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Department Chair: Professor Ronda Drakeford
Department Secretary: Dolores Piro
Room: A-306
Phone: (201) 879-5003
Hotel Restaurant Management Academic Advisor: John Bandman

Our Mission

Located in close proximity to New York City, the business program at Bergen Community College is a rigorous yet rewarding program designed to turn prospective business students into working professionals. With majors in economics, accounting, management, marketing, finance and hospitality, Bergen Community College is one of the most accredited community colleges in the nation. Our dedicated faculty with years of research and industry experience will guide you into becoming a future business leader. Whether you are looking to jumpstart your career or transfer into a four-year institution, your business career starts here at Bergen Community College!

The Event Planning and Management Certificate program provides a comprehensive foundation for a career in event planning and catering. The program begins with an introduction to various facets of the event industry where students identify the key areas that base different types of events and venues. After learning classroom theory, students then apply their knowledge by planning, preparing, budgeting, executing, and following up from real-life events in student-run restaurant and meeting room settings. Students who wish to advance to a two-year degree can transfer all 30 credits into the 60-credit Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree at Bergen Community College.

Career Paths

The certificate in event planning is designed to provide students with the coursework and training needed to enter into the field as an event planner. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a pathway to careers in event planning and management. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Bergen Community College faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options.

Transfer Opportunities

Students pursuing the certificate in event planning may consider transfer opportunities into other business majors. Students are encouraged to work closely with Bergen Community College faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer https://njtransfer.org.