Meeting & Event Management

Meeting & Event Management

Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Meeting & Event Management - A.A.S. Degree 60 cr. Rosemount
 Meeting & Event Management - Certificate 16 cr. Rosemount

Major Description

This program prepares students to enter the hospitality industry, the largest and fastest growing in the world. Coursework provides the knowledge and skill sets to offer premier services and guest satisfaction in meeting, conference and event management businesses, marketing and public relations firms, nonprofit and for-profit corporations, hotels, golf and country clubs, casinos, resorts, and other industry attractions.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Visit the CPL page to learn more.

Meeting & Event Management Advisor & Instructors
Amy Eppen
Amy Eppen
Enrollment Advisor and Financial Aid Specialist
Rosealee Lee
Rosealee Lee
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David Keinert
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Program Costs*

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  Meeting & Event Management
A.A.S. Degree – 60 credits
Meeting & Event Management
Certificate – 16 credits
Tuition $168.95/cr. $168.95/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr.
Textbooks $950 $400
Personal Property Fee $88.50 N/A
Student Activities $22.50 N/A
Grand Total $12,485 $3,446.40

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That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.

Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402

Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.

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"I like to be in-the-know and learn by doing and DCTC's Meeting and Event Management program had that option for me."
Sarah Kopczyk
Conference Planner, MN State College Student Association
Meeting & Event Management Graduate

Kate Homan
Kate Homan
Hospitality Careers Graduate
"I truly can't wait to move on and get more experiences in this industry, and I love that the choices are limitless."

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at DCTC and would very much consider continuing my education there. I first started out in interior design, but found that meeting and event management was better suited for me. During my time there, I was a part of the Student Senate, and eventually became the senate secretary.

I went on to graduate and was incredibly excited to start job hunting. I truly wanted to get firsthand experience to build my resume. Meeting and event management with Rosealee (Lee) was so great; she is truly a mentor to me. If there was any question about the industry, she could answer it with the experience she has because she has literally done it all! I found a job at a hotel as a front desk clerk. I remembered Rosealee stating she got her start at a hotel and built up from there. I was starting to get stable again, learning a ton, and meeting wonderful people.

Before I knew it, the position of hotel supervisor came up, and I thought I'd take a shot at it. After only five months of being there, I got the job of supervisor! I truly can't wait to move on and get more experiences in this industry, and I love that the choices are limitless.

Mimi Frencillo-Khaja
Mimi Frencillo-Khaja
Hospitality Careers Graduate
"As an instructor, Rosealee (Lee) goes above and beyond the traditional teacher/student relationship; she respects you as an equal, and as an adult student this approach has made my experience a very positive one!"

When exploring different career paths I had the fortune of meeting with Rosealee Lee, the instructor of the Meeting and Event Management program at Dakota County Technical College. Coming from a complete health sciences background, I really had no idea or concept of what to expect with such a transition from health sciences to business-related courses.

Rosealee was extremely helpful! She provided me with insight and much needed guidance when making decisions that would help me make a less stressful and seamless transition from one area of study to another. Her years of professional experience in the field of meeting and event planning gave me the confidence in her suggestions and her encouragement throughout my experience in program.

As an instructor, Rosealee goes above and beyond the traditional teacher/student relationship; she respects you as an equal and as an adult student this approach has made my experience a very positive one!  I truly find myself very fortunate to have crossed paths with such an extraordinary woman. Through her actions and words of wisdom I feel very strongly when I state that she cares very much about the progress and success of her students.

Janice Kwallek
Janice Kwallek
Hospitality Careers Student
"The Meeting & Event Management program will open your eyes to the many different areas and opportunities within the industry. As Rosealee (Lee) would say, 'The possibilities are endless!"

After attending the “Serious Site Inspections” one-day seminar with Rosealee Lee, I was thrilled to learn that the MnSCU system had a program dedicated to event management. What I like best about DCTC are the flexible scheduling options and the ability to take both hybrid and online courses.

The networking opportunities that Rosealee Lee and the other instructors provide to their students really contribute to the overall experience of participating in the Meeting & Event Management program. You make lasting connections that otherwise would not have presented themselves.

The Meeting & Event Management program will open your eyes to the many different areas (and opportunities) within the industry. As Rosealee (Lee) would say, "The possibilities are endless!"

While it’s important to finish the program within your set timeframe/goal, I would encourage people to take their time so they get the most out of each course.

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Work Environment

A fast-paced and demanding career, meeting and event management requires the ability to oversee multiple operations simultaneously, while orchestrating numerous deadlines and activities of several different groups of people. Meeting and convention planners spend the majority of their time in offices, but frequently work on site at hotels, convention centers or other meeting locations.

Job Outlook

According to ISEEK, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, meeting and convention planners in the U.S. earn on average $23.02/hour. Top earners average nearly $35.42/hour. ISEEK: "Many organizations span the country or the globe. For these groups, a meeting is often the only time all of its members can get together. Industries that are experiencing high growth tend to have more meetings and conferences. Unlike workers in some occupations, meeting and convention planners can change industries relatively easily. Thus, they are able to move to different industries as a particular sector of the economy grows or declines. "

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a wide range of industries require event planners in the U.S. The bulk of the demand breaks down as follows:

  • Business, professional, labor and political organizations: 13 percent
  • Hotels and motels: 10 percent
  • Other support services, including trade show organizers: 9 percent
  • Self-employed: 9 percent
  • Colleges, universities and professional schools: 6 percent
  • Grantmaking and giving services: 3 percent

Salary Data

Potential Job Titles

  • Conference Organizer
  • Event Manager
  • Group Sales
  • Housing Coordinator
  • Meeting Planner
  • Project Manager
  • Special Event Coordinator
  • Sponsor and Fund Developer
  • Trade Show Manager
  • Wedding Planner

Gainful Employment Reports

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Transfer Options

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Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Sorry, there are no Articulation Agreements in place for this program.
Don't worry though, courses in this program may still transfer to other colleges or universities. Visit Transferology for fast and accurate course and transfer equivalency information.

Transfer Resources

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Transferring to DCTC?

Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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News & Events

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The Meeting & Event Management program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student and alumni success, student participation at hospitality events, and the accomplishments of our Meeting & Event Management instructors.

Social Media

As a student majoring in either Meeting & Event Management, Hospitality Lodging Management or Spa & Resort Management, you can get the latest news on your program and the hospitality industry by following Instructor Rosealee Lee on social media.

Meeting & Event Management Events

  • Feb
    Career and Technical Program Exploration Workshop
    Monday, Feb. 8  | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Feb
    Tuesday Campus Visit
    Tuesday, Feb. 9  | 12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Feb
    30-Minute Admissions Info Session
    Thursday, Feb. 11  | 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Feb
    Tuesday Campus Visit
    Tuesday, Feb. 16  | 12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Feb
    30-Minute Admissions Info Session
    Thursday, Feb. 18  | 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Feb
    Tuesday Campus Visit
    Tuesday, Feb. 23  | 12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
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Clubs & Organizations

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As a student in DCTC's Meeting & Event Management program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the hospitality industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.

Professional Organizations

Getting Connected on Campus

DCTC features active, industry-relevant clubs for Meeting & Event Management students right on campus. Getting involved in these clubs allows you to make the most of your college experience and gives you an edge when seeking a career in the hospitality field. The following two clubs are open to all Meeting & Event Management students:

Meeting Professionals International DCTC Student Club
This student club is affiliated with the Minnesota chapter of Meeting Professionals International, or MPI. Club members belong to MPI, the world's largest association for the $100 billion meeting and event industry. MPI is committed to positioning meetings and events as key strategic components of a company or organization's success. Established in 1978, the MPI Minnesota Chapter empowers its more than 450 members to increase their strategic value through education, professional development and business growth opportunities. Visit MPI Minnesota and MPI International to learn more. You can also visit the MPI DCTC Student Club on Facebook.

DCTC Hospitality Alumni Network
As a graduate with a DCTC Hospitality Careers degree or certificate, you can join the Hospitality Alumni Network as a great way to stay connected to people at the college as well as to other alumni. You can also reach out to assist current students in your program.

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.