MiraCosta College to offer certificate in Affordable Housing Management in partnership with San Diego Housing Federation
Beginning in Fall 2022, MiraCosta College will launch a new, free program leading to a certificate of completion in Affordable Housing Management, which will prepare students to enter the workforce at the management level in a quickly growing industry that is eager for more and diverse applicants.
Findings from the 2022 California Housing Partnership’s (CHP) annual Affordable Housing Needs Report released today indicate trends that further justify the need for this program. The study showed that the number of affordable housing units built in 2021 increased by 43 percent compared to the previous year.
“We have heard from our members who build affordable housing that there is a clear need for staff to manage and maintain these homes. These are good paying jobs that benefit the communities that need career opportunities the most. This study demonstrates the value of the MiraCosta College certificate program,” said Stephen Russell, president and CEO of the San Diego Housing Federation. “While it is good news that the number of homes built for those in need went up, we have a long way to go before we meet demand.”
The San Diego Region needs to build an additional 171,685 units by 2029 in order to meet its regional needs. At the same time, in San Diego the income needed to afford the average asking rent went up 20 percent to $7,510 per month last year.
The certificate program was created through a unique collaboration between MiraCosta College’s Short Term Career Preparation and the San Diego Housing Federation, the region’s strongest advocate for more affordable housing. The San Diego Housing Federation plans to offer four informational sessions throughout the county in the coming months to inform potential students and industry mentors about the program. The program will also target traditionally underserved communities for prospective students who can utilize the program to build a career that will have a positive impact in their neighborhood.
Erica Duran, chair of the noncredit and short-term career preparation program at MiraCosta College, explains there is a huge demand for property managers, especially those who have formal training for the job.
Two four-week courses, both offered for free, are required to obtain a Certificate of Completion. Each course will be limited to 20 students, so learners can complete the certificate as a cohort.
The first course, an Introduction to Affordable Housing Management, introduces students to property management and leadership with an emphasis on affordable housing and multi-family properties. Students will learn about the laws and regulations governing affordable housing. They will complete coursework and activities modeling real-world scenarios and will learn from current and former industry professionals serving as volunteer mentors.
The second course, Emerging Leaders in Affordable Housing Management, expands on the skills from the first course. It prepares students to complete financial reports and documents needed by property managers and to develop effective relationships with various stakeholders. Each student will also be partnered with a mentor from the industry who will help them to develop advanced leadership and problem-solving strategies.
In Spring 2023, thanks to a Strong Workforce grant, MiraCosta will be offering free tuition to up to 40 students from the Affordable Housing Management classes to continue and complete three real estate exam preparation courses in Community Education at MiraCosta college.
Students who choose to complete both the Affordable Housing Management and Real Estate prep courses could complete both their Certificate of Completion and sit for their DRE Real Estate license exam within one semester. For more information, contact Erica Duran at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fall registration is now open and students can register by visiting miracosta.edu and searching for the Fall 2022 continuing education schedule.
About MiraCosta College
The MiraCosta Community College District has served the coastal North San Diego County area for over 80 years. More than 19,000 credit students annually in over 70 disciplines enroll in associate degrees, university transfer and workforce readiness certificate programs. The college also serves over 7,000 students a wide spectrum of educational needs in the region ranging from programs for adult education, community education, basic skills, and ESL to a California Community College pilot program offering the nation’s first baccalaureate degree in biomanufacturing. As a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), veteran and military supportive institution, and Achieving the Dream Leader College, MiraCosta College fosters the academic and holistic success of its diverse learners within a caring and equitable environment to strengthen the educational, economic, cultural, and social well-being of the communities it serves. MiraCosta College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
To learn more about the work and opportunities offered through MiraCosta College’s Short Term Career Preparation courses, contact email@example.com or visit MiraCosta's website.
San Diego Housing Federation
The San Diego Housing Federation is the region’s voice for affordable housing. SDHF is committed to increasing the supply of housing for San Diego’s most vulnerable families, seniors, veterans, and those living with disabilities. For more information on SDHF or this study, contact firstname.lastname@example.org