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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

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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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