Barry University launches new program to prepare students for mortgage banking careers in South Florida 

Apr 03, 2023. 5 min read

(MIAMI, FL) — Barry University, the Mortgage Bankers Association and Lennar Mortgage have teamed up to provide students with hands-on training to prepare them for careers in South Florida’s hot real estate market. The new mortgage banking certificate program centers on learning practical industry processes, while providing students with internships and networking opportunities with mortgage banking leaders. 

“South Florida boasts a robust real estate market, a diverse population, and is a hotbed for talented professionals interested in real estate finance,” Mortgage Bankers Association President and CEO Bob Broeksmit said. “We are excited to partner with Barry University and Lennar Mortgage to launch a formal college certificate program that will give students the opportunity to have a successful and fulfilling career in our industry.”  

The program introduces students to essential functions in the mortgage banking industry such as loan products, compliance, marketing, servicing, technology, as well as how the industry impacts the economy. Students will have access to internships and networking opportunities at TD Bank, Novus Home Mortgage, U.S. Bank, Fannie Mae, Marine Bank & Trust, and Lennar Mortgage.  

“Real estate finance is the industry that facilitates the American dream of homeownership, generational wealth-building, and the community benefits that come with it,” Lennar Mortgage President Laura Escobar said. “We are thrilled to team up with Barry University and the Mortgage Bankers Association to open doors for those interested in pursuing a career in real estate finance. Our goal is to educate students about the many career paths available, remove barriers to entering the industry and prepare them with the skills needed to succeed in this exciting industry.”  

“Experiential learning goes to the heart of what Barry is doing to prepare our students for the future workforce, Barry University President Mike Allen said. “ We are grateful for this incredible partnership with two industry leaders, who will provide our students with high-level knowledge and training for careers in mortgage banking.”   
With financial support from the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Lennar Foundation, students will be eligible for full tuition waivers. For more information about the program, please contact Tiffani Malvin, Barry University’s director of continuing education and portfolio program at 305-899-4081 or 

About Barry University: As South Florida’s largest private Catholic institution of higher learning and as one of the leading universities in the nation for promoting social mobility, Barry University is preparing students for the future workforce by offering them more than 100 degree programs in a variety of disciplines and giving them the tools and real-world experience that transform concepts into impact. Barry's programs center on experiential and service learning, responding to market conditions and addressing critical societal needs. Barry graduates are socially conscious leaders in many industries and in their communities. Learn more at 

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