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Three Reasons We're Sharing More Real Estate Education Data

At CCCREEC, we’re making an effort to share more data about real estate programs and the need to effectively assess enrollment rates, retention, and success measures for various types of students enrolled in real estate education in the California Community Colleges. Knowing your program and your students will help you build the right type of program and real estate classes for your community.

Why are we emphasizing data and how can it help? Here are three reasons why real estate program data is important:

  1. Data tells a story. Data is the evidence that helps you shape the story of your real estate program, recognize successes and challenges, and help you examine what’s really going on with your real estate program. Data will help you share the true story of your real estate program with prospective students, college administrators and deans, and your colleagues. How do you help change lives and improve career options for your students? Data will give you the story.

  2. Data helps you make evidence-based decisions. Without data, decision making is often based on assumptions or anecdotes. Want to make sure your program decisions will be effective in the long run? Use data effectively to help you advocate for your program, update your curriculum, collaborate effectively, and assess your efforts to innovate and develop your real estate program.

  3. Data guides program improvements. We know you want your California Community College program to be the best it can be - to support equitable student success, help your students find great careers that connect them more deeply with their communities and build meaningful lives, and find satisfaction in your own work to make a difference for students. Data helps you identify the right path forward in improving and growing your real estate program.

Are you ready for a more personalized data collection and analysis for your college? Want to dig deeper into enrollment trends, student success, and how you can teach your students more effectively? Contact us!

We’re here to help you turn data into meaningful, evidence-based stories that guide your student and program success.

Regional Enrollment Trends in Real Estate Education

These charts illustrate enrollment trends at some of the California community colleges with the largest real estate programs in recent years.

Want more information about enrollment trends at your college? Contact us!

Enrollment Trends in Real Estate Classes - Northern California Region

Data from California Community College Chancellor's Office Data Mart: https://datamart.cccco.edu

Enrollment Trends in Real Estate Classes - Southern California Region

Data from California Community College Chancellor's Office Data Mart: https://datamart.cccco.edu
Spring 2019 Enrollment & Success Data

Spring 2019 California Community Colleges real estate student enrollment, retention, & success data for the top 16 schools. Data from Data Mart: https://datamart.cccco.edu

Enrollment count is number of enrollments with grade of A,B,C,D,F,P,NP,I*,IPP,INP,FW,W,DR - Retention count is number of enrollments with grade of A,B,C,D,F,P,NP,I*,IPP,INP,FW - Success count is number of enrollments with grade of A,B,C,P,IA,IB,IC,IPP

Enrollment count is number of enrollments with grade of A,B,C,D,F,P,NP,I*,IPP,INP,FW,W,DR - Retention count is number of enrollments with grade of A,B,C,D,F,P,NP,I*,IPP,INP,FW - Success count is number of enrollments with grade of A,B,C,P,IA,IB,IC,IPP

Enrollment count is number of enrollments with grade of A,B,C,D,F,P,NP,I*,IPP,INP,FW,W,DR - Retention count is number of enrollments with grade of A,B,C,D,F,P,NP,I*,IPP,INP,FW - Success count is number of enrollments with grade of A,B,C,P,IA,IB,IC,IPP

Enrollment count is number of enrollments with grade of A,B,C,D,F,P,NP,I*,IPP,INP,FW,W,DR - Retention count is number of enrollments with grade of A,B,C,D,F,P,NP,I*,IPP,INP,FW - Success count is number of enrollments with grade of A,B,C,P,IA,IB,IC,IPP
Real Estate Student Scholarships for 2019-2020 are available

The 2019-2020 Application and Eligibility Requirements for the Foundation for California Community Colleges Real Estate Endowment Scholarship are now available.

We are delighted to announce that the individual scholarship awards for real estate have been increased to $600 per semester/ up to $1200 per year for qualified students.

Click here to find out more about helping your students access scholarship funds.

Supporting students seeking real estate scholarship funds can help you promote your program to interested students and encourage equitable student success for students who face financial barriers to completing real estate certificates, degrees, and career preparation.

Students are given the funds directly, similar to other financial aid programs and scholarships, and can use the award for any expenses related to success in their real estate education: student fees, tuition, textbooks, transportation costs, childcare expenses, real estate license exam prep materials, real estate license examination fees, etc.

We make it easy for you to support your students in completing the real estate scholarship application, and even provide a Letter of Recommendation Template for you to use.

The real estate endowment scholarship funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the yearly available funds are awarded, so make sure your students know how to check their eligibility, enroll in the courses that would make them eligible, and complete the application with your college’s Financial Aid office.

We encourage all real estate faculty to take time to assist your through the application process, but you can also refer students directly to CCCREEC.

If you want unique postcards or marketing materials to help promote your real estate program and scholarships, we can help! Contact us for more information.

Student Success in Delayed Interaction Education vs Non-Distance Education

Based on student success data from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, a gap remains in the student success rates for students who enroll in delayed interaction (internet based) classes when compared to non-distance education methods. Students who enroll in non-distance education are more likely to successfully complete and pass the class.

Student Success in Non Distance & Delayed Interaction Real Estate Classes

Data from California Community College Chancellor's Office Data Mart: https://datamart.cccco.edu

Ready to learn more about improving student success rates for students who enroll in online and hybrid delayed interactions classes? Register to attend our fall 2019 Real Estate Education Center conference in Newport Beach and stay for the post-conference workshop on Canvas!

Student Demographic Data - Spring 2018 - Winter 2019

Who takes real estate classes at the California Community Colleges?

Here’s what we know:

California Community Colleges real estate students for Spring 2018-Winter 2019 are 53% Female, 46% Male, and 1% Other/unknown

California Community Colleges real estate students for Spring 2018-Winter 2019 are 53% Female, 46% Male, and 1% Other/unknown

California Community Colleges real estate students for Spring 2018-Winter 2019 are 35% Hispanic, 30% White Non-Hispanic, 14% Asian, 13% African-American, 5% Multi-ethnic, 2% Other/unknown, and less than 1% Pacific Islander, American Indian & Alaskan Native

California Community Colleges real estate students for Spring 2018-Winter 2019 are 35% Hispanic, 30% White Non-Hispanic, 14% Asian, 13% African-American, 5% Multi-ethnic, 2% Other/unknown, and less than 1% Pacific Islander, American Indian & Alaskan Native

California Community Colleges real estate students for Spring 2018-Winter 2019 are 30% Under 24, 43% 25-39, 14% 40-49, and 13% 50+

California Community Colleges real estate students for Spring 2018-Winter 2019 are 30% Under 24, 43% 25-39, 14% 40-49, and 13% 50+

Announcing the 2019 Advancing Real Estate Education Award
Photo of Gjenaii Z. Enciso Givhan

Photo of Gjenaii Z. Enciso Givhan

We are delighted to present the 2019 Advancing Real Estate Education award to Gjenaii Z. Enciso Givhan, of Los Angeles Valley College. Professor Enciso Givhan has been teaching for 15 years and is a full-time, tenure track Business and Real Estate professor at Los Angeles Valley College.

Professor Enciso Givhan holds a Masters in Business Administration with a specialization in organization leadership from Mount St. Mary’s University and a California Real Estate Broker License.

Professor Enciso Givhan’s efforts to promote student success in the classroom and community include revising the real estate program at LAVC and the addition of a real estate certificate of achievement, starting a real estate student career mentoring program, advising a real estate club with monthly professional guest speakers, and helping students build thriving careers in all areas of real estate practice.

The California Community Colleges Real Estate Education Center promotes excellence in real estate education by recognizing exceptional real estate faculty in the California community colleges. The center works with instructors to ensure quality instruction, actively encourages enrollment, and supports students seeking vocational real estate and appraisal education. Our goal is to help instructors prepare students for fulfilling careers in the global real estate industry through exceptional instructional practices, effective educational technology, and increasing support for diverse students. We support students by promoting real estate education programs and classes at California Community Colleges and sharing information about student scholarships.

Congratulations to Professor Enciso Givhan and thank you to the outstanding group of nominees for the 2019 award process. You can read more about the award here.

Emily Maynard
Spring 2019 Conference

The 2019 northern California CCCREEC conference was held on Friday, April 26th in Lafayette. There were 35 attendees, including California community college real estate faculty, other real estate faculty, and professional partners.The conference was was sponsored by 5 businesses and organizations that support real estate education in the California Community colleges, including the California Department of Real Estate, California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers, Educational Textbook Company, Rockwell Publishing, and Real Estate Trainers.

Other morning session conference speakers included Shelly Wilson, Department of Real Estate Licensing Services Manager, who provided a DRE licensing and renewal update. Shelly introduced Eileen Brewster, who will be attending future conferences on behalf of the Department of Real Estate. AJ Jaguregui, Ph.D., and Jacqui Curry, J.D., real estate professors at California State University Fresno presented an analysis of Department of Real Estate data, An Exploratory Analysis of the Determinants of Real Estate License Examinees. Data analysis is a key part of effective decision making for real estate programs, and CCCREEC supports research analysis to build responsive, resilient real estate education programs.

John “JR” Richards, J.D., of Richards Law presented on the current legal issues that impact real estate transactions, and the importance of giving students the latest information on real estate law, particularly in the area of disclosures. After a short break, Jon Haveman, Executive Director of the National Economic Education Delegations (NEED), which focused on increasing public awareness of the economic impact of social and government policy, presented an economic report. The report included information on the national and California economies, and focused on real estate specific information.

In the afternoon, Jim Martin, Bureau Chief of the California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers, spoke briefly about the state of the appraisal industry in California and the future of the profession. The day concluded the conference focus on The Future of Real Estate Education with a presentation by Rebecca Ruan-O’Shaughnessy, of JFF, led a presentation and discussion on the future of work and developing a future-focused real estate program.

If you missed the conference or want more information from our presenters, you can review all of the presentation slides on the spring 2019 conference event page

Save the date! Our next event will be our southern California conference Friday, October 4, 2019, at the Marina Park Community Center in Newport Beach. If you have a great idea for a presentation or want your company or organization to sponsor the conference, please email: hello@cccreec.org

Update Your Program Webpage

Enrollment Action Item: Check your web page. Is your name, email, and phone number accessible to current and prospective students?

Does it really matter if you have your contact information on your website? Don’t today’s students just want to sign up for classes on a phone and take online classes at their convenience? Isn’t the point of the college’s website to answer their questions if they just took the time to look it up?

According to Harvard Business Review online, person-to-person contact still matters!

A consumer may prefer to make plans with friends over text message, or to order a pizza online, but when faced with a complex purchase, these preferences often change. When making a significant decision, like applying for a first-time mortgage or exploring a potential bathroom remodel, most consumers want to talk to a qualified human expert. According to a study by Google, 61% of mobile users call a business when they’re in the purchase phase of the buying cycle. The majority of respondents would call instead of reach out online because they’re looking to get a quick answer (59%) or talk to a real person (57%). especially in a complex process like choosing a career education program, applying to the college, clearing prerequisites, and registering for classes. [link to article]

You know the significant investment you make in your classes. You want students to learn the information and practice the skills that will help them be successful in real estate careers. Your students are about to make a significant investment in their future by taking real estate courses at a California Community College. They want to make sure this is a good investment, and you can help your future students succeed!

Applying to college, clearing prerequisites, choosing the right classes, and registering is a complex process, but you can help! You know your college’s processes, you know the names and extensions of the people they should talk to in order to solve registration problems, and you can answer questions and provide the personal connection that contributes to student success. Often students are just looking for a human to hear their concerns, answer questions, or point them to the next person who can help.

Want to increase enrollment in your real estate classes? Be accessible. Make sure your contact information is on your college’s real estate web page. Return phone calls and emails promptly. If a student or potential student has a problem you can’t solve, try to pass students to the next person who can help them, not just another web page. These person-to-person interactions are more likely to lead to student enrolling in your classes. [hrb online, 2017]

Ready to take action? Enrollment Action Item: Check your web page. Is your name, email, and phone number accessible to current and prospective students?

If you don’t want to publish your email address, make sure to embed or link to a contact form that will send you an email.

If you teach remotely or don’t have a dedicated phone number for your real estate program, consider setting up an app based text/phone service like Whats App or Google Voice to protect your private phone number. [Need help with this? Contact CCCREEC]

Fall 2018 Conference

The 2018 southern California CCCREEC conference was held on Friday, September 28, in Redondo Beach. We had more than 55 attendees, including 36 CCC real estate faculty and administrators. The conference was was sponsored by 7 businesses and organizations that support real estate education in the California Community colleges, including the California Department of Real Estate, Dearborn Publishing, Educational Textbook Company, Diamond Resorts, New Western Acquisitions, Rockwell Publishing, and Real Estate Trainers.

Other morning session conference speakers included Shelly Wilson, Department of Real Estate Licensing Services Manager, who provided a DRE licensing and renewal update, and Lori Sanchez, of the CCC Center of Excellence, who showed faculty how to access and use regional labor market information to make program decisions and promote real estate careers and workforce training. Emily Quinlan, J.D., a law professor at Saddleback College and AVID instructor shared a thorough presentation on increasing student success and engagement in online and traditional classrooms.

In the afternoon, Martin Welc and Brock Schermerhorn, CCCREEC program co-advisers, introduced the new collaborative online version of an instructor guide to share resources and common teaching supports for real estate instructors at the California Community Colleges. Blake Stuart Slater, Esq., of Legal Value Firm, APLC, discussing the latest changes in real estate law. The main program finished with a faculty panel to review “What’s Working in Real Estate Education,” and talk about successes in CCC real estate education. The panel included Lee Steidel, of San Diego Mesa College, Rick Boone, MBA, Ed.D., of Irvine Valley College, Edwin Estes, Jr., Esq., of Mt. San Antonio College, and Leonel Bello, MBA, of City College of San Francisco.

After the conclusion of the main conference, 15 attendees attended a smaller, specialized workshop focused on CCC funding for real estate classes. Cathleen Greiner, Director of Small Business Initiatives at Rancho Santiago Community College District presented on state-wide initiatives with Doing What Matters and mini-grants available to faculty. Rick Boone, MBA, Ed.D., of Irvine Valley College, shared a presentation on helping students succeed in achieving certificates.

If you missed the conference or want more information from our presenters, you can review all of the presentation slides on the event page

Save the date! Our next event will be our northern California conference Friday, April 26, 2019, at the Lafayette Park Hotel in Lafayette. Register today! If you have a great idea for a presentation or want your company or organization to sponsor the conference, please email: hello@cccreec.org

Spring 2018 Conference

The CCCREEC conference was held on Friday, April 27, 2018 in Sacramento. We had more than 50 attendees, seven sponsors, and six presenters, including Real Estate Commissioner Wayne Bell and Appraisers Bureau Chief James Martin. 

Other morning session conference speakers included Shelly Wilson, CalBRE Licensing Services Manager, who provided a CalBRE licensing update, and Dr. Robert Eyler, of Economic Forensics & Analytics, who presented an economic report, Real Estate Commissioner Wayne Bell, who discussed the future of real estate education in California, and BREA Bureau Chief James Martin, who discussed appraisal careers and education. In our afternoon sessions, Dr. Lisa Aguilera Lawrenson, Vice President of Instruction at American River College, shared information about inclusive teaching strategies, and Dr. Jeff Mrizek, Dean of Effective Practices in the Workforce and Economic Development Division of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, who presented on digital badges as a workforce development component of real estate classes. Our post-conference workshop focused on helping faculty develop Canvas tools for effective teaching.

Leo Bello, instructor at City College of San Francisco, was presented with the 2018 Advancing Real Estate Education Award, in recognition of his contributions to real estate education in the California Community Colleges. The award committee also recognized outstanding nominees Mary Ellen Brady (Cerritos College) and Rick Payne (Long Beach City College).

If you missed the conference or want more information from our presenters, you can review all of the presentation slides on our website

Save the date! Our next event will be Friday, September 28, 2018, at the Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach. Registration will be open on July 1. If you have a great idea for a presentation or want to sponsor the conference, please email: hello@cccreec.org

Why study real estate at the California Community Colleges?

Did you know you may be able to take the required courses for the California Real Estate Salesperson license in person or online at your local California Community College? You can also find classes for appraisal, property management, and more real estate related jobs!

Click here to find your real estate classes!

Video promoting real estate education is produced by the California Community Colleges Salary Surfer. Captioning is available on the video player, and transcription is available by opening the video in a separate browser window. 

Teach Real Estate At City College of San Francisco

City College of San Francisco has announced an opening for a real estate instructor in the business department. Applications should be submitted through CCSF. 

You can find more information about the real estate teaching position at City College of San Francisco through their jobs site, or go directly to the real estate teaching position posting at this link

Emily Maynard
Nominations are open for the Advancing Real Estate Education Award

Do you know someone who has made achievements in advancing real estate education in the California Community Colleges?

Nominate an instructor for the Advancing Real Estate Education Award!

Nominees must be currently teaching real estate in the California Community Colleges, or have taught real estate classes in the California Community Colleges at least 1 semester in 2017. Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, January 31, 2017 at 11pm.

Nominations must come from a current or former real estate instructor, program administrator, or dean. Self-nominations are accepted. All nominations that meet these requirement will be considered. The review board will consist of the CCCREEC project manager and co-directors, who are not eligible for the award.

The award will be presented at the CCCREEC Conference on Friday, April 27, 2018. The winner is encouraged to attend, but not required to attend the conference in order to be awarded.

Thinking Differently About Real Estate Education

The Fall 2017 California Community Colleges Real Estate Education Center on Friday, October 13, 2017. The event was held at the Marina Park Community Center in Newport Beach, California, and featured seven vendors, nine presentations, and sixty attendees.

The theme of the event was "Thinking Differently About Real Estate Education." The next event will be Friday, April 27, 2018 in Sacramento.

Registration is Open for the Fall 2017 Conference!

The Fall 2017 CCCREEC Conference will be at the beautiful Marina Park Community & Sailing Center, overlooking the Newport Beach harbor, on Friday, October 13, 2017. Registration is now open!

Please note that there is no "early bird" registration discount this year, but there is a discounted rate for group registrations and free parking passes for the first 25 registrations!

Registration will open at 8:00am and the program will run between 8:45am-4:45pm.

Find out more information and register today!

Welcome New CCCREEC Project Manager!

On May 15th, CCCREEC welcomed Emily Maynard as Grant Project Manager for the center. Emily previously worked at Saddleback College in the Student Development Office, and has 5 years of higher education experience in event planning, communications, and student services. She worked as a campus Operations Manager at a private university in Oregon, and in an administrative role at a multi-state commercial property management and construction company. Emily holds a Bachelor in Arts in English and is in process of completing a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology.

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