By Chris Barrett
PBN Staff Writer
WARWICK – Rhode Island Realtors can now translate courses sponsored by their association into credits at the New England Institute of Technology.
The courses will leverage credit toward an associate in science degree in applied technical studies. Members of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors interested in the program can enroll immediately and start taking classes as early as July when the next academic quarter starts.
“The demands placed on today’s real estate professionals continues to grow at a rapid pace,” said Norma Mousseau, professional development manager at the association. “Our goal is to offer our members the opportunity to broaden their base of knowledge by earning an associate in science degree in applied technical studies in order to stay competitive in this volatile real estate market.”
The full program requires 92 credits – about 30 classes – to complete. Thirty-two credits must be in liberal arts courses, 30 from the college’s technical offerings and 30 from a specialized area of technology such as building construction, architectural engineering, interior design, information technology or business management.
Steven H. Kitchin, vice president for corporate education and training at the college, said that many of those specialized areas – such as interior design – would likely interest Realtors.
“The Applied Technical Studies program at New England Tech is just one example of how the college’s Center for Technology and Industry addresses the educational and training needs of employers and their work force,” Kitchin said. “Through the ATS program, the Rhode Island Association of Realtors can offer its members the opportunity to build their education and professional experience to better service their clients.”
Realtors interested in learning more about the program may contact Mousseau at (401) 432-6933 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.