CBRE Group has teamed up with social impact platform Project Destined to launch a program that aims to help students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) get real-world experience in the commercial real estate industry.

CBRE has sponsored Project Destined’s HBCU Bridge Program, which connects students with CBRE leaders and exposes them to industry career paths. The six-week program includes an executive speaker series with CBRE leaders, specialized workshops, and career development sessions. Specifically, students get to learn more and practice networking, as well learning about leveraging LinkedIn, technical competencies, such as financial modeling and ARGUS, and interviewing and presentation skills.

“Through this program, Project Destined is empowering the next generation of Black leaders in commercial real estate by providing the tools, knowledge and resources to prepare them for rewarding careers,” said CBRE chief responsibility officer Tim Dismond. “Thanks to our comprehensive partnership, CBRE is gaining access to a rich pipeline of future talent from underrepresented communities of color, so our workforce reflects the communities where we live and work.”