As globalization increases and businesses continue to recognize the value of professionally planned meetings, demand for meetings and events is projected to grow 33 percent in the next 10 years, much faster than the average for all occupations. Meeting, convention and event planners are needed to coordinate all aspects of professional meetings and events from choosing a venue and reviewing contracts to selecting gifts and providing name badges to guests.
The Meeting and Events Planning Associate in Applied Science degree is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in the Meetings, Expositions, Events and Conventions (MEEC) industry. Students will learn how to plan an event from its early stages through cleanup after the event is over. Certificates are also available in Meeting and Event Planning and Wedding Planning Management.
Hospitality courses discover how to cover budgets and finance, site selection, contracts, vendors, negotiations, promotions, sustainability, food and beverage management, related technology and hospitality law. If you’re a flexible multitasker with an eye for detail who loves a fast paced environment, meeting and events planning might be for you.
Determine Your Path
Meeting and event planners need to know how to figure out their clients’ needs and requirements in terms of exhibit space, lodging, transportation, telecommunications, audio-visual displays, print- and web-based materials and food and beverages.
Whether you are preparing for a career in hospitality or tourism, planning to transfer to a four-year, baccalaureate-granting institution, or updating your skills, College of DuPage has the right program for you. We offer:
- Dedicated instructors with years of practical industry and teaching experience.
- Flexible schedules with day and evening classes.
- Affordable classes.
- Articulated transfer program with several prestigious institutions.
- Programs designed to prepare students with the skills that are in demand by today’s employers.
- Study Abroad opportunities to locations such as Budapest and Prague.
Meeting and Events Planning, Associate in Applied Science
The Meeting and Events Planning, Associate in Applied Science degree is designed for students wishing to pursue a career in the Meetings, Expositions, Events, and Conventions (MEEC) industry. This degree requires a minimum of 64 credits.
Meeting and Event Planning
The Meeting and Event Planning certificate prepares a student for entry into the Meeting and Event Planning industries. The certificate requires a total of 29 credits. Students will take classes in food and beverage, professional contracts, catering and more.
Wedding Planning Management
The Wedding Planning Management certificate concentrates on wedding planning through to the implementation of the event. Courses highlight the history of marriage, cultural and ethnic diversity in weddings, consumerism, venues, destination weddings and stress management. Students apply their learning through a business plan, marketing strategies and client relations. The course is offered both in the classroom and online depending on the semester.
Get Started Today
The first step to getting started in meeting and event planning is to apply for admission.
Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a pathway based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.
College of DuPage has several hospitality management and tourism transfer agreements in place with four-year colleges and universities to save you time, money and make the transfer process easier.
Many of these agreements with other colleges and universities have specific course requirements and a pre-determined course plan that needs to be followed to be eligible to transfer. Contact a program faculty member or academic advisor to learn more as course requirements vary by institution.
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