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


Media contact: Steve Royek

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 or at 856-222-9311 x2000. For more information on the ACCESS program in general, contact RE/MAX Connection Realtors at 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

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ACCESS scholarship award winner Alejandro Rojas gives the thumbs-up sign after winning the $2,500 educational stipend from RE/MAX Connection Realtors. Celebrating with him are (from left) Amanda Brown, regional director of RE/MAX of New Jersey; RE/MAX Connection CEO and New Jersey Assemblyman, Christopher J. Brown, and Steve Royek, president of Steve Royek and Associates.


Contact: Kevin Bayzath
Phone: (856) 988-1800

MOUNT LAUREL (Sept. 7) – Burlington County College student Alejandro Rojas of Delran is the recipient of the first ACCESS scholarship for social media excellence awarded by RE/MAX Connection Realtors.

The $2,500 scholarship – for use at BCC or a four-year college or university – was presented to Rojas by RE/MAX Connection CEO Christopher J. Brown in a ceremony here yesterday.

ACCESS stands for American Community College Education Social-media Scholarship and is a joint venture between the Burlington County College Foundation and RE/MAX Connection, the number one multi-office RE/MAX company in New Jersey in units sold for 2011.

Rojas and three classmates spent the months of June, July and August writing and posting on social media blogs for 20 Realtors (five Realtors per student) who work out of the RE/MAX Connection offices in Marlton, Mantua and Turnersville. All four students received college credits for the course, with their tuition being paid by RE/MAX Connection.

“I am pleased to present Alejandro with this scholarship,” 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. “His work was quite impressive and shows the value of cooperative education programs between community colleges and small businesses.

“When I developed the ACCESS concept, I saw it as a potential blueprint for similar cooperative projects going forward,” Brown continued. “New Jersey’s community colleges – especially our own Burlington County College – provide great opportunities for all citizens to benefit as they offer significant cost advantages over both private and public four-year institutions, and maintain strong connections to their communities.”

The set of blogs written by Rojas attracted nearly 1,400 individual impressions, a number that was nearly three times higher than the second-place blogger. That translates to 1,400 potential real estate customers who viewed information about those particular Realtors in that three-month period.

“ACCESS is a creative and highly motivational internship model,” said Rebecca Corbin, executive director of the BCC Foundation. “We 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.”

Burlington County College and RE/MAX Connection plan to schedule additional ACCESS classes – and award additional scholarships – in the upcoming spring 2013 and summer 2013 semesters. For more information, contact the BCC Career Services office at 856-222-9311, extension 2802 or

Two other South Jersey businesses assisted with the ACCESS program: VisionLine Media – a website design and development firm based in Collingswood – constructed, posted and hosted the blog sites; and Steve Royek and Associates – a Mount Laurel writing, media relations and marketing communications company – mentored the students and provided editing and proofreading services.

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

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

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