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Meeting Planner
Curriculum code 1465
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This comprehensive program covers a broad spectrum: business, technology, and industry specific courses, plus verbal, nonverbal and written communication skills. The curriculum was designed by an advisory board of meeting/special events managers specifically to give graduates the necessary skills for entry level positions.

This program is intended to lead to employment. Students considering transfer to a four year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using the courses from this program should make an appointment with an academic advisor to review options. Most people working in this field are college graduates. A college degree is highly desirable in this field.

Nature of Work—Graduates will possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to take a project from the conceptual stage into a successful reality meeting, conference, or a gala fundraiser. Students work closely with local and worldwide destinations both virtually and onsite to make sure the event is a perfect match for the client's needs and budget.

Related Job Titles—Meeting planner, meeting coordinator, meeting specialist, event manager, event coordinator, wedding planner, trade show director, convention manager, conference manager

Employment Outlook—The Chicagoland area is the number two meeting planner employer in the United States due to the large number of associations headquartered here, including the American Bar Association, the American Medical Association, the American Dental Association. Chicago hosts some of the largest conventions, generating billions of dollars in revenue, keeping and adding employment in every aspect of the meeting/special events industry. According to salary.com, the median salary for meeting/ event planners is $59,006. For additional information visit the following sites: www.pcma.org/careers and http://www.mpiweb.org/Home. Source: Salary.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010-2011 www.bls.gov/oco

For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center in the Center for Contemporary Technology, T904, (708) 974- 5737, www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.

Gainful Employment Information—The college provides information about the number of semesters and expected costs to complete this program, as well as the current job outlook. Visit morainevalley.edu/programs/employment.htm.

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