Advanced Skill Set Certificate

Feltz, Natalie

Assistant Professor
Program Coordinator of Food Service Management
115 Education Building
Program Purpose: 
The Advanced Skill Set options in Event Coordination or Adventure West Virginia Tourism
Management (under the direction of the Food Service Management Program) are designed to
be their own program of study or earned alongside other program options. Completers have
the opportunity to start their own event planning or consulting business or work within the
travel industry at resorts, hotels, state parks, rental companies, convention and visitors
bureaus, corporations, non-profit organizations, churches, camps, rehabilitation centers, local
cities, etc.
Student Learning Outcomes: 
Upon successful completion of the Advanced Skill Set options in Event Coordination or
Adventure West Virginia Tourism Management, completers will be able to:
  • Identify knowledge and skills to achieve guest satisfaction.
  • Practice professionalism and ethics in simulation settings.
  • Identify leadership and teamwork practices necessary to meet common goals.
  • Identify basic and supervisory functions in the hospitality industry.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Identify technology applications current in the field of practice.
  • Demonstrate introductory knowledge of cultural competence practices necessary for guest
  • satisfaction.
  • Identify best practices to further sustainability in the industry.
Advanced Skill Set completers may fill the following positions in the Hospitality & Tourism
Industry: Catering Director, Conference Planner/Manager, Conference Services Director,
Convention Services Director, Event Coordinator, Special Events Coordinator, Wedding Planner,
Outdoor Recreation Manager, Tour Guide, Small Business Owner.
Notice to Students: 
The A.A.S. Food Service Management, Hospitality & Tourism Management specialization
includes all but one of the required Event Coordination classes; EVMG 1103 Wedding Planning. Consult the advisor for more information about the associate degree option, in combination with either of the Advanced Skill Set options.

This program alone does not qualify for financial aid.  Students seeking financial aid eligible degrees may incorporate the classes as electives when their schedule allows or may declare an Associate or Certificate of Applied Science degree major of study in which the courses are embedded. 


Program Total Credit Hours: 
18 CHs

ENTR 1109

Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management

EVMG 1101

Events Coordination

EVMG 1103

Wedding Planning

EVMG 2230

Hospitality/Event Marketing

EVMG 2240

Cultural Awareness & Customer Service

EVMG 2250

Corporate Events Planning

For the WV Tourism Management Focus, you would replace EVMG 1103 with EVMG 2200.