A guest post by Dr. Debbie Phillips
Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation Students today are enjoying a wide variety of career opportunities and among those that are attracting a great deal of attention is that of apartment management and maintenance. The upsurge in demand for apartments is a product of many factors and this demand for apartments is increasing the need for skilled talent at every level of management. In addition, there are other careers available within companies that provide goods and services to the industry such as power, gas, flooring, telecommunications, advertising companies, and the like.
Approximately 1 in every 3 people live in apartments and the industry accounts for over 37 million apartments nationwide. Experts predict that the industry will add approximately 10,000 new jobs over the next decade as the Generation Y enters the rental market.
The need for skilled talent is at an all time high and the Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation (GAIEF) has launched a pilot program with DeKalb Technical College’s Department of Economic Development to fill the pipeline of talent for maintenance technicians. Members from Metro Atlanta’s Workforce Development Boards, GeorgiaCCAN, andindustry leaders have joined forces to bring job seekers and employers together to fill immediate job openings as well as develop an in-depth training curriculum designed specifically for the apartment industry.
“This is a true partnership and it is evidenced by the outpouring of support by industry leaders to offer the training facilities, existing curriculum and subject matter experts to make this program top-tier,” is a quote from Richard Smith, Vice President of Economic Development for DeKalb Technical College.
In addition to the program at DeKalb Technical College, GAIEF has also established strategic alliances with career academies such as Rockdale Career Academy and the Douglas County College and Career Institute to introduce high school students to exciting careers in apartment management. These students have heard from guest speakers and used case studies in management and marketing classes that relate to specific skills needed in the industry. Students appreciate relevant coursework that helps them prepare for a career path when they graduate. They enjoy finding solutions to real world problems and seeing those outcomes used by industry.
For more information on how this industry has created a “triple-win” for students, educators and employers, please contact Dr. Debbie Phillips at 404-787-4409.
About Ms. Phillips
Before forming her own company in 1997 as President of The Quadrillion, an international consulting firm, Ms. Phillips served as V. P. of Marketing and Training for National Property Investors. She has specialized in the real estate industry more than 25 years.
Debbie also serves as Executive Director for the Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation. She is the lead instructor for the organization’s college programs in Residential Property Management at the University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology. Debbie serves on various boards related to housing and workforce development including career awareness in real estate management. Debbie completed her Ph.D. from Georgia Tech, an M. S. degree and a B. S. degree, both from the University of Georgia.
Note: A special thanks to Dr. Phillips for her guest post today. Your commitment to the multifamily industry is extremely passionate and your example is one we all greatly appreciate. The Peggy Waskom Superbowl is an event that supports students who are making a career path in the multifamily industry. If you can contribute to this important event, please contact either Jack or Ellen Weissman at firstname.lastname@example.org.