Course Code: GES402
Understand the fundamental elements of successful event management. Learn about the administration, coordination, and marketing elements that go into creating and promoting an event.
Discuss special event career opportunities and possible room for growth within the field. You’ll also cover special event management technologies that help with storing data, managing time, and reaching out to vendors and attendees.
Define the ways in which you and your team will be held legally and ethically responsible during an event. Ensure you know how to receive the proper licenses and insurance for all events. Also expect to cover ways to remain socially responsible and how to reduce the environmental impact of your planned events.
Review best practices for ordering and placing designs and decorations. Understand how the size and location of a venue can impact the scope of decorations permitted inside.
Learn how to bring together backdrops, props, flowers, fabrics, balloons, and lighting elements. Understand how to coordinate event entertainment, signage, and catering services.
Go over the various types of events that you may want to work on. This portion of the course will cover corporate and social events, weddings, fairs, festivals, spectacles, and parades.
Jim C. Monroe is design director and senior event manager with more than 30 years’ experience in special events. He decorates and manages events for corporate, community, and family celebrations. He is also a member of the Travel, Exposition, and Meeting Management Program at Richland College. He has received several awards, including the Esprit Award for Best Industry Contribution of 2006 and the Outstanding Service Award from TxACOM. Monroe holds a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Fredonia and attended University of Cincinnati for his master’s degree. He is a Certified Meeting Professional and Certified Special Event Professional.
Dawn Lianna is a senior event manager with over 30 years of experience in the event planning field. She has worked with non-profits, corporations, community, educational and private events. As an educator and corporate trainer, she has co-hosted over 500 events. She oversees all aspects of administration, coordination, marketing, time management, finding venues, staging, managing staff, getting permits, signage, fund raising and budgeting from start to finish. She is also the author and teachers Keys to Effective Communication. Her excellent communication skills bring an additional asset to this valuable course and to anyone wanting to learn the art and science of event planning.
There are no specific prerequisites for this course. It is taught at the college level and requires the basic high-school level academic competencies. You should have a high school degree or the equivalent, basic liberal arts knowledge, and an understanding of and interest in different cultures. You will also need a basic understanding of computers and must be comfortable navigating the Internet.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:
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My facilitator was very knowledgeable in this subject. He was fair, kind and a good leader; I learned a lot from him, as well as the course. I feel proud to have completed this journey and can't wait to see where it takes me."
I enjoyed the flexibility of this course. Being online, it allowed me to go at my own pace. I thought the course content was excellent, and was very impressed by the knowledge of the facilitator. The support team at ed2go was very nice and accommodating to my needs."
I liked the foundation of the course and the material. I learned so much in such a short time!"
I thought this class was very detailed and fun at the same time! The facilitator was very well educated in event planning and responded very quickly to emails."
I haven't been associated with a school of any kind for years and I was nervous at first, but once I saw the support I was receiving I from ed2go and the facilitator, I was completely comfortable. Everyone was great."
I really enjoyed taking the course online, at first I didn't think It would keep my attention, but it did! Mr. Monroe was honest and gave great compliments and great advice."
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This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
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