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Event and wedding planning focus of course at AVC

People interested in event or wedding planning can gain hands-on experience and certification through a course offered through Antelope Valley College Corporate and Community Services beginning April 11.

“How to Start a Wedding Planning Business” is being offered in conjunction with The Wedding Planning Institute, a nationally recognized training program for the wedding industry.

The comprehensive program will cover all aspects that a wedding planner would need to know to get started in the business. Students will get hands-on experience at weddings, meet with local vendors and participate in class trips to tour venues and facilities.

Classes will meet 1-5 p.m. on 10 consecutive Sundays, April 11-June 13 in BE 246 at the Lancaster campus, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster.

"Gaining certification is essential if you plan on seeking a career in the wedding- and event-planning industry,” said instructor Wendy Wuitschick. “It means that you are truly dedicated to the industry by seeking valuable education, and it shows your clients that they can trust you to handle the details of the most important day of their lives."

The fee for the program covers a textbook, six months of access to an online library, membership in the American Society of Wedding Planners, national certification from the Wedding Planning Institute, paid and non-paid apprenticeships, and job placement assistance. The cost is $975.

The Wedding Planning Institute is a division of Lovegevity Inc., a national event-planning agency. Founded in Omaha, Neb., in 1997 by Cho Phillips, Lovegevity has helped thousands of couples each year plan their weddings through Lovegevity’s national network of professional Certified Wedding Planners in an estimated 600 markets.

The company’s mission is to provide busy couples with the best resources and tools to plan their weddings and strengthen their marriages through relationship education, according to Wuitschick.

As an established leader in the wedding industry, Lovegevity is also helping improve the success of wedding and event planners through education, certification and professional opportunities for those looking for a full-time career in the wedding-planning industry, she said.

To enroll or for more information, contact the Corporate and Community Services Office at (661) 722-6300, ext. 6584 or community_services@avc.edu. Upon request three days before the event, reasonable accommodation will be provided to facilitate the participation of covered individuals with disabilities. Call (661) 722-6360 (voice/relay).