Beyond the Build

Continuing Education

Learn It Today, Use it Tomorrow

When it comes to maximizing a career in real estate, Auburn University has gotten it right. Since 2010, the  College of Architecture, Design and Construction and the  College of Business have partnered to offer a post-graduate track for students to earn a Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) degree. Professors Michael Robinson and Harris Hollans lead the program.

The program is aimed at practicing professionals from the non-profit and for-profit sectors alike, usually folks involved in the fields of real estate, finance, construction and design. The philosophy is “learn it today, use it tomorrow,” focusing on practical application and the real life experiences of those in the industry. This past year, they have taken field trips to major cities in the US and abroad.

This week, I was fortunate enough to share thoughts with the class of 2016 . What impressed me the most was the “heart” of the class. These were students of different ages from different backgrounds willing to spend four weeks a year back in college, plus time for field trips and self-study. All this is to better their lives and those around them.

While many colleges have these types of programs, Auburn University happens to be one of the best. I hope to get invited back next year.

As we all travel this trail, I explained to the class, nothing is easy. Success is a point in time not a destination, and most of us probably fail more than we succeed. It’s a matter of swinging at the ball to improve our batting averages.

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Merrill Stewart Jr.

Merrill Stewart is Founder and CEO of The Stewart/Perry Company, a commercial building contractor based in Birmingham.