Perspective from an industry icon

Degree opens door to events article from Goldblatt-001Professor Joe Goldblatt has been around the industry longer than me. Yes, I know that’s a bit difficult to comprehend. He taught at George Washington University and relocated a few years ago to Scotland where he now teaches at Queen Margaret University and serves as executive director of the International Centre for the Study of Planned Events. My students may recognize his name as the author of at least one of our textbooks. Goldblatt truly is an industry icon. So I was thrilled when his office forwarded me a reprint of his recent article: Degree opens doors to events.

U.S. employers increasingly echo Goldblatt’s statements. The conference and event industry has become so competitive that employers are mitigating hazards in our high-cost and high-risk business by demanding individuals with a targeted education. Students in DCTC’s Meeting and Event Management degree program who are already experienced in the field are finding a two-year degree that specializes in conference and events to be their doorway to a successful future. And, thanks to the loyal industry experts we partner with, students who have been managing events for years are always surprised at what they didn’t know. Things change when you aren’t looking. It seems that’s especially true of conferences and events.

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