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Meeting & Event Planning

Meeting & Event Planning Certificate Program

Develop the skills, techniques and know-how to plan stellar events in this lively, hands-on practical program! Whether planning a nonprofit’s fundraiser, a gallery opening, convention, corporate annual meeting, a wedding or special social event, you’ll learn the steps necessary to plan a winning event from start to finish without the need for crisis management. Those interested in a career in meeting or event planning will find this program helpful in getting started in the industry; those with some experience will be exposed to new ideas and ways of thinking about events. Completion of all seven modules required to earn the certificate of completion.

All modules must be taken in order!

Instructor: Stefanie J.B. Muscat, experienced instructor, owner and principal of Bevara, with extensive experience planning special events


Principles of Meeting & Event Management

Provides an overview of the various components of negotiations, creating and managing timelines, set-up, audio-visual, food and beverage, onsite management, evaluation, and event follow-up.

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, one evening, 1/27

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $49

CRN : 118  Course Number: HOST1000 Section: RWA


The Business of Weddings & Social Events

Explore what it’s like to plan and manage weddings and social events, including meeting with clients, working with vendors and sites, timelines, budgets, and onsite coordination.

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, two evenings, 2/3 to 2/10

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $95

CRN: 119 Course Number: HOST1004 Section: RWA


Catering Design & Management

Explore the food and beverage side of event planning. Topics include menu development and planning, packages, service styles and event flow, and the logistics of off-site catering management.

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, one evening, 2/17

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $49

CRN: 120 Course Number: HOST1001 Section: RWA


Corporate Event Planning

Focuses on the corporate sector of meeting and event planning. Topics include program development, coordinating speaker logistics, travel, site selection, registration, and on-site management.

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, one evening, 2/24

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $49

CRN: 121 Course Number: HOST1005 Section: RWA


Event Sales & Marketing

Marketing the event to its audience and stakeholders is essential to success.  This course will examine the various marketing methods and apply them to the event profession as part of an overall marketing plan.  Advertising, public relations, media placement and internet marketing are discussed.

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, one evening, 3/3

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $49

CRN: 122 Course Number: HOST1002 Section: RWA


Financial Planning & Legal Studies for the Event Planner

Covers the basics of financial management for events and familiarizes you with the legal issues surrounding the industry, including budgeting, profit and loss, contracts, insurance, and liability issues.

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, one evening, 3/10

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $49

CRN: 123 Course Number: HOST1003 Section: RWA


The Business of Being an Event Planner

Determine what’s involved in starting and operating your own event planning business and the ins and outs of working as an event planner, as well as self-marketing and making the pitch (proposal writing).

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, one evening, 3/17

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $49

CRN: 124 Course Number: HOST1006 Section: RWA