Creating memories and bringing people together
It takes a trained professional to plan special events that go off without a hitch and orchestrate meetings that truly meet people's needs. Not a day goes by without festivals, conventions, trade shows, and corporate gatherings of all sizes. Playing a central role in this $30 billion-a-year industry, meeting and event planners are responsible for duties such as site selection, audio-visual support, marketing, budgeting, and vendor contracts. Students get hands-on lab experience, expert classroom instruction, and opportunities to network with local professionals.
The following degree and certificate options are available:
- Associate of Applied Science in Meeting and Event Planning
- Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning
What skills can I gain?
Students develop critical thinking skills in legal issues, human resources, marketing and sales, which are essential to a career in the meeting and event industry. Courses also cover topics pertaining to special event design, computers in hospitality, and exposition and trade show operations. Students seeking an AAS degree conclude their studies by completing an internship that puts course information into practice while building valuable job experience.
How long will it take to get a degree or certificate?
Associate degree students typically require at least two and a half years to complete their studies. Students in the certificate program usually require at least one and a half years of study. How quickly students complete their course of study depends on how many courses they take each semester. Meeting & Event Planning courses are scheduled to meet once per week for two hours and 40 minutes. The program also offers distance learning and hybrid courses.
Where can I work with this education?
Meeting & Event Planning students can be qualified to find employment in corporate event management, exposition and trade show management, convention and conference management, and venue sales. Other employers include visitor bureaus, catering companies, hotels, resorts, theme and amusement parks, and casinos. Many students also use their education to become wedding planners.
How do I get started at ACC and where can I find out about financial aid?
All prospective and current students must be advised by the program in order to enroll in Meeting & Event Planning courses. Please contact us for additional information.