Meeting and Event Management

The Meeting and Event Management certificate is only offered by Scottsdale Community College through the Hospitality & Tourism Management program. The Meeting and Event Management certificate is designed to prepare students to work in the role of a “meeting planner” for the hospitality, corporate and non-profit industries. The Meeting and Event Management program of study will prepare students to fully qualify the needs of the industry.

Ideal students are:

  • Students who plan to complete their AAS degree in Hotel or Restaurant Management and want to enhance their resume and increase employability options
  • Those with a Bachelor’s degree and/or are gainfully employed and looking to broaden their skill set
  • Students without a degree but working in the hospitality sector and need meeting and event management coordination skills for their current or future employment

Program Code

5918 Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Hospitality: Meeting and Event Management 

Transfer Options

Articulation to state universities:

  • Five (5) core classes HRM110, 140, 145, 146 and 230 are transferable to Northern Arizona University (NAU) note HRM110and 140 are required classes and 145, 146 and 230 can be used as elective course selections.
  • Arizona State University (ASU) and Grand Canyon University (GCU) will accept credits as core or electives as long as they are transferred as part of the SCC'sHospitality: Hotel Management AAS complete degree.

Career and Employment Outlook

An Event Manager is responsible for fully qualifying the needs of their clients and to produce meaningful solutions to solve unique personal, professional and corporate goals.

Coordination of transportation, lodging, exhibit and/or meeting space, telecommunications, audio-visual, web-based materials, food & beverage and a wide range of educational resources, public speakers, and entertainment confirmation is required.

Expertise is dedicated to negotiating with suppliers and facilities, reviewing proposals and coordinating contracts on behalf of clients. Other responsibilities include scouting locations, establish budgets, hiring and coordinating event staff members, overseeing event-related planning, execution, delivery and logistics while exceeding client and attendee expectations. Event planners/managers must be detail-oriented, highly organized with excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Representatives Job Titles:

Also known as Certified Meeting Professional, Conference Organizer, Conference Planner, Conference Planning Manager, Conference Services Director, Conference Services Manager, Convention Planner, Convention Sales Manager, Corporate Meeting Planner, and Event Manager (recruiter.com).

Starting Salary Ranges:

Many event managers gain experience by starting our as event planners. In May 2015, the BLS reported that the median annual salary for meeting, convention and event planners was $46,840 (www.bls.gov). Most of these professionals made between $25,940 and $82,060 annually. Many worked in the hospitality industry, or for profit and non-profit, labor, political and similar organizations (learn.org/articles).

Employment Outlook:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a much higher rate of growth in employment opportunities for event planners that the total rate of growth across all occupations in the coming years. The BLS predicts the need for event planners to grow at 10% for meeting, convention, and event planners, which would include event management professional through the 2014-2024 period.

According to recruiters.comthe overall job outlook for Meeting, Convention, or Event Planner careers has been positive since 2004. Vacancies for this career have increased by 64.43% nationwide in that time, with an average growth of 10.74% per year. Demand for Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners is expected to go up, with an expected 8,440 new jobs to be filled by 2018. In addition, according to the BLS 9,900 new positions will be created over the decade.

Internship opportunities are offered as one of the electives courses. The internship courses is HRM295Internship this course is designed to be completed for 1, 2 or 3 credits, recommended for 3 so the course can be used as the sole elective to get the student to the 18 credits hours required for the CCL. Internship placement is not guaranteed.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • HRM295AA 1 credit = 80 hours of work
  • HRM295AB 2 credits = 160 hours of work
  • HRM295AC 3 credits = 240 hours of work

Program Contacts and Info

Janelle Hoffman, Hospitality & Tourism Program Director
Office: AP-246
Phone: (480) 423-6260
janelle.hoffman@scottsdalecc.edu

Gary Ward, Division Chair
Office: AP-247
Phone: (480) 423-6685
gary.ward@scottsdalecc.edu

Donna Medina, Administrative Specialist Sr.
Office: AP-251
Phone: (480) 423-6578
donna.medina@scottsdalecc.edu

Program Notes:

  • Set up an advising meeting by emailing janelle.hoffman@scottsdalecc.edu
  • Enroll in the courses listed in the Program Curriculum above
  • For permission to take upper-level class:
    • Email janelle.hoffman@scottsdalecc.edu  and provide us with the following.
      • Full name
      • Student ID#
      • Course number and section of classes you would like to take
      • Brief explanation of your educational and industry background