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Debra Frank

Event Management

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The event management segment of the hospitality industry is a new and exciting career track. Event or Meeting Planners work in a variety of settings including sports, music, political, and educational events in addition to special events like weddings and celebrations.

You will learn how to design, plan, and execute successful events for any sized group. You will also get hands on experience in conducting needs analyses, budget preparation, set-ups and assess events through participation in an on-site internship.

Employment of meeting, convention, and event planners is projected to grow faster than average for all occupations. The median annual wage, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics is $47,350 per year. This is dependent upon job location and responsibilities.

Course Info

This is a career program and is designed to enable students to seek employment at the program's completion. Successful completion of this program qualifies a student to apply for a Certificate in Event Management.

As a Event Management program student, you'll expand your knowledge and gain career training through a variety of challenging courses, including:

  • Event Management
  • Mechanics of Event Management
  • Hospitality Supervision
  • Menu Planning & Food Merchandising
  • Purchasing, Inventory & Cost Control

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog.


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Career Info

Event Management Certificate program graduates enjoy enriching and rewarding careers at:

  • Hotels and Lodges
  • Event Venues
  • Colleges and universities
  • Corporations
  • Nursing homes
  • Self-Run Businesses

Employment opportunities for those in nutrition and dietetics are expected to grow faster than average, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor

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Faculty/Staff Info
Debra Frank, Assistant Professor and Program Director

Gateway Center

B.S., Pennsylvania State University

R.D., Shadyside Hospital Pittsburgh

Dietetic Internship program, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Additional graduate study, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Certified Hospitality Educator with the American Hotel and Motel Association

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