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Students get firsthand training at university-owned hotel

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PHOENIX — Grand Canyon University students interested in a career in the hospitality industry are getting valuable experience at a university-owned hotel.

The Grand Canyon University Hotel is an actual working hotel where guests stay.

It is located in west Phoenix at Interstate 17 and Camelback Road.

Brett Cortright is the general manager of the hotel and runs the hospitality management program for GCU.

He said it’s a place where students get firsthand training in a real hotel.

“We have them across the building, in every position, from bellman, to front desk, to bartender, waiter, pretty much every position around the hotel you can imagine, “ Cortright said. “I’ve got students in every position from very entry level, day one-type positions all the way up to very skilled positions like revenue manager.”

Cortright said the hotel is open to all.

“We’re open to the general public. So we cater to everybody. We get a lot of people from GCU. A lot of athletic teams that are competing against GCU. We have a lot of our doctoral candidates will stay there. A lot of the families visiting their students,” he said.

Cortright said students in the Hospitality Management program, part of GCU’s Colangelo College of Business, learn to work hard and treat customers well.

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