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What our students are saying...

“I attended CSUSM and as valuable as an education could be obtained from there I sought more passion for something in my life after graduation.  Having the opportunity to work in the Faculty Center with Sonia Perez with events with Ellen and Liz, encouraged me to see opportunity to grow and have a hand in the logistics of even the most intimate of events.  The certificate program was nothing like I had anticipated.  From the first to the very last session, it never lacked luster.  I was excited each and every class.  There was no pressure.  Everyone in the small cohort was on the same page, whether they were already in the industry or not.  The choice of instructors was probably the best part next to the course selection.  I would even consider taking other courses, if offered, for personal development and of course, fun!  The month of the completion of the course, stars aligned and I got offered a new job with the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction.  Event planning with travel!   I feel so blessed to have the opportunity and cannot even stress the importance of the certificate course that relates to my position.  I have used so much of what I learned and even share things with my superior that I learned in the course. I keep in touch with my classmates and even contact instructors for advice now. I encourage anyone with even the slightest interest in this field, to take the course and get inspired.”

- Richelle Lopez, Event Planner, International Congress for Joint Reconstruction (June, 2014, San Marcos program participant)

"The program opened the door to various networking opportunities; a truly invaluable experience!  While enrolled in the program, my employer promoted me to Events Assistant.  The instructors are all working professionals with great knowledge pertaining to the Events industry.  I highly recommend the program!"

- Liliana Villanueva, Events Assistant, Stone Brewing Co., (December, 2012 San Marcos program participant)


"The Meeting & Event Planning program is packed with practical, current information - the ideal launchpad for a new career in this thriving industry.  The instructors are real professional insiders who go the extra mile to help you succeed!"

- Lisa Christiano Rose  (June, 2011 Temecula program participant)

“I have been working in the industry for 2 years—launching my business in 2005. My practical experience is invaluable and even with real world experience, I learn something important in every seminar and grow in confidence and skill. The great industry experts and classmates are an incredible resource. I am thrilled at the opportunity to grow and learn!”

–Vembra Holnagel, Owner, Vembra Holnagel & Associates

Wedding Planning for Planners

 “Peggy [Jewell] was a great instructor! She covered so many facets of wedding planning in one day! A highly recommended class for everyone thinking about becoming a wedding planner.”

– Natalie Kaczur

Legal Issues for Meeting & Event Planners

“Sandra [Chong] was a well informed expert on the topic and delivered the material in an effective, fun and interactive matter. I would recommend the course to anyone interested in learning more in the discipline.”

–Lenora Lostaunau, Marketing Professional

Independent Meeting Planner

“I was very unsure about taking this class because I was very scared of opening my own business. With what I learned in this class I now see myself opening my own business with success.”

–Renee Simon