CREATE Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Delivering diverse, educated and career-ready employees to the CRE industry since 2012

CREATE celebrated its 10th Anniversary on October 4 bringing together students currently enrolled in the CREATE Fellows program at SF State, Fellows alumni, instructors and other program volunteers, and donors who support this results-driven, workforce development program.  Fellows Alums shared their personal stories of how the program impacted their career path and provided them employment opportunities upon graduation.

Over the past decade, CREATE evolved from an effort to tackle the CRE talent deficit and has grown into a partnership of 4 real estate associations (BOMA San Francisco, BOMA Oakland/East Bay, NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area and IREM San Francisco) delivering a 16-module curriculum offered at SF State and Merritt College, of which SF State is recognized as having among the most diverse student population in the nation. 400+ students have graduated from the program and approximately 30% have gained employment in the industry upon graduation. To facilitate cost effective hiring, CREATE’s career portal  enables employers to post entry-level jobs and internships at no cost, and candidates to post their resumes.

As CREATE embarks on its next decade, we see an opportunity in what we have produced, especially, as it relates to increasing diversity in our industry and bringing a richer set of ideas to the CRE table. With the harsh reality of a retiring workforce, we must continue to expand and diversify our talent pool. The talent drought affects us all — owners, managers, vendors –and together, we can proactively achieve a sustainable workforce. This program is sustained by the monetary contributions from the industry employers that it serves.   Donate today