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

Media contact: Steve Royek
856-906-4755
sroyek@comcast.net

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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RE/MAX CONNECTION SPONSORS INNOVATIVE CLASS AT B.C.C.

RE/MAX CONNECTION REALTORS SPONSORS
INNOVATIVE SOCIAL MEDIA CLASS AT B.C.C.

Contact: Kevin Bayzath
Phone: (856) 988-1800
Email: kbayzath@aol.com

MARLTON (May 30) – This Friday, June 1, is the first day of class for an innovative social media internship program making its debut as part of Burlington County College’s summer session.

The class is a joint venture between the county’s community college and RE/MAX Connection Realtors, the number one multi-office RE/MAX company in New Jersey in units sold for 2011.

Five students will be spending the months of June, July and August writing and posting on social media blogs for 25 Realtors (five Realtors per student) who work out of the three RE/MAX Connection offices in Marlton, Burlington County, and Mantua and Turnersville, Gloucester County.

All five will receive three college credits for the course and the one student who is judged to have the most successful set of blog sites (based on both subjective and objective criteria, including search engine optimization [SEO] ratings) will receive a $2,500 scholarship to continue their education at BCC or a four-year college or university of their choice.

The $2,500 scholarship and the course credits for all five students are being paid by RE/MAX Connection.

Known as the ACCESS program – for American Community College Education Social-media Scholarship – class sessions are being held every Friday at RE/MAX Connection corporate headquarters in Marlton through August 31.

“With ACCESS, we look forward to creating a blueprint for similar small business/community college cooperative projects in the future,” RE/MAX CEO Christopher J. Brown explained. “It’s my belief a strong small business and community college partnership can be a silver bullet for many of the socio-economic problems facing New Jersey.”

“Offering significant cost advantages over both private and public four-year institutions, and holding strong connections to their local residents, our state’s community colleges provide great opportunities for all citizens to benefit,” said Brown, a former county freeholder who now serves in the New Jersey Assembly representing portions of Burlington, Camden and Atlantic counties. He also sits on the Assembly’s Higher Education committee.

The five students participating in the initial year of the program – all of them studying business administration – present a broad cross-section of community college attendees: One is an Iraq War veteran in his mid-30s, another was born in Colombia, South America, and a third graduated from BCC earlier this month and is headed to Rutgers University this September.

“ACCESS is a creative and highly motivational internship model,” said Rebecca Corbin, executive director of the BCC Foundation, co-sponsor of the program. “The foundation and the College applaud Chris Brown for envisioning this project, and we look forward to seeing our students develop marketable skills and building a network of contacts that will help them in their chosen career fields.”

Two other South Jersey businesses are assisting in the ACCESS joint venture between RE/MAX Connection and Burlington County College. VisionLine Media, a website design and development firm based in Collingswood, constructed and posted all 25 Realtor blog sites, is hosting the sites on its servers and will be monitoring SEO rankings for the sites and students; Steve Royek and Associates, a Mount Laurel writing, media relations and marketing communications company, is providing editing and proofreading services and is helping to mentor the students.

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.

Burlington County College, a comprehensive community college, provides all individuals access to affordable and quality education. BCC has campuses in Pemberton and Mount Laurel, centers in Mount Holly and Willingboro, satellite centers in high schools throughout Burlington County, as well as a presence at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and in Burlington City. For more information, please call (609) 894-9311 or (856) 222-9311, or visit www.bcc.edu.

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RE/MAX Connection Realtors accepts no liability for the content of this email/blog, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided, unless that information is subsequently confirmed in writing. RE/MAX Connection Realtors is providing this transmission for informational purposes only. Any views or opinions presented in this email/blog do not necessarily represent those of the company.

The recipient should check this email and any attachments for the presence of viruses. The company accepts no liability for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by this email.

RE/MAX Connection Realtors, 1000 Lincoln Drive East, Suite Two, Marlton, NJ 08053 www.goconnectionnj.com.

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