Employee Development & Retention

Developing Current Employees

  1. Encourage employees to review this tip sheet on Growing Your Career.
  2. Those looking for a more intensive program should consider the USC – Leonard Davis School of Gerontology’s Scholarship for CALA Members. The recipient is able to select the Master’s program that best suits their needs, experience, and interests. The scholarship is valued at up to $80,000.
  3. To help key team members further their knowledge-base, add them to the CALA Update e-newsletter distribution list. Email CALA with community, name, title and email address.

Learning Partners

In addition to accessing continuing education sessions at CALA’s two annual conferences, those looking to develop the job skills and/or advancement opportunities for employees should look into these resources:

Certified Director of Assisted Living

Affiliated with Argentum, the Senior Living Certification Commission offers the Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) credential. A CDAL demonstrates competency in their role as a community leader and commitment to the highest quality of service in senior living.

As a state partner of Argentum, CALA members are eligible to receive up to a $175 discount off of the CDAL package.

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Executive Director of Assisted Living Certificate Course

Argentum offers the Executive Director of Assisted Living (EDAL) Certificate Course. Gather insight and best practices in 16 different learning modules, each designed to provide current executive directors, and those aspiring to become executive directors, with the fundamental information required to effectively lead a senior living community.

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Washington State University Senior Living Management Program

The online, on-demand non-credit Senior Living Management certificate program is open to those interested in further enhancing their knowledge and skills. Topics include Operations, Financial Management, Risk and Regulation, and Sales and Marketing, among others.

CALA members receive a 10% discount on course registration (enter this code on the registration page: CALACougSLM10).

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