Group of students and leadership poses for a photo.

A new apprenticeship program will allow City Colleges of Chicago students to gain real-world experience in the lucrative real estate industry. At the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Chicago’s diversity celebration last week, it was announced that three of BOMA Chicago’s members will offer apprenticeship positions for City Colleges students this fall, marking the first-ever U.S. Department of Labor-registered apprenticeship in property management.

The three students who have been selected for the apprenticeships—Joseph Rice of Kennedy-King College, Natalie Guzman of Harold Washington College, and Sterling Burnett of Malcolm X College—joined the celebration as they look forward to starting their positions at Transwestern, Hines, and Sterling Bay, respectively. They were also joined by Gissell Bahena of Harold Washington College, a current apprentice at BOMA member JLL, and ChancelloPreview (opens in a new tab)r Juan Salgado.

“BOMA’s whole industry approach will serve as a workforce development model for other economic sectors in the city,” said Chancellor Salgado, as he thanked the four members for creating life-changing career opportunities for students.

Through an “earn and learn” model, City Colleges partners with a variety of local, national, and international employers to help students earn in-demand workplace skills as they complete their studies. In addition to experience, students earn a paycheck and make significant contributions to the companies who have hired them, making the programs a “win-win” for apprentices and employers alike.

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