SCADpro team member Suzaan Steyn said the program highlights Atlanta history while introducing Compass to the community.
“Our research team reached out to about 40 properties to see who would want to be a part of this, and we included those who were open and welcoming,” she said. “We also partnered with the Atlanta Preservation Center on that.”
For student Emma Herseth, learning about the city was as important as sharpening her creative skills.
“It became really clear that Atlanta is a place that respects history and legacy,” she said. “I loved learning about Ivy Hall and the Swan House. But it was also important to see how my skills translate to the workplace. I learned how to manage a creative team, to guide a project with creative individuals who have brilliant ideas and to hone everything down to a refined, polished idea.”
Giving students real-world practice is SCADpro’s prime goal, said Professor Margot Ecke.
“It’s saying goodbye to the academic world and hello to the professional world,” she said. “The success rate of finding jobs after SCADpro is enticing for students who can put the experience on their LinkedIn profiles and look fabulous.”
The project also inspired Page to offer internships for the first time. “The company doesn’t typically do that, but it was important for us to give students the opportunity to learn that real estate isn’t just selling homes,” he said. “It’s marketing, finance, law and technology. They learned that, and we learned from them. We taught each other.”
Information about The Atlanta Legacy Trail is online at atlantalegacytrail.com.
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