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Professional Development Classes were developed to give students an edge on their competitors.  The classes are held in the URBAN RETAIL PROPERTIES PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & RESEARCH CENTER (WB1210C) from 5:00-5:50.  They are offered free to all real estate students and two classes are held in fall and spring semesters for 8 weeks.

The classes are listed below:

Business Writing

This course will provide the student with an opportunity to review the basic rules of business writing and to develop clarity of style, while being introduced to the language of real estate through its terms and documents. Students will read real estate articles and documents and will draft clear and concise summaries showing comprehension of subject matter and terminology. A full range of business document types will be written by the students and reviewed in class.

Technology I

This course helps students develop skills to effectively use Microsoft Office in their personal and professional lives.  With lectures, discussions, reviews, and guided practice, students will complete independent activities, assignments,and projects.  Students will use MS Office to help create effective real estate documents, analysis, presentations, etc.  Ellen Hayes, Manager of Training Services at Realogic Inc., provides essential information and hands-on feedback designed to make you an efficient user of Microsoft Office.  You will learn tips, tricks, shortcuts, and successful navigation through the MS Office suite of products.  After taking Tech I, you will be able to use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint confidently and effectively.

Technology II

In this course, students will review key real estate software programs including Argus, a financial modeling tool used in acquisition an development, and various accounting programs used during asset and property management.  Students will use online research tools, such as Co-Star, that provide current information on commercial properties by type and by submarket.  Instructor Ellen Hayes will help students strengthen their knowledge of analytical tools and sources of data and reduce the search time in locating industry information.  As a result of Tech II, you will have a portfolio of methodology and market analysis tools at your fingertips that make more efficient in identifying, managing, and analyzing real estate information.

Professional Development

This course is designed to guide students through the career options in real estate and will help polish the tools needed to successfully decide upon and achieve career choices. It will provide the strategies and skills necessary for a lifetime of career-related decision making. Students will also utilize various assessment, presentation and reflection techniques to define and clarify educational goals and career planning. Several job search tools will be introduced. A resume writing and interview skills workshop will be presented. Students will have a distribution ready resume upon the completion of this class.