Graduates from the Organizational Leadership program at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa, will be certified in event planning thanks to a new partnership with Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the largest meeting and event industry association in the world, headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

“Faith Baptist reached out to us with a need for a meaningful, student-centered curriculum for their business program that works to teach students the fundamentals of meetings and events,” said Nancy Snowden, Curriculum and Instructional Design Manager with MPI. “Meetings 101 is a new curriculum from the MPI Academy that will meet that need and help apply the principles of meeting and event planning, design, strategy and management as a larger business tool that is applicable across multiple business and non-profit sectors, and also emphasizes the need for future-ready skills.”

Jared Baldwin, chair of the Organizational Leadership program, says the certification will be a requirement of every student who is majoring in Organizational Leadership. Baldwin’s long-term goal for the program is that students graduate with a number of certifications, making them better prepared for their post-graduate careers and ministry.

“Events are a huge part of both career and ministry,” said Baldwin. “Whether it’s preparing for a summer VBS program, a school or church fundraiser, or a large-scale corporate event, I want every student that goes through the Organizational Leadership program to be certified and confident to manage a well-run, well-organized event.”

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