Meeting & Event Planning

Business & Technology

Degree awarded: Associate in Applied Science;
Specialized Diploma conferred

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Program Features

Students earning an associate degree in applied science in Hospitality Management: Meeting and Event Planning will gain solid business knowledge and comprehensive skills designed to help prepare for a career in the event and meeting industries for any of the corporate, association, social, leisure, or hospitality and tourism arenas. Curriculum exposes students to develop and enhance planning and coordination skills, sales techniques, to research locations and activities available, and gain business acumen necessary for success in providing the highest level of guest service and satisfaction. Extensive techniques are examined for increasing organizational skills and the attention to detail necessary to carry out events and meetings of all sizes.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this field is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations. Job opportunities will be best for individuals with a bachelor's degree and some experience as a meeting planner, as the work and responsibilities are becoming more complex.

The Hospitality Management program fosters teamwork, professionalism, and learning through experience. Students will be prepared for a career in the hospitality industry by classroom learning supplemented with field trips, guest speakers and industry certifications. All students will complete a 225 hour management practicum, where they will complete an internship in their area are of interest.

Course credit or advanced placement options may exist for students coming from local high schools and vocational schools. Northampton also has agreements with several colleges and universities for students interested in transferring to a four year school upon completion of the program. Program instructors and college advisors can help determine the education and career path that will lead students to a successful future.

Contact the Admissions Office at 610.861.5500 for further information.

Program Outcomes: Meeting and Event Planning Option

Graduates of the program will:

  • Acquire and correctly use general industry information, technical skills, and certifications for employment in the hospitality industry.
  • Listen and effectively communicate in a positive, professional, and ethical manner with customers and colleagues of diverse backgrounds.
  • Display a professional image, positive attitude, strong work ethic, and recognize your role in the success of the organization where you are employed.
  • Read and accurately interpret standard indicators of the organization's financial health.
  • Use appropriate technology for written communication, information gathering, and data analysis to facilitate smooth operation of a hospitality organization.
  • Demonstrate leadership and supervisory skills, and an appreciation of diversity to support the organization and its goals.
  • Use organization and flexibility, as a team, to complete tasks, make decisions, and problem solve in a timely manner.
  • Utilize research and problem-solving techniques to employ "out of the box" critical thinking skills in a variety of hospitality situations.
Course Number Course Title Credits
First Semester
CMTH 102 Speech Communication 3
ENGL 101 English I 3
HOSP 101 Intro to the Hospitality Industry 3
MEPL 112 Meeting and Convention Management 3
--------------- Math (QL) or Science (SCI) Elective 3/4
15/16
Second Semester
ENGL 151R English II (Report Writing) 3
HOSP 105 Enhancing Guest Services 3
HOSP 111 Food and Beverage Management 3
MEPL 122 Special Event Management 3
---------------- General Education Elective (SIT or SSHB) 3
15
Third Semester
HOSP 210 Human Resource Management for the Hospitality Industry 3
HOSP 215 Hospitality Sales and Marketing 3
MEPL 132 Event Promotion & Sponsorship 3
PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology 3
---------------- General Education Elective (AH) 3
15
Fourth Semester
HOSP 130 Convention Services and Catering 3
HOSP 201 Strategic Leadership in Hospitality 3
HOSP 212 Hospitality Financial Reporting 3
HOSP 221G Hospitality Management Practicum 3
MEPL 143 or
MEPL 147
Event & Meeting Facilities Management or The Business of Social Events and Wedding Consulting 3
--------------- Elective 3
18
Total Credits: 63/64
  • For the General Education Electives, students must select one course from the list of approved Arts & Humanities (AH) courses and one course from the list of approved courses in Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time (SIT) or Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB).
  • One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D).
  • Computer competencies are included in various courses in this program. Thus, completion of the program automatically satisfies the computing requirement for the program.

Meeting & Event Planning

Specialized Diploma

Program Narrative

Northampton's Meeting and Event Planning diploma prepares you to effectively plan, organize and manage events and meetings on a variety of scale and splendor.  Our graduates are employed in positions such as meeting planners, event coordinators, sales coordinators, banquet/convention services manager, or catering supervisor.

Program Features

The specialized diploma in Meeting and Event Planning prepares the student for employment in event management, meeting planning, convention sales, and positions in hotels and resorts. The curriculum exposes students to the basic tenants of guest service, leadership, communication, teamwork and problem solving.  The program teaches students basic meeting, convention and special event management skills needed for success in this highly electrifying and dynamic industry.  The diploma program and its content were developed with extensive input from the industry experts.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Acquire and correctly use general industry information, technical skills, and certifications for employment in the hospitality industry.
  • Listen and effectively communicate in a positive, professional, and ethical manner with customers and colleagues of diverse backgrounds.
  • Display a professional image, positive attitude, strong work ethic, and recognize your role in the success of the organization where you are employed.
  • Read and accurately interpret standard indicators of the organization's financial health.
  • Use appropriate technology for written communication, information gathering, and data analysis to facilitate smooth operation of a hospitality organization.
  • Demonstrate leadership and supervisory skills, and an appreciation of diversity to support the organization and its goals.
  • Use organization and flexibility, as a team, to complete tasks, make decisions, and problem solve in a timely manner.
  • Utilize research and problem-solving techniques to employ "out of the box" critical thinking skills in a variety of hospitality situations.

Meeting & Event Planning

Specialized Diploma

Course Code Course Title Credits
First Semester
HOSP101 Introduction to the Hospitality Industry 3
MEPL112 Meeting and Convention Management 3
6
Second Semester
HOSP105 Enhancing Guest Service 3
MEPL122 Special Event Management 3
6
Third Semester
HOSP130 Convention Services and Catering Management 3
HOSP215 Hospitality Sales and Marketing 3

MEPL132

Event Promotion and Sponsorship 3
9
Fourth Semester
HOSP201 Strategic Leadership in Hospitality 3
MEPL143 Event and Meeting Facilities Management 3
MEPL147 The Business of Social Events and Wedding Consulting 3
9
Total Credits: 30

Career Potential: junior event planner, junior meeting planner, destination management administrative assistant, wedding/social event assistant, conference/convention services administrative assistant, special events/entertainment associate, and festival associate. 

Hospitality Management Program Mission Statement

Offer professional hospitality with a diverse outlook on the local and global communities via student engagement through innovative live labs and technologies.  By providing an accessible and comprehensive learning experience students gain a global leadership perspective on accountability and integrity in the hospitality and related businesses.

Hospitality Management Program Vision Statement

  • As one of the leading Hospitality Management Programs in the nation, we will:
  • Instill problem solving techniques through formulating innovative critical thinking skills.
  • Continuously seek commitment to the sustainability of the industry, the economy and the environment.
  • Create a positive and ethical decision-making environment, that leads to effective communication and networking skills.
  • Promote innovative program offerings through industry recognized certifications and radical team building approaches.