Realtor Cyndi De Palermo, graduate of COM’s Real Estate Academy, says she enjoyed the affordable fast-track program that prepared her to enter the field that she still loves after 29 years in the business.

“It was convenient,” the League City resident said. “It was also a financial decision. I wanted to get it done quickly.”

The affordable program and personal instruction helped her learn the business. “[Instructor] Rich Nowak was inspirational and motivating," she said. "It was always interesting to hear the story behind the lesson."

She has sold homes to countless residents. “Now I’m selling homes to my first clients’ children,” she said.

COM’s fast-track Real Estate Academy prepares students to take the licensing exam in as little as eight to 10 weeks. Classes begin Aug. 27 and are offered mornings or evenings in two-week modules that may be taken in any order. For more information, call the North County Learning Center at 281-332-1800.