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Celebrating 10 Years of Charlotte

JWU’s Charlotte Campus recently celebrated an important milestone: 10 years in the Queen City.

Charlotte Business Leaders Praise JWU
In this video, executives from Bank of America, Compass Group, BellSouth, Duke Energy and more speak to the positive impact the Charlotte Campus has made on the region as it approaches its 10th anniversary — and the university’s 100th year.

“We’re the 11th-largest employer on the globe. And when we see resumes with Johnson & Wales ... [those students] are going to get interviewed,” notes Gary Green, CEO of Compass Group, North America.

“We’ve got Johnson & Wales graduates throughout the country,” says Mike Bailey, chairman and CEO of TrustHouse Services Group. “We’re in 45 states, and I’d venture to suggest that in 35 of them, at least, we’ve got a Johnson & Wales graduate.”

About the Charlotte Campus
Uptown Charlotte, as well as the 16-county region, is a much different place than it was before 2004. JWU opened its doors to the first graduating class, enrolling 1,016 in culinary arts, hospitality and business. Today the Charlotte Campus has built enrollment to more than 2,400 students from 18 foreign countries and 47 states.

An independent study commissioned by JWU in 2006 cited a $50 million economic impact. The university has also become a major player when it comes to community outreach. During the 2012-2013 academic year more than 1,130 members of the Charlotte Campus volunteered 21,221 hours of service.

100 Years of JWU
JWU’s Centennial celebration kicked off in 2013 and continues through May, when the Centennial Commencement ceremony will recognize one very special Class of 2014.

Want to join the celebration? Browse our calendar of Centennial events.