Southwestern College

Program Overview


Hospitality and tourism is a dynamic and growing industry in San Diego County. The industry has many facets, one of which is the area of event and convention planning. Individuals who work in this field coordinate events, both small and large, and are in charge of bringing together the detailed aspects of the event such as food or catering, event theme, travel, and entertainment in coordination with the hotels, convention centers, or other special locations. 

The hospitality industry offers individuals great potential for growth and excellent wages. People may enter the field with basic education and training skills such as those provided by the School of Business, Professional & Technical Education in our basic and advanced certificate programs.

In addition to these career training programs, a transfer program, Hospitality and Tourism Management, has been developed for persons who desire to transfer to a four-year institution. Transfer students can work toward a bachelor's degree in hospitality and tourism, which is often required for top- level or high executive positions.

Degrees & Certificates


Certificate of Achievement

  • Event and Convention Planning - Advanced

Certificate of Proficiency

  • Event and Convention Planning - Basic

Career Options


In addition to employment as event and convention planners, students will be provided with a foundation that will allow them to prepare for careers ranging from entry-level assistants to experienced event planners and managers for major hotels or organizations. Related job titles include meeting planner, wedding planner/coordinator, event marketer, corporate project manager, convention center director, and director of hospitality.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

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Last updated: 6/28/2017 11:26:28 AM