Events Management

Contact Info

Kristie Latocha, MA.Ed.
Pierpont Community and Technical College
School of Human Services
Para-Professional Program Manager


Contact Info

Dr. Beth Newcome
Applied Design Program Coordinator/Instructor
Director of Special Programs
B.S., M.S. West Virginia University
Ph.D. The Ohio State University
Office: ED 115
Phone: 304-367-4298


Additional Faculty & Staff-Event Management

Carrie E. Smith-Swiger
Adjunct Staff: Event Management
Diane Watson
Adjunct Staff: Event Management



Contact Info-Brian A. Floyd

Brian A. Floyd, CEC, CCE, MA
Dean - School of Human Services
Executive Director of Culinary Academy
ACF Certified Executive Chef
ACF Certified Culinary Educator
M.A. Marshall University
Room: ED 143
Phone: 304-367-4409


This program is moving from a Certificate of Applied Science (Program will cease on May 2013) to an Advanced Skills set (not financially aid eligible).
Program Purpose:
This skill set program (under the direction of the Food Service Management program) includes a practicum experience that may be in the hospitality industry, at hotels, resorts, or conference centers.
The Events Management skill set program is designed to be its own program of study, or it can be earned alongside other programs. This program is not financial aid eligible.
 Elective options in the program allow the student to select from a variety of courses to suit their individual interest.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the Events Management Skill Set, graduates will be able to do the following:
  • Apply practical and creative aspects of coordinating major events, including conventions, political rallies, expos, corporate training and seminars, as well as large private receptions and parties.
  • Develop working relationships with a variety of customers which can be private or community-based, business, corporate, or government entities.
  • Determine and set structure, purpose, goals and objectives of an event.
  • Identify the elements of an event; develop logical sequencing and efficient schedules, coordinating the environment, safe operations, staging the entertainment experience, and accommodating the audience.
  • Plan and execute business to business events requiring sound business practices including establishing a customer profile, strong financial planning and management, vendor relations, management of multiple contracts, and accurate attention to details.
  • Practice protocol and process in choosing entertainment, decor, travel arrangements, catering, registration and other staging consideration, as well as build relationships with vendors and volunteers.
Completers of the program will be experienced in planning various types of events in many venues, such as charity events, conferences, meetings, weddings, parties, parades, fairs, tours, fund raisers, tournaments, festivals, product & service promotions, sporting events, concerts, media campaigns, exhibitions, trade shows, dinners, holiday/birthday/engagement celebrations, and casino functions. Recent practicum experiences for students have included internships with regional county visitor bureaus.


       Required Courses:15 Hours




Credit Hours



Events Coordination




Wedding Planning


FOSM 1119 Intro to Food Service & Hospitality Industry 3



Resort and Hotel Management




Corporate Events Planning


FOSM 2227 Food & Beverage Merchandising 3




Note to Students:
This skill set program does not qualify for financial aid. Student seeking financial aid eligible degrees may incorporate Events classes as electives, when their schedule allows, along with the completion of any associate degree. The Associate of Food Service Management, Hotel and Resort option includes all but one of the required Events classes; EVGM 1103 Wedding Planning. Consult the advisor for more information about the associate degree option, in combination with the Events Skill Set program.
Advanced Skill Set:
Certificate Of Applied Science Degree, Gainful employment metrics

Program Information July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012

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COST (on-campus, WV resident)
Q: How much will this program cost me?
A: Tuition and Fees: $3,652 ($3920 in 2011-12)
  Books and supplies: $1,000 ($634-$1100 in 2011-12)
  On-campus room & board: $6,926 ($6864 to $8376 in 2011-12)
  Other Program Specific Costs $0
2011-12 Catalog     What's Included for 2012-13?
Q: What are my financing options to pay for the program?
A: In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, 100% of graduates used loans to finance their education. The median debt for program graduates
Federal loans for on-time grads N/A*
Federal loans for not-on time grads $0*
Institution financing plan none
 Private educational loans       none
*Less than 10 completers for 2010-11 and 2011-12
Q: How long will it take me to complete this program?

A: The program is designed to take 9 months to complete.   0% of completers from this program finished in this time in 2010-11 and 100% completed on time in 2011-12. (There were 2 completers in 2010-11 and 4 completers in 2011-12).

Q: What are the chances of getting a job when I graduate?

A: The job placement rate for students who completed the program in 2010-11  and 2011-12 was 0% .

What type of jobs? WV data 

Q: Will I be able to play back my student loans?

A:  91.9 % of students in this institution who took out federal student loans were successfully repaying them (2009 the repayment data was for Pierpont and Fairmont State University combined) In 2010,  81.5% of students in this institution who took out federal student loans were successfully repaying them (Pierpont 2 yr cohort rate 2010)91.9% of students in this institution who took out federal student loans are successfully repaying them.




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