How this local organization empowers underrepresented students in the real estate industry


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CORE has experienced substantial growth in its first year. (ACRE)

The Alabama Center for Real Estate’s CORE initiative is making big moves across the real estate industry—from impressive grads to current students. Read on to see what the initiative has accomplished in its first year and how it is empowering those of underrepresented groups to make the industry more accessible.

Filling a gap in the industry

Students like Zaria Lee are getting a head start on their careers in real estate. (Tira Davis / Bham Now)

One year ago, The University of Alabama’s Alabama Center for Real Estate launched an initiative with a simple mission—to provide accessible opportunities and education to underrepresented groups in real estate all in an effort to diversify the industry.

The CORE program, Career Opportunities in Real Estate, fills a significant gap in the industry through an online scholarship driven program that features:

  • Self-paced commercial real estate career content
  • Professional development resources
  • Soft skills training
  • Access to life coaching
  • And more

To learn more about the CORE program and how you can support them, visit the CORE Ready website.

Applications are now open

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CORE students and real estate officials enjoying a Lunch and Learn. (ACRE)

Looking to join a game-changing program? CORE is it! The program is your perfect fit if you’re interested in learning about the real estate industry or just beginning your career

Bonus: The free program prepares students for entry level real estate jobs and provides them with knowledge of the industry that will position them for future positions.

“We are laser-focused on growing this industry-wide, game-changing workforce development initiative to bring awareness and job opportunities to the next generation of real estate professionals.”

Grayson M. Glaze, Executive Director, Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE), The University of Alabama

The three CORE cohorts in 2023 will start on Feb. 20th, June 12th, and Sept. 25th. Applications for each cohort are open for submission.

One year of standout results

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Get to know CORE. (ACRE)

During the program’s first year, it experienced incredible nationwide growth, receiving 1,138 applicants from 40 states and 307 different schools, including many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUs).

The organization has already made a huge impact on students, too.

“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, CORE Graduate

One of the amazing things about the CORE initiative is that organizations from all over the state have jumped at the opportunity to make it possible.

To name a few, The CCIM Institute, SIOR Foundation and Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) recently joined as foundation partners representing the highest level of CORE support (equivalent to fifty or more sponsored scholarships).

“CCIM Institute embraces and promotes diversity through our education, awareness and business practices and we are excited to work with the CORE initiative as a foundation partner. The Institute shares ACRE’s commitment to DEI—empowering and providing an opportunity to students who want to pursue a rewarding career in the commercial real estate industry.”

Leslie Callahan III, CCIM, 2022 CCIM Institute Global President

To learn more about CORE and apply to the program or support its mission, visit their website.

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