Have you ever had a great time planning a party and thought how fun a career in event planning could be? Coupled with the fact that the special events industry is growing at an alarming rate, it seems like a viable career option.
The US Department of Labor notes, “Employment of meeting, convention, and event planners is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be best for candidates with hospitality experience” and comments on the benefit of formal education in meeting and event management, hospitality, or tourism management (US BLS, 2018).
You may find yourself wondering how to get started. Look no further, Moraine Park Technical College’s Administrative Professional associate degree provides formal education and training in event planning!
Moraine Park’s Business Meeting and Event Planning class focuses on coordinating business meetings and planning successful business events. Students develop skills in meeting logistics including scheduling, preparing, organizing, managing and participating in business meetings. Students engage in all aspects of the event management process including goal setting and objectives, establishing event themes, planning event logistics, financial management, promotion and event evaluation.
During the Business Meeting and Event Planning course, students are able to enhance their resume and put their skills to use through completion of a service learning project. Service learning is a type of experiential opportunity that combines community service with classroom instruction. While this kind of experiential learning includes volunteer activity (the service), its focus is on application of classroom learning (the learning) to the activity. Students help their community as part of a course.
Amy Harmsen, Office Technology and Computer Applications Instructor within Moraine Park’s Business programs instructed the course and led the students through their learning experience. “This year students from the Fond du Lac campus chose to focus their efforts on helping a local organization — the Fondy Food Pantry. The Fondy Food Pantry is in the process of moving to a new 10,000 square foot location. Students were given the opportunity to plan A Sneak Preview event. The purpose of the event was to showcase the new Pantry and to publicly acknowledge the involvement of SVDP and the City”.
Students had firsthand experience with the event planning process through a variety of activities. Harmsen provides details of the great efforts students underwent to make the event possible. “With the assistance of key volunteers from the Pantry, students were able to design an invitation that was mailed to over 500 people, they designed a brochure specific to the Pantry needs, created takeaways for those touring the building, contacted local businesses for donations of flowers, food, and drink, as well many other behind-the-scenes details leading up to the event. The class didn’t have a budget going into the event, so they held a bake sale to raise money to help offset the cost. The money they had left over was donated back to the Pantry; in addition, the students had a Food Drive on the Fond du Lac campus to help the Pantry grow”.
If you are interested in learning more about the Administrative Professional associate degree, please contact an academic advisor to get started today!
- Bethany Lomardo, 920-924-3245 firstname.lastname@example.org (Fond du Lac campus)
- Laurie Kuehn, 920-887-4457 email@example.com (Beaver Dam campus)
- Kristin Kozlowski, 262-335-5878 firstname.lastname@example.org (West Bend Campus)
For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.