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Georgia, Arizona win Pusateri apartment career awards.

THE GEORGIA APARTMENT INDUSTRY EDUCATION FOUNDATION (GAUT) raised awareness of apartment careers in 2011 through its wide-ranging and multifaceted apartment career promotion campaign which included participation in high school career fairs, career awareness conferences and membership in the Georgia Career Academy Network.

GAIEF also worked closely with the Georgia Association of Career and Technical Education (GACTE) to promote partnerships between the apartment industry and educators. At the July 2011 GACTE conference, GAIEF Chairman Jerry Warshaw presented the benefits of the alliances between industries and educators to more than 2,500 administrators and teachers. During 2011, its Executive Director Debbie Phillips visited career academies throughout the state to promote apartment career paths. GAIET focused on apartment maintenance careers at the "Spotlight on Maintenance Careers" information session, attended by 150 applicants and representatives from 11 management companies.

GAIEF also supported apartment industry education by providing funding for the development and teaching of college level Residential Property Management courses. These courses are offered at the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

In 2011, 790 college and university students took one of these courses. Internships and job-shadow opportunities are also secured for students by GAIEF with prominent local companies.

ARIZONA MULTIHOUSING ASSOCIATION (AMA) held its first Career Fair on Oct. 11, 2011, bringing awareness of apartment careers to the public and highlighting the growing demand for skilled industry professionals.

Advertising for the event was featured in various media outlets, including articles in AMA's Apartment News publication and an on-air interview with AMA President and CEO Tom Simplot on Phoenix affiliate Channel 12. Promotion for the event included information on the upcoming Career Fair, NAAEI designations and education opportunities for military spouses through the MyCAA program, a career development and employment assistance program sponsored by the Department of Defense.

AMA Education Chair Pam Shelton conducted Property Management 101 for career attendees. These sessions gave attendees information on types of positions available in the apartment industry as well as general information about the industry. For those interested in taking the next step toward an. Apartment Career, AMA introduced its Jump Start Program., an intensive two-day apartment industry orientation course.

The resulting success of the Jump Start Program has led to plans for AMA to grow the program in 2012. The Career Fair enjoyed the participation of 17 of the largest management companies in Arizona and representatives from these companies met with 600 applicants. AMA electronically distributed 400 resumes to participating management companies.
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Title Annotation:Anthony V. Pusateri Apartment Career Promotion Award
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Date:Jun 1, 2012
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