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Madison WI 53704

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Event Management

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 101096

Overview

The Event Management associate degree program at Madison College is the only one of its kind in the nation. It was designed to give you critical knowledge, build real-world skills and create a competitive advantage in the meeting and event planning job market, all while learning from leading experts. Learn about contract law, facilities, and financial management. Additionally, receive preparation for positions in the convention, conference and meeting planning industry by:

  • Developing your negotiation skills.
  • Improving your decision-making skills.
  • Enhancing your problem-solving skills.
  • Refining your communication skills.

Madison College's Event Management program was named Industry Model Champion by the Department of Labor. Because of our leadership in the events industry, rigor in our education and depth of event management training in our program, we have been integral in the development of the U.S. Department of Labor's Hospitality, Tourism and Events Workplace Competency Model. Check out the competency model and see how you match up with the skills necessary to be an event professional.

 The Meeting Professionals International Wisconsin Chapter, part of the world’s largest organization for meeting professionals, also endorses this Madison College program.

Program Details

Students in the Event Management program can attend full or part-time.

Event Management classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

All courses for this program are offered online and in person.

Meeting and Event Management


Admission

To Apply
 

  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 

Questions?

Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

 

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

Outcomes

After completing the Event Management program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  • Apply project management strategies to a meeting or event
  • Manage financial resources
  • Design a meeting or event
  • Promote a meeting or event
  • Manage a risk management plan
  • Determine the purpose of an exhibition and its role in the organization's structure
  • Incorporate sustainable practices in event management
  • Construct sponsorship and strategic partnership opportunities for event revenue
Careers

Madison College graduates are ready for a range of positions in the field of meeting and event management including:

  • Conference Manager
  • Marketing and Special Event Manager
  • Convention Sales Manager
  • Meetings Coordinator
  • Director of Educational Programs
  • Meetings Services Manager
  • Project Manager of Meetings and Events
  • Senior Event Coordinator
  • Program Manager
  • Special Event Coordinator
  • Conference and Travel Service Manager
  • Operations Manager

For more information on careers in meeting and event planning check out the following:

Internship

As part of Madison College’s Meeting and Event Management program, you will gain practical work experience through a supervised internship at an approved job site. Selection of a site is based on your individual goals. This internship will provide a behind-the-scenes understanding of meeting and event management as well as hands-on experience in planning logistics for a meeting and/or event. A minimum total of 200 hours is required to complete your internship. 

Find open jobs in this industry on Wisconsin TechConnecttmRegistration Required.

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    59
    Tuition
    $7917.80
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $838.00
    Other Costs
    $100.00
    Total Program Costs:
    $8855.80
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 16 14 11
    Number of Surveys Sent 15 14 11
    Number of Surveys Returned 9 11 8
    Percent of Surveys Returned 60.00% 78.60% 72.70%
    Available for Employment 9 10 7
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 90.90% 87.50%
    Not in Labor Market 0 1 1
    Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 9.10% 12.50%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 8 8 7
    Percent of Graduates Employed 88.90% 80.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 6 7 6
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 75.00% 87.50% 85.70%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 1 1
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 25.00% 12.50% 14.30%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 1 2 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 11.10% 20.00% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.6 3.5
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 9 11 8
    Very Satisfied 5 7 4
    Percent Very Satisfied 55.60% 63.60% 50.00%
    Satisfied 4 4 4
    Percent Satisfied 44.40% 36.40% 50.00%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 9 11 8
    Preparation for Getting a Job 4 3 5
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 44.40% 27.30% 62.50%
    Career Change 4 5 2
    Percent Career Change 44.40% 45.50% 25.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 1 2 0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 11.10% 18.20% 0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 0 1 0
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 9.10% 0.00%
    Personal Interest 0 0 1
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 12.50%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 8 8 7
    Before Enrollment 3 0 0
    Percent Before Enrollment 37.50% 0.00% 0.00%
    While Attending the College 2 2 1
    Percent While Attending the College 25.00% 25.00% 14.30%
    After Training at the College 3 6 6
    Percent After Training at the College 37.50% 75.00% 85.70%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 8 8 7
    In College District 4 6 2
    Percent In College District 50.00% 75.00% 28.60%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 3 1 2
    Percent of In Wisconsin 37.50% 12.50% 28.60%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 1 3
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 12.50% 42.90%
    Employer Location Unknown 1 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 12.50% 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 3 6 6
    Average Monthly Wage $3,103 $3,192 $2,535
    Average Hourly Wage $18.04 $18.56 $14.74
    Average Work Hours per Week 41.8 41.3 40
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 1
    Average Hourly Wage $15.00 $10.42
    Average Work Hours per Week 22.5 24
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 56 23
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 64 35
    Total Jobs 120 58
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Aloft Milwaukee Downtown Sales Coordinator Manager OEM Milwaukee
    Celebration On The River Event Assistant La Crosse
    Icona Golden Inn Events Coordinator Avalon NJ
    Remax/Pure Integrity Homes Team Coordinator Oregon
    State Bar of Wisconsin Program Assistant
    West Monroe Partners Receptionist Operations Chicago IL

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

    **** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at techconnect@madisoncollege.edu

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