"During my first year as a Benchmark Associate, I had so many opportunities to learn new skills, and I attended and graduated from Benchmark University faculty training and leadership programs. I am happy to be part of a company that truly supports my growth."
-Director of Community Relations
Benchmark's professional development component is perhaps our greatest area of pride, growth, and success. Although a young company, we have built an entire corporate university that is second-to-none in the assisted living industry. Benchmark lets its associates know that it wants to see them grow, and that it has dedicated extensive time and financial resources to achieving this goal. For that reason, Benchmark University was created and is available to all associates at all times.
Benchmark University is designed in two distinct learning models: The Leadership Academy, which provides executive and management development experiences for our highest potential leaders; and The Program for Excellence, which is a skills-based series of courses, workshops, seminars, and experiential learning programs for all associates.
In 2006 we created and launched our Management Development Program (MDP) which was recognized in 2008 by The Assisted Living Federation of America as a groundbreaking new program in our industry. Via this initiative, we are educating all of our leaders to - put it simply - lead. Our MDP begins by educating our leaders on industry history and surrounding issues (legislation, governing structures, etc. that we operate within). Our MDP enables new leaders a minimum of a full month to learn this sort of information - and - to visit / tour / shadow roles at our own facilities before stepping into their own official facility / community.