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CCCREEC Podcast - Sovereign Lending Group

Connecting students with great jobs is one of the highlights of being a real estate instructor. Students who receive their real estate education at the California Community Colleges are set up for career success through affordable classes (including scholarships and financial aid!), high quality academic instruction, and a variety of programs whether you want online or in-person classes, a certificate or degree in real estate, or just need the 3 classes required for the California Real Estate Sales Exam.

In this CCCREEC podcast, you’ll hear a conversation with Saddleback College real estate faculty Martin Welc and Brock Schermerhorn, and three team members from Sovereign Lending Group, Inc. of Costa Mesa, CA, about careers in real estate lending.

The conversation includes Steven Barone, Loan Agent Supervisor, who has 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry, Diamond Dugan, Mortgage Loan Originator, who joined Sovereign Lending Group 1.5 years ago, and Mike Nguyen, Director of Sales Operations, who has 20 years of management and sales experience. Sovereign Lending Group offers to pay new employees to take the qualifying classes to become a lender, in an “earn while you learn” model. You can contact Sovereign Lending Group by email at, phone at: 800-817-0201, or visit

Outcomes: From listening to this podcast, California Community Colleges real estate faculty and students will learn more about the lending industry, specifically from a lender specializing in financing for veterans.

You’ll want to listen if you are a full-time or part-time professor in real estate, and you are welcome to share it with your students, too!

For more information about real estate careers for successful students, real estate faculty professional development, or our upcoming Newport Beach conference, email CCCREEC at:

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: