• January 15, 2021
 UTEP, Airport Partnership helps Commercial Real Estate Student Experience

“The students are conducting research and creating marketing and property development plans for the real estate parcels that lay within the nearly 7,000 acres of airport-owned property.” | Photo courtesy EPIA

UTEP, Airport Partnership helps Commercial Real Estate Student Experience

Thursday afternoon, officials with The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) announced their partnership with the El Paso International Airport (EPIA).

The partnership helps to provide real-world experience to College of Business Administration students enrolled in the Commercial Real Estate minor.

“This is a win-win partnership for both the students who are receiving a high-quality experience and education at UTEP and for the airport, which welcomes the partnership to help support our economic growth, which is beneficial for the entire community,” said Sam Rodriguez, El Paso Aviation Director.

“We are looking forward to this collaborative future and the economic prosperity potential it can bring for our tri-state, binational region.”

Throughout the fall 2020 semester, UTEP commercial real estate students have been working alongside EPIA staff in the Aviation Development and Properties Division to assess available commercial real estate located on airport property.

“This partnership with EPIA enables us to deliver a valuable, timely and relevant experiential learning opportunity for our students. It also allows students to apply their talents and make an impact in the community,” said James Payne, Ph.D., dean of UTEP’s College of Business Administration.

Officials add that students taking advantage of this opportunity are benefiting from being able to learn from experienced aviation development professionals while gaining hands-on skills in commercial real estate development processes.

The students are conducting research and creating marketing and property development plans for the real estate parcels that lay within the nearly 7,000 acres of airport-owned property.

Those plans will be presented to EPIA staff.

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