Program Description The Special Event Planning program will provide learners with the skills and knowledge necessary for a rewarding career creating beautiful events and providing long-lasting memories for guests and clients. Learners will be equipped to design, plan and execute diverse events, from corporate meetings and conferences to social functions such as weddings and community fundraisers. Special event planning is a growing role in many organizations in a vast number of different industries and sectors. The Special Event Planning program immerses learners in all aspects of the event industry. Business courses in marketing, human resources and entrepreneurship compliment event courses in design, food and beverage and event operations, preparing learners to be comfortable planning events in restaurants, hotels, resorts and convention centres. This two-year hospitality diploma concludes with an experiential learning opportunity working alongside professional event planners and managers in a variety of industries and on campus at Centennial College’s 20,000 sq. ft. Event Centre. Program Highlights: This Special Event Planning program includes a range of exclusive experiential learning opportunities. You learn from industry-selected faculty members who have years of experience. Students will have had hands-on experience in their field placement during their last semester. The program is focused on practical learning experiences that ensure that you are ready for the field upon graduation. Career Outlook Graduates may gain employment with their field placement employer or secure employment in areas such as: Catering and Event Coordinator Event Planner/ Event Manager Meeting and Convention Planner Trade Show Organizer Fundraising Coordinator Life Events Specialist Graduates may also explore starting their own business as an event, meeting or wedding planner. Are you an international student? If so, please note that you will not be eligible for your post-graduation work permit if you take a semester off from your learning. Always talk to our Student Advisor before planning your time with us. We want you to enjoy your entire experience and are here to help you with your learning journey. It’s Your Shift Training and Awareness Program: The program includes an innovative industry training and awareness certification – It’s Your Shift. The certification equips students with the crucial knowledge and provides current resources focused on sexual harassment prevention and safe practices for intervention as frontline workers or managers. It will support graduates as they enter the hospitality industry to become leaders for the prevention of sexual harassment and contribute to the evolution of safe and welcoming work environments.