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Contact: Carolyn Clark
As part of their commitment to the hybrid and digital event discipline and their VEI partnership, Meetings + Conventions Calgary is continuing to fund new scholarship opportunities for professionals seeking to obtain their DES certification.
CHICAGO, IL, February 22,2016 PCMA's Virtual Edge Institute [VEI] and Meetings + Conventions announced spring scholarship applications are now being accepted for their completely updated Digital Event Strategist [DES] course and certification exam.
The scholarships support meeting professionals seeking to further their education for digital and hybrid events. Meetings + Conventions Calgary is the exclusive sponsor of these scholarships - supporting the application, online course and exam fees, a $1000+ USD value. To learn more about the DES certification program and scholarship application click here.
The DES certification is designed to help individuals and organizations develop a means to effectively plan, produce and measure the results of their digital engagement practices. The DES program is already globally recognized with graduates spanning from the US, Canada, England, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Israel and Singapore.
“Together with Meetings + Conventions Calgary, we are delivering quality educational and the ensuring the advancement of the virtual event discipline,” says Jennifer Kingen Kush, VEI Executive Director. “Over the past 6 months we’ve worked with our Advisory Board to completely update the course curriculum, with the latest strategies and approaches to virtual and digital events; guaranteeing our certification program graduates are fully prepared to execute on events for their organizations. These DES scholarship opportunities will assist those that have current budget constraints, but require this education to advance the future digital events of their organizations.”
“We are pleased to continue to support this incredibly important educational initiative provided by VEI,” said Dave Sclanders, Meetings + Conventions Calgary’s Executive Director. “The DES certification program provides meeting planners with the knowledge to produce online events and teaches them how to utilize these events to extend the reach of their organization, both within its own membership or company and throughout their industry worldwide. The data is clearly showing the value of online events and Meetings + Conventions Calgary supports meeting professionals to better understand the techniques needed to navigate this space successfully.”
The spring scholarship application deadline is March 4, with recipients to be notified by March 11. Those awarded with scholarships will be eligible to participate in the DES LIVE online 8-week course starting March 30, taking place online each Wednesdays and Fridays at noon EST.
Find out more about Meetings + Conventions Calgary’s Digital Event Strategist Certification Scholarship and apply online here.
About Virtual Edge Institute®
The Virtual Edge Institute® (VEI) is an international organization dedicated to advancing engagement around events, meetings, learning and marketing programs through technology. VEI supports and contributes to research, education, thought leadership, promotion, and professional networking. VEI also produces the Digital Event Strategist® educational program and accompanying DES Certification designation. For more information, visit virtualedgeinstitute.com. VEI is a wholly owned division of PCMA.
About Meetings + Conventions Calgary
Meetings + Conventions Calgary operates as a sales and marketing organization with a mandate to assist meeting planners, corporate clients and association executives interested in Calgary as a prime location for their meetings, conventions and incentive programs.