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3 Management Tips That Create A Rockstar Leasing Team

We asked COCM’s Student Housing Marketing expert, Brittany Pieper, for her top three management tips to create an amazing leasing team. There are so many things you can do day-in and day-out, but implement these three first — and see the difference in your student housing success. Serve More Than You Take Serve more of…

Top Channels for Communicating with Students – with Mellissa Taylor

During her tenure at COCM, Mellissa Taylor quickly became known among students as The Housing Lady. So, what did she learn as the face and voice of student housing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham? How have those lessons around communicating with students carried over to her current role in higher ed?Mellissa serves as…

Ribbon Cutting at UMass Boston’s New Residence Hall

UMass Boston excited to open its first-ever residence Students now can truly call UMass Boston home. This past Tuesday, Mayor Walsh, Interim Chancellor Katherine Newman, University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan, local elected officials and university supporters gathered to celebrate a ribbon cutting for the very first residence hall at the University of Massachusetts, Boston…

Going Above and Beyond for Students

Marshall University, one of COCM’s campus partners, planned a surprise for one of their students this past week at graduation. Claudia Lea, one of over 1700 students graduating, was taken aback when Marshall University’s president, Jerome Gilbert, announced that her father, Major Brett Lea, had recorded a video to share from Germany where he was…

Student Housing Coming to Terra State Community College

COCM is pleased to announce that it will become the management partner for Terra State Community College’s first on-campus housing, The Landings at Terra Village. Opening in Fall 2018, Terra State, located in Fremont, is one of the only community colleges in the state of Ohio to offer on-campus housing for students. Click here to read…

“Can the middle class afford college?”

Jeff Selingo’s recent article in the Washington Post entitled “Can the middle class afford college?” brought to light, very sobering and disheartening facts for middle Americans striving to earn a higher education degree and balance the crucial financial component. An excerpt from the article, raises the point of the discussion by My. Selingo “as college prices continue…

“Skipping the College Tour”

A recent article in the New York Times advises families to “Skip the College Tour.”  Many students and their families count on the college tour to give them a feel for what campus is like, and some even say that the tour sealed the deal on their college choice. Experts in psychology and behavior economists…

COCM Cares!

COCM celebrates a “Capstone Cares” week each year, where we unite as a company to give back to our local community. This year, employees from COCM’s home office and their family members, spent a day at Oliver Elementary School in Birmingham, Alabama helping with a variety of projects. Traffic flow “Lion Paws” were painted on…

Winners of the Move-In Photo Contest!

We wanted to announce the winners of the 2016 move-in photo contest!  This was a seriously tough task with all of the submissions we had.  So we went with four that really displayed the spirit of great housing staffs during this crazy time.  They were all photos anyone reading this blog can relate to, laugh…

Helping A Friend Affected By The Louisiana Floods

Provident Resources Group is a Baton Rouge, LA, based nonprofit foundation that partners with universities to deliver on-campus student housing communities.  COCM has the privilege of managing Provident communities at Montclair State University, Towson University, the University of Florida, Western University of Health Sciences, and Marshall University.  The recent Baton Rouge floods took virtually everything…