Friday, 25 April 2014 15:57

SUNY Oswego Metro Center Offers Event-Planning Courses

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     Employees tasked with planning the annual holiday party, volunteers or board members for nonprofit organizations helping with an annual event, small-business owners working on a project or parents planning a graduation party can attend SUNY Oswego's Event Planning Program to learn about becoming more effective and efficient event planners.

     The two-course program, offered at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center, 2 Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse, consists of two separate courses. The first course is 6 to 9 p.m. May 7 and 14; the second is 6 to 9 p.m. May 21 and 28.

     Students who successfully complete both courses will earn a Certificate of Completion and one continuing education credit (CEU).

     The program will provide key strategies for managing event logistics, critical planning techniques for negotiating contracts, tactics for dealing with sponsors and overall insight into the intricacies of event management.

     "This is a fun, interactive program that provides participants with valuable information," instructor Bill Motto said. "A lot of people know a little bit about event planning; this program takes them a step further and lets them plan events that impress. Often times it's the small things that make big impacts. It's just the edge that a lot of people are looking for."

     Participants may take one course for $199 or both for $349. Additional discounts are available for SUNY Oswego alumni, faculty, staff and current students. CSEA vouchers are accepted.

     Course 1 provides an overview of event planning and presents critical planning, logistics, hospitality, negotiations and contracts. Course 2 focuses on risk management, marketing, financing, merchandising, economic impact and charitable events.

     To register, or for more information, visit or call the SUNY Oswego Metro Center at 315-399-4100.

     Offering professional development programs for area professionals as well as graduate coursework in areas such as business, mental health and education, the SUNY Oswego Metro Center delivers the academic excellence of SUNY Oswego in downtown Syracuse.

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