LISC Milwaukee: ACRE Program aims to expand minority representation in commercial real estate

Dawn Hutchison-Weiss
Communications Director
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Associates in Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) Program now accepting applications for 2015-2016 Class

July 1, 2015–The Associates in Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) Program is an industry-supported initiative that recruits and retains minorities for professional careers in the field of commercial real estate. The ACRE program was created by Professor Mark Eppli and the Marquette University College of Business in 2005 and is now administered through LISC Milwaukee in partnership with Marquette University and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

The goal of the Associates in Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) Program is to expand minority representation in the commercial real estate fields of development, property management, and construction management. This program offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of these industries while creating a valuable network of fellow students, ACRE graduates and industry professionals.

ACRE is a 26-week program that runs from September through May. Typical ACRE students have some college training and several years of business experience. Instructors include industry leaders in related fields. Key contributors include The Mandel Group and The Opus Foundation.

The deadline for application to the 2015-2016 ACRE class is Friday, July 31, 2015. Interested candidates can find program information and an application through LISC Milwaukee’s website at

About LISC: LISC is a national organization with local priorities, and the recognized expert in achieving sustainable neighborhood revitalization. LISC’s mission is to help transform distressed urban neighborhoods into communities of choice and opportunity—great places to work, do business, and raise children. To accomplish this, LISC mobilizes corporate, government, and philanthropic resources on behalf of local neighborhoods; and provides loans, grants and equity investments, policy support and the technical assistance neighborhoods. Since 1995, LISC has invested more than $100 million in Milwaukee. More information is available at or