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.
A fast-paced and demanding career, meeting and event management requires the ability to oversee multiple operations simultaneously, face numerous deadlines, and orchestrate the 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.
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|Meeting & Event Management
A.A.S. Degree – 60 credits
|Meeting & Event Management
Certificate – 16 credits
|Personal Property Fee||$88.50||N/A|
*Estimated amounts based on 2014–15 tuition and fees.
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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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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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.
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.
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.
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.