Real Estate
CE Course

Elevate your Real Estate Career with COM's new TREC Continuing Education Course: Master Your Market: How Colleges Grow Communities.

This course offers 5 TREC CE hours and is for real estate professionals seeking a competitive edge as it delves into the intersection of higher education, postsecondary credential attainment rates and their profound impact on economic development within the real estate industry.

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Master Your Market

How Colleges Grow Communities

Tuesday April 30, 2024

9 a.m. — 2 p.m. COM Conference Center

Classroom Course | COM Conference Center

Virtual Course Also Available

Course Cost: $49

Course Information

TREC Continuing Education Units: 5
Course #49118
Instructor Paige Parrish, Dean,
Continuing Education, COM

Schedule / Topics Covered

9:00 a.m. — The Impacts of Community Colleges in Real Estate


Dr. Warren Nichols


College of the Mainland

Diane Burkett

Executive Director, Marketing and Public Affairs

College of the Mainland


As communities grow and evolve, the educational needs to ensure a thriving workforce are critical. Community colleges play a pivotal role by providing educational opportunities to meet the demands of local industries. Knowledge of the workforce of the future can help Realtors get ahead of the trends and growth in the local economy that impacts housing needs.

10:00 a.m. — Geography Competency - Value of Being an Expert in Your Market


Barbara Cutsinger

Marketing Manager

Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership


Understanding the latest residential, retail, and industrial developments in your area positions realtors as trusted advisors and partners to navigate the complexities of the real estate market. The agent will learn how Geographic Competency for the market area served is critical to the agent being competent to sell in the regional area and learn about the new developments happening now and planned for the near future.

11:00 a.m. — Title Tales: Unveiling the Latest in Texas Title Trends


Shannon Doyle Osborn


South Land Title


Market and technology trends, such as artificial intelligence, effects of COVID-19 on title services and fraud in the real estate industry, the agent will learn how this has impacted the closing process. We will discuss in-person and virtual closings and mobile notaries and how the different services can impact the overall cost to the clients.

12:00 p.m. — Programmed For Success: Preparing the Future Workforce


J. Paige Parrish

Dean, Continuing Education

College of the Mainland

Dr. Victor Vega-Vasquez

Dean of Instruction

College of the Mainland


How community colleges can effectively respond to the changing needs of industry and the workforce.

The implications of Texas House Bill 8 on community college funding model and education, including Texas Education Opportunity Grant for equitable access to dual credit

1:00 p.m. — Scholarships Build Winning Communities


Dr. Helen Castellanos Brewer

Executive Vice President, Academic & Student Affairs

College of the Mainland

Anita Garcia

Acting Director for Institutional Advancement and Acting Director for College of the Mainland Foundation

College of the Mainland


How scholarships strengthen ties between education and local communities, recognizing that education plays a crucial role in community and economic development.

Empirical based research showing significant increase in postsecondary credential attainment rates with Place-Based Scholarships, and how educational and economic outcomes associated with Place-Based Scholarships reveal their potential to expand postsecondary aspirations, enhance a college-going culture in school districts, increase enrollment and degree attainment, and stimulate in migration and housing price growth


Become a COM Certified Realtor

Optional COM Certification Program included in Classroom option at no additional charge.

2:00 p.m. — COM Momentum is Now

Tour of COM Facilities and Overview of New and Existing Programs

Gain an in-depth knowledge of the growth of the College of the Mainland. In the spring of 2023, voters approved a bond program that allows COM to address the region’s immense growth, ensuring education and workforce training needs through new programs, new buildings, and new opportunities for student success

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