Are you passionate about planning events? Do you want to become more astute in your planning abilities? Looking to build your event portfolio/resume? Interested in earning the CSEP (Certified Special Events Professional) or CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) designations?
This lively introductory course will educate you about planning events by introducing you to the basic elements of the hospitality industry through presentations and hands-on activities. Learn what it takes to get started as an event professional, what job opportunities exist and how to establish a career path within the profession. Discussions will emphasize best practices in the industry as well as common pitfalls to avoid and how to become more efficient in your risk management abilities. Discover various event planning resources and associations that can help you grow as an Event Planner. Gain confidence to plan, execute, and have more ROI for any size or type of event. You will have an opportunity to produce your own event with the help of fellow classmates.
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EventEssentials’ Principal Event Planner and owner is Qualena Odom-Royes, CSEP, CMP. Ms. Odom-Royes has over 18 years of experience in event and meeting planning. Accredited from The University of Georgia in Conference Planning and Meeting Management, she also holds the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) and Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designations. Prior to opening her own event planning business, her background was in event management and marketing at MCI Telecommunications/WorldCom, handling corporate sponsorships and business to business advertising, and MTV Networks (MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, TV Land, VH1). Ms. Odom-Royes opened EventEssentials ten years ago. Since that time, the award-winning company has provided planning and facilitation services to organizations in a variety of different industries.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
CE Main Location - Required text:
Special Events: Creating and Sustaining a New World for Celebration, 7th Edition - Joe Goldblatt
ISBN : 978-1-118-62677-1, November 2013, ©2014
E Textbook Special Events: Creating and Sustaining a New World for Celebration, 7th Edition ISBN : 978-1-118-80597-8
Target Audience: This course is intended for individuals who are interested in organizing special events whether personal or professional OR who have 3 years of experience and are preparing for the CMP certification exam.
Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Teaching Methodology and Assessment: Methodology - Lecture, discussions, power point presentations, real life experiences. Assessments - Discussion, Q and A, plan a successful event
Criteria for Successful Completion: To receive a Clayton State University Center for Continuing Education Certificate of Program Completion and CEUs, you must attend 80% of all class sessions, actively participate and complete an evaluation for the course. In addition, exams/quizzes will be administered and graded to assess the student's ability. A final team project will be assigned to assess the abilities to administer the knowledge obtain during the course.
Amount of contact time (in hours) needed to effectively teach this course: 42 hours
Number of CEUs to be offered: 4.2