Zaria Lee jump started her future real estate career——here’s how you can too


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CORE student Zaria Lee. (Tira Davis / Bham Now)

Because of CORE (Career Opportunities in Real Estate), so many young students like Zaria Lee have found new opportunities in the real estate industry to kickstart their careers. Keep reading to hear from Zaria about the no-cost program and find out how you can be a future real estate pro too.

Here’s what CORE has accomplished this year

CORE Students and Graduates Zaria Lee jump started her future real estate career——here's how you can too
CORE Graduates with the program administrators. (Camille Womack / Bham Now)

CORE is an incredible game-changing program for anyone interested in learning about all things real estate—and it is the perfect opportunity for young students to start their career.

In the past year, CORE has made a huge impact on so many students. Here’s a look at what the program has accomplished:

  • 39 states reached
  • students from 262 schools
  • 223 credentials earned
  • 82% completion rate
  • 92% of students more interested in a real estate career after CORE

Over 200 new students in the fall cohort

CORE’s fall 2022 cohort. (CORE)

Just this week, the CORE team welcomed 200 new participants into the program and introduced them to the wide world of real estate. The fall cohort is full of students from different backgrounds and experiences:

  • Gender:
    • Female – 140
    • Male – 60
  • Ethnic Background:
    • African American – 128
    • American Indian – 3
    • Asian – 11
    • Hispanic/Latino – 30
    • Native Hawaiian – 4
    • Other – 24
  • 28 states
  • 75 schools

The program brings endless opportunity to these students to chase after their dreams and build a career in real estate.

“Real estate has a variety of sectors that create more opportunities than many people will ever know what to do with and offers faster career promotion, and progression. Real estate interests me because it will forever remain a great investment, can provide financial freedom, and is mainly run independently. CORE gives me opportunity to pursue that.”

Zaria Lee, CORE Student

YOU can kick start your real estate career too

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There’s still time to join CORE’s cohort this fall. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

With CORE, you can gain the industry knowledge and job-ready skills you need to launch your career in real estate—all for free and on your own time.

“I have always had a passion for real estate, so once my professor mentioned the program and that I would have a chance to gain a better understanding, a mentor, an opportunity to start my real estate career and much more, I was in! The course outline was straight to the point; I worked at my own pace while still taking classes at my university, so it was almost a no brainer for me.”

Zaria Lee, CORE Student

CORE could be the start of your new career—applications for the next cohort are now open!

Diversifying the real estate industry

Dream team. (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

The CORE program is designed to bring more people from underrepresented groups into the real estate field.

“The CORE initiative provides underrepresented groups a platform to gain knowledge about the real estate industry. It advocates for the change of more diversity while enhancing the looks of the industry. I love this initiative because it provides opportunities and knowledge that has not always been readily available for us.”

Zaria Lee

Apply to be a part of the next CORE cohort today—your future is waiting!

CORE connects you with mentors to advance your career

For Zaria, she’s found more than just a course within the program, but a community to support her journey as a young professional as well.

“CORE has placed me in contact with mentors that have been a tremendous help to the advancement of my career. To maintain quality progression, it has to continue with the generation that follows, and the CORE coordinators and mentors went above and beyond to show me the way, provide any advice they could give, and help me with career opportunities and development.”

Zaria Lee, CORE Student

Are you ready to expand your knowledge base and kick start your real estate career? Applications for the next CORE cohort are now open.

Make an impact—Invest in the future of the real estate industry by supporting CORE scholarships today.

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