September 21, 2006
Course for Event Planners Set in Fargo
A festivals and events management course will be offered at North Dakota State University beginning in November.
It is a comprehensive, 36-hour program designed to provide event planners with the essential knowledge and organizational tools to run special community events successfully. Its content is divided into three classes.
The first session is scheduled for Nov. 15-17. The second and third sessions will be Nov. 29-Dec. 1. All three will be at the NDSU Alumni Center, 1241 N. University Drive, Fargo.
The course will include discussions on job descriptions and responsibilities, leadership skills, volunteer management techniques, event action plans, basic event budgets, financial checklists, risk management, food safety, site logistics, communication and marketing strategies, and sponsorship development. The third session will focus on the economic impact of festivals and events on the local economy.
Participants who complete all coursework, submit a written event analysis, prepare a staff development plan and complete a program evaluation will be awarded certificates.
This normally is a $700 course. However, funding from the Northwest Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnership and North Dakota Festival and Events Association has lowered the cost to $399 per person.
The University of Minnesota Tourism Center created the curriculum. The NDSU Extension Service’s Center for Community Vitality and the Cass County office of the NDSU Extension Service are sponsoring the course.
Anyone who wants to attend should register as soon as possible because space is limited. For more information, call the NDSU Extension Service's Cass County office at (701) 241-5700 or e-mail Rita Ussatis at email@example.com.