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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:

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.