ULI hopes new program diversifies, attracts more young people to real estate careers

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) announced today the expansion of an online curriculum program to help diversify the real estate industry and get more young people interested in real estate careers.

ULI’s Foundations of Real Estate (FoRE) program debuted last school year at Colgate University. The online program offers a certification showing students understand the real estate industry.The FoRe program is being expanded to more colleges and universities with a focus on offering the program at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Four HBCUs are offering the ULI program this year.

The goal is to have the program at 100 schools within five years.“The goal of assembling this curriculum was to place interested and committed students in a position to learn enough so that when they enter the marketplace, they can be competitive for an entry-level position, as opposed to starting from scratch.

This benefits both the students and companies that hire them,” said ULI Global CEO W. Edward Walter.

“So often, the way people get into real estate is because one of their parents or relatives was in the business. FoRE gives us the opportunity to broaden the number and the diversity of people who might be interested in real estate and show them that it involves much more than merely selling properties, that they could pursue investment, development, or other aspects of the industry.”

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