ACCESS PROGRAM WRAPS UP SECOND YEAR OF INTERNSHIPS

Spring 2013 ACCESS program students (from left) Corinne Perham, Pete Innaurato and Casey Yoos.

BCC-RE/MAX CONNECTION ACCESS PROGRAM
WRAPS UP SECOND YEAR OF INTERNSHIPS

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College student Corinne Perham might not make a career of real estate, but she knows she will use what she learned this past semester in her professional career.

Perham, a communications major who just finished her freshman year at Burlington County College, was one of three students who spent the past four months in an innovative social media internship program at one of South Jersey’s largest real estate agencies – RE/MAX Connection Realtors.

“It was a great experience to work in a professional environment,” said the Moorestown High School graduate and communications major at BCC. “I learned how to write blogs, communicate with clients and provide them with what they need to help them grow their business.”

All three program participants – Casey Yoos of Burlington Township, Pete Innaurato of Evesham and Perham – received one college credit each, along with a financial stipend in the form of a scholarship – as the second group of BCC students to take part in the ACCESS internship program.

ACCESS, which stands for American Community College Educational Social media Scholarship, was created in 2012 by New Jersey Assemblyman Christopher J. Brown, R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic, who also is CEO of RE/MAX Connection Realtors, which sponsors and funds the program.

Innaurato, Perham and Yoos spent Friday afternoons from early February through mid-May working at the RE/MAX Connection office in Marlton. Each student was assigned four Realtors as clients and they wrote two blogs a week for each one. The blogs were posted on individual websites created for each Realtor as part of the internship.

The goal of the ACCESS program, in addition to giving the students business experiences while they still are in college, is to boost the search engine recognition of the Realtors in particular and of RE/MAX Connection in general.

“In its first two years, the ACCESS program has produced great results for our Realtors and our company,” said RE/MAX Connection CEO Brown. “Such public-private partnerships between local business and community colleges create real-world learning experiences for students, stretch the educational offerings and the budgetary dollars for colleges and bring more customers to companies such as ours.”

The program at Burlington County College, which will be offered again during both the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters, is open to students studying marketing, business, journalism and communications. In addition to providing each participant with the scholarship stipend, RE/MAX Connection also pays for the college credits they earn.

The students, however, said they came away from the program with much more than just their credits and scholarships.

“ACCESS helped me with my writing skills and my personal communications skills,” said Yoos, who – after graduating from BCC in May – is matriculating to Temple University to study broadcast communications. “It’s also given me the confidence to communicate with different people about issues I’m not familiar with.”

“For me, it was an opportunity to learn a different type of writing,” said Innaurato, an aspiring journalist who just completed his freshman year at BCC. “Even though they are blogs, each one has to be written with proper style and grammar. While it was a challenge to do that and still include all the necessary search elements, I believe I’m a stronger writer after completing the program.”

Burlington County College students who would like to apply for the ACCESS program should contact the college’s Career Services Office at careerservices@bcc.edu or at 856-222-9311 x2000. For more information on the ACCESS program in general, contact RE/MAX Connection Realtors at info@goconnectionnj.com or at 856-988-1800.

RE/MAX Connection – Marlton is located at 1000 Lincoln Drive East, Suite Two, Marlton, NJ 08053. Phone: (856) 988-1800. Fax: (856) 988-8020. RE/MAX Connection – Mantua is located at 140 Bridgeton Pike, Mantua, NJ 08051. Phone: (856) 415-1210. Fax: (856) 415-1291. RE/MAX Connection – Turnersville is at 5701 Route 42, Turnersville, NJ 08012. Phone: 856-228-7990. Fax: 856-228-4433.

All three offices are on the web at www.goconnectionnj.com.

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