by Alana J. Mauger
This winter, Montgomery County Community College wants to help professionals get their start in real estate sales – a high priority occupation that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is projected to grow by 12 percent through 2020.
“The College has always offered Real Estate 101 and 102 as part of its Business and Entrepreneurial Initiatives (BEI) program,” explained Ayisha Sereni, administrative director of the College’s BEI division and a licensed Pennsylvania real estate broker. “Historically, interested students enroll in these courses as electives within their areas of study.”
However, by offering the two-credit courses in an accelerated, hybrid format, the College hopes to attract a new population of students to its Pennsylvania Real Estate Salesperson Pre-licensing Fast Track Program, which launches Jan. 25.
According to Sereni, the fast track program can be completed in less than one month, with two-thirds of the course work taking place online and one-third in a face-to-face classroom setting. By employing interactive video conference technology, students can complete the eight hours of face-to-face classroom instruction at either the Central Campus in Blue Bell or the West Campus in Pottstown.
“We’re leveraging many of the College’s technology resources to tap into a variety of learning styles – minimizing face-to-face instruction in order to maximize students’ time,” said Sereni.
Students who successfully complete the 30-hour Real Estate Fundamentals (RES 101) and Real Estate Practice (RES 102) courses are eligible to sit for the Pennsylvania Real Estate Salesperson Exam. Individuals who acquire their Pennsylvania Real Estate Salesperson License may seek employment as commissioned or salaried residential or commercial real estate agents, property managers, leasing agents or real estate assistants. Both courses must be completed prior to taking the exam.
Real Estate Fundamentals begins on Saturday, Jan. 25 with in-class instruction from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and online instruction through Feb. 7. Real Estate Practice begins with in-class instruction on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and online instruction through Feb. 18.
To learn more about the College’s Pennsylvania Real Estate Salesperson Pre-licensing Fast Track Program, contact Ayisha Sereni at 215-461-1147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.