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Maryland Multi-Housing Association launches first-of-its-kind Leasing Training Academy in Baltimore, Maryland

OWINGS MILLS, MD — The Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA) is expanding its workforce development programming with the introduction of its Leasing Training Academy (LTA) to Baltimore.

Launching in the Baltimore region in partnership with the Baltimore County, the LTA offers a free, comprehensive training program for Baltimore residents who are unemployed, under-employed or looking for a new career in the residential property management industry. The five-week training program exposes students to the basic practices of leasing, helping them to develop the skills to be successful in the industry. The training includes classes on leasing workflow, sales strategies, online reputation management, the marketing mix and more. The last week of the program focuses on soft skills to prepare the students for transition into the property management field. In addition to the training, students receive one-on-one coaching and connections to the multifamily industry.

“In today's economy and workforce, this program addresses a crucial need – providing career opportunities for those who do not want to or cannot participate in the conventional college route,” said Candice Manning, director of Workforce Development and Training at MMHA. “Recognizing the evolving requirements of the job market, the LTA goes beyond the traditional approach. The program is designed not only to equip participants with technical know-how but also to address the broader and specific needs of the industry.”

Upon completion of the program, the LTA works with the students to identify and secure interview opportunities with reputable property management companies which often leads to jobs. The LTA serves as the liaison between the hiring company and the student to ensure a successful transition into their new roles. LTA graduates also have a professional mentor who provides additional guidance and support after they enter the industry.

MMHA first launched the LTA program in Prince George’s County. Since its launch in 2023, 50 students have participated in the program, and nearly 65 percent accepted a full-time position from one of the program partners upon graduation.

“We saw incredible success in Prince George’s County and are confident the program will be just as successful in Baltimore County,” added Manning. “There is a need for quality candidates in the housing field, and our program is helping to fill that void while creating a meaningful experience for program participants.”

The LTA is open to Baltimore County residents aged 18 or older. Applications are now being accepted for the first Baltimore County cohort, which launches May 6, 2024.

The Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA) is a professional trade association established in 1996, whose membership consists of owners and managers of more than 215,228 rental housing homes in more than 997 apartment communities. Our members house over 561,000 residents of the State of Maryland throughout the entire State of Maryland. MMHA membership also includes more than 221 associate members that supply goods and services to the multi-housing industry.

LTA Academy Placement Partners:

• Allen & Rocks

• Cove Property Management

• Dweck Properties

• Enterprise Residential

• Grady Management

• Kettler

• Legacy Residential

• LiveBe

• Morgan

• Murn Properties

• Quest Management Group

• Ross Companies

• Southern Management

• The Donaldson Group

• WPM Real Estate Management

• Bozzuto

• Sage Ventures

• RPM Living

• Gold Oller

• Signature

• Planned Companies

• Gates Hudson


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