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Apartment Industry Partners with Montgomery College to Provide Job Opportunities for Students

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Category: EDU - General (Inside MC staff use only)

Published: Nov 26 2013 8:50AM

Did you know that there is high demand for apartment maintenance technicians and apartment leasing professionals in the Greater Washington area? Montgomery College is working with a variety of partners to help students prepare for employment in this growing field.

On November 21, human resources representatives from nine apartment companies spent the morning interviewing Montgomery College students who have completed either the Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT) or the National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP) courses offered by the College's Workforce Development & Continuing Education (WD&CE) division. These companies included Aimco, Borger Management, Camden Property Trust, The Dolben Company, Dreyfuss Management, Equity Residential, The Gables, Southern Management Corporation, and WinnCompanies.

In addition, representatives from The Gables, Borger, and Equity have worked closely with WD&CE to recruit students, conduct mock interviews, serve as email mentors, and provide guest classroom speakers.

"Montgomery College thanks our area apartment companies for so enthusiastically supporting our efforts to train county residents for careers in the apartment industry," said George Payne, vice president of Montgomery College's Workforce Development & Continuing Education. "The local apartment industry has ample jobs, good salaries and benefits, and opportunities to advance. The employer participation has strengthened the courses and enriched the learning opportunities for our students - and their future workers."

The National Apartment Association Educational Institute (NAAEI) is working with Montgomery College and other higher educational institutions across the country to strengthen the workforce pipeline for the apartment industry. NAAEI created the curriculum for the CAMT and NALP courses and is helping to facilitate relationships with employer partners. NAAEI also generously donated textbooks worth nearly $14,000 for the Maryland Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MI-BEST) version of the CAMT course, which is offered to help low-income workers enter the apartment industry.

Montgomery College is working with a number of nonprofit organizations, including Career Catchers, International Rescue Committee, Maryland Multi-Cultural Youth Centers, Montgomery Coalition for the Homeless, and Spanish Catholic Charities, to recruit students and to provide support services as they complete their coursework and seek employment.

The Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative, which is administered by the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and the Washington Area Women's Foundation have provided very generous grants to make it possible for students with financial need to take apartment industry career courses.

To learn more about this initiative, please contact Rose Garvin Aquilino, director of corporate and foundation relations for Montgomery College, at 240-567-4249 or rose.garvinaquilino@montgomerycollege.edu.

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