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ACRE Program

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2015-2016 ACRE graduates

The Associates in Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) Program is an industry-supported initiative that recruits and retains minorities for professional careers in the field of commercial real estate. The ACRE program was created by Professor Mark Eppli and the Marquette University College of Business in 2005 and is now administered through LISC Milwaukee in partnership with Marquette University, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The goal of the Associates in Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) Program is to expand minority representation in the commercial real estate fields of development, property management, and construction management. This program offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of these industries while creating a valuable network of fellow students, ACRE graduates and industry professionals.

ACRE is a 26-week program that runs from September through May. The 26-week program includes working with experienced professionals to provide a better understanding of the real estate industry as well as a hands-on approach to develop experience. Typical ACRE students have some college training and several years of business experience. Instructors include industry leaders in related fields. Key contributors include The Mandel Group and The Opus Group Foundation.

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PRESS RELEASE– 2016-2017 ACRE Welcomes New Class of Minority Leaders for Successful Futures in Real Estate Development

Minority students prepare for future in real estate development – Milwaukee NNS

ACRE paves path to success for minorities – NAOIP, Summer, 2015

LISC to revive ACRE Program - BizTimes, March 31, 2014

ACRE training program revived by LISC, Marquette and MSOE - Milwaukee Business Journal

The Return of ACRE - Urban Milwaukee

Applications now being accepted for real estate training program - Milwaukee NNS

Minority-focused real estate certification program reinstated – Radio Milwaukee