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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: