The Central Arizona chapter of CCIM has launched a mentorship program for undergraduate students. The local chapter launched its first mentoring session last month at Colangelo College of Business at Grand Canyon University. The program will include analysis, students creating and presenting a broker opinion of value, listing pitches and sales offering memorandum.

“Our Central Arizona Chapter’s mission is to provide the premiere education in commercial real estate. University outreach was on my agenda for this year, so I reached out to Mr. Colangelo at the CCIM economic forecast in January,” Jenette Bennett, first VP at Kidder Matthews, tells “The Colangelo College of Business had just been announced in the media, so I thought it was a perfect time to introduce a customized CCIM curriculum and mentorship to the undergrads.”

At an introductory session announcing the program, 45 students in attended with 30 expected. Needless to say there is a lot of interest from the students. “We had a strong response from the students at our first meeting,” Bennett says. “GCU had announced the CCIM mentorship during their back—to-school night, and distributed our agenda. As of now we have over 50 students who are enrolled and matched to a mentor.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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