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Big players in real estate want diversity—here’s how several local organizations are helping

Companies want to see diversity in real estate—here’s how they’re helping


Kevin Keyes III (left), Angele Monconduit, Director of Corporate Real Estate, Alabama Power (center) and Ty’Asia Bonner (right) at a recent industry event.
Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

CORE (Career Opportunities in Real Estate) is answering the call from major players in the real estate sector seeking diversity. They’ve teamed up with companies and organizations like Alabama Power, IREM, CREW and NMHC to bring free, accessible resources to underrepresented populations. Learn more about their mission and how it’s opening new doors for students across Alabama.

Get to know CORE

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Careers of choice, not chance. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

CORE is a program within the ReEimagined initiative, spearheaded by the Alabama Center for Real Estate. The online credentialing course is completely virtual, featuring primarily self-guided content and three live coaching sessions. 

Accessibility was non-negotiable. It’s safe to say they hit the nail on the head—you can access anywhere with Wi-Fi, and it’s completely free. 

Bonus? Students will also build on skills necessary for success in any industry. This includes understanding big-picture ideas and perfecting soft skills. 

“Nothing to lose”—scholarships provide exposure to real estate

Ty’Asia Bonner is now considering a career in real estate. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

I had the opportunity to speak with Ty’Asia Bonner, a Miles College student in this year’s CORE cohort. Ty’Asia, like many of her counterparts, had no previous exposure or training in the world of real estate. 

Thanks to CORE, she’s now considering a career in real estate. Learning the aspects of real estate helped her see her potential. 

“I would encourage everyone to give this course a try. You will learn so much more than you think, and it helps you prepare to take on a job in the industry after you finish. Also, you’ll learn a number of business and life skills throughout the program. You have nothing to lose!”  

—Ty’Asia Bonner, Miles College student and CORE participant

CORE brings opportunities to underrepresented groups

Dean Charles Stallworth (2nd from left) is thrilled to share this program with the Miles College community.
Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Ty’Asia is in good company—20 Miles College students are in CORE’s inaugural class. This is a stepping stone in the organization’s goal of empowering 100,000 young adults of color in the real estate industry by 2030.

For Miles College Dean Charles Stallworth, programs like this are bigger than just education. Further, it shows underrepresented students that they’re not only relevant—they’re in demand.

“It shows Miles College students [and other students like them] that they matter and are seen. Also, that companies want them and are ready to put their money where their mouth is. Companies are making a valiant effort to support diversity, scholarship, inclusion and betterment of students.” 

—Charles Stallworth, Dean, Miles College

How to get involved with CORE today

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Join the initiative as a sponsor or program participant today. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

You on board yet? It’s time to seize the day. Sponsors are a critical piece of the puzzle. They’re the folks that make this great program completely free

Apply to join a 2022 cohort today. The online credentialing courses will begin on: 

  • February 7
  • June 6 
  • September 26

Make real estate a career of choice, not chance. Apply to CORE today!

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