Throughout the past two years, MSCA has made a conscious effort to create events and programs to help our members and industry up-to-date on the latest developments, while creating a forum for all of you to network and share information. As you look around our industry today, you will see a very large disconnect between the diversity of our community and the professionals serving them. To further enhance our industry, MSCA chose to partner with the CREDC (Commercial Real Estate Diversity Collaborative), along with 8 other associations. As a result of this, MSCA along with its members has donated over $5,000 towards the CREDC for scholarships to students with a diverse background looking to get into the real estate industry.
As a result of partnering with the CREDC, MSCA has also had the great opportunity to partner with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis over the past year. Cristo Rey is a college preparatory school for low-income students. The school offers a corporate work-study program and many local companies have hired their students. In fact, a few member companies of MSCA are participating and giving rave reviews about these motivated, young students. Wendy Aaserud of Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq said, “Working closely with the Cristo Rey student workers has been a very positive experience for our company. They are reliable, mature and eager to learn new skills. It has been a pleasure to witness the student workers as they grow professionally and gain confidence within themselves and in their future opportunities.”
On Nov. 4th at MSCA’s Retail Report Program, 15 Cristo Rey students joined us and were partnered with several MSCA members who could give them a better understanding of our industry. The kids had a great time, learned a lot about the different classifications in commercial real estate, and were able to show our membership how motivated and ambitious they are.