Project REAP (Real Estate Associate Program), the initiative connecting talented multicultural professionals and commercial real estate (CRE) for over 20 years, is returning to NYC and Chicago starting in mid-March with a renewed and strengthened focus on creating multicultural CRE communities. Applications are being accepted through Friday, February 7 at projectreap.org.
“We’re looking to build a critical mass by linking our over 1300 REAP graduates to current REAP students, alumni and sponsors active in CRE,” said REAP Program Director Osayamen Bartholomew. “The goal is to create communities of multicultural CRE professionals, market by market.”
Spring 2020 classes, scheduled to launch in mid-March, will include increased programming geared to bolster professional and career opportunities within the larger CRE landscape. The organization anticipates its internal job postings to double, coming from a total of roughly 150 major firms, both in CRE and related industries (i.e. banking, corporate) by the end of 2020.
REAP alumni come from a wide range of disciplines including architecture, banking, law, marketing and more. Candidates seek to translate their skills to CRE, acquire new knowledge in their chosen field or explore and forge new career paths. Senior level industry experts serve as instructors for a curriculum that encompasses all aspects of CRE. Requirements for the academy include a four-year undergraduate degree (or current graduating senior) with at least one year of professional work experience. Real estate experience is not required. In 2019, classes were held in New York City, Washington, D.C.; Dallas, Texas; Los Angeles, California and Atlanta, Georgia. The last featured the largest graduating class ever.
Corporate sponsors backing the academies have included CBRE, Walmart, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft and McDonald’s, as well as major industry associations such as the Urban Land Institute, the National Multifamily Housing Council and the International Council of Shopping Centers.