Meeting & Event Management

Why Meeting & Event Management at DCTC?

The Meeting & Event Management program at DCTC prepares you for success in one of the fastest growing, best-paying job markets in the U.S. You will learn the full range of skills you need to plan conferences, trade shows and conventions for companies and businesses as well as more social functions such as galas, weddings, reunions and more.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for qualified event planners is skyrocketing. BLS: "As businesses and organizations become increasingly international, meetings and conventions are expected to become even more important. For many of these organizations, meetings are the only time they can bring their members together. Despite the spread of online communication, face-to-face interaction is irreplaceable. In addition, industries and businesses increasingly recognize the value of hiring professional meeting planners who can deliver top-notch meetings at the best available price."

You will be guided by instructors who not only care about your progress—academically and professionally, but also know how to instill in their students the traits that are essential for stellar event planning:

  • Organizational smarts
  • Attention to detail
  • Bold heart
  • Grace under pressure
  • Decision-making prowess
  • Savvy communication skills
  • People-friendliness
  • Creativity
  • Flexibility
  • Tact

Quick Facts

  • Median pay for meeting, convention and event planners in the U.S. is more than $45,000/year. (U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Employment of meeting, convention and event planners is expected to grow 44 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. (U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • According to CNN Money, Event Coordinator is the second fastest-growing job in America.

  • Meeting, convention & event planner ranked #14 on Best Business Jobs 2013. (U.S. News & World Report)

  • Meeting, convention & event planner ranked #66 on Best 100 Jobs 2013. (U.S. News & World Report)

  • In 2013, corporate spending on group events nationally is expected to top out at $116 billion—a 6 percent increase over the previous year.

  • This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL); you can gain credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward your degree or certificate. Read more...

  • Instructor Rosealee Lee has the coveted distinction of Certified Association Executive (CAE) and in 2011 she received the prestigious Vision Award for Inspiration from Meetings: Minnesota’s Hospitality Journal; check out her bio.

  • Instructor David Keinert, who has 10+ years of hospitality management experience at eight different properties in three different states, believes hospitality is an art—the art of serving people; check out his bio.

  • Instructor Jessica Bartram has been planning trade shows and events for more than 10 years—everything from public art fairs to private corporate banquets to large educational conferences to trade shows with thousands of exhibitors; check out her bio.

  • The program is affiliated with several key professional organizations, including Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the National Association of Catering and Events (NACE), giving you clear pathways to network with industry pros and insiders.

  • Evening and online classes are offered, making it easier for you to earn your degree or certificate while you're working.

  • Thanks to instructors with extensive real-world industry experience, the program has built a topflight reputation with meeting and event planning professionals across the nation.

  • You can take advantage of internship opportunities while attending college to gain invaluable experience and make a great impression with a corporate, nonprofit or civic employer.

  • The DCTC Hospitality Alumni Network, a hallmark of the program, is the perfect networking resource for you to land your dream job and enhance your professional skill set.