the city, next door to the Providence Performing Arts Center.   The campus is pretty, but small with several buildings centered around a grassy quad. Our tour guide was a senior who started off as a pastry chef in the culinary campus obtaining an associate’s degree and then stayed for another 2 years to get her Bachelor degree in Business.  She had a job working for a large wedding planner in Providence.

We then toured the culinary campus located by the water in an industrial park about 20 minutes away.  This is a larger campus with 5 stories of state of the art equipment including three restaurants and a culinary museum.  We saw students learning everything about food and drink from chocolate classes, to international stations to cocktail mixing (with colored water as props.) Students were engaged and worked really hard.  We ended our tour with an outstanding culinary experience with food prepared by the students that rivaled any 5 star restaurant.

Johnson and Wales is an ideal school for students looking for an urban lifestyle and who want a career-oriented degree, hands-on-learning and professional work experience.

Main web site for Johnson & Wales: www.jwu.edu

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