Last June, Kendal~Crosslands Communities created a new and innovative staff benefit – – a tuition assistance program exclusively for their high school student culinary staff members. In the first year, they are happy to report that most of their twenty-one graduating high school staff members received $1,000.00 towards their future college or trade school education.

“As a prominent employer in Chester County for the last 50 years, Kendal~Crosslands Communities is honored to employ thousands of area high school students, says Lisa Marsilio, Chief Executive Officer. “With our new program, the graduating high school staff member can use their job experience to springboard their careers, and we are happy to help them do that with a unique education assistance program just for them,” says Marsilio. Some staff members attended area high schools such as Kennett, Unionville, Avon Grove, Technical College High School, Oxford, and Henderson and worked in the senior community.

“We have many high school students who work in our Culinary Department,” says John Platt, Director of Culinary Services. “This new program allows for every month a high student works, earning one credit, and each credit is worth $100. We put aside the money towards their future college and trade school education and award it at the end of their high school years”, says Platt. The community pays directly to the institution of the student’s choice. In the Fall, some staff will attend nearby West Chester University or St. Joseph’s University, and some will attend George Washington University and New York University.

Culinary staff person

“When I got the notice I would receive $1,000 towards my future education, I was so happy”, says Grace, a graduating high school senior who will attend The University of Pittsburgh in the Fall. “I’m majoring in nursing, and since I love working at Kendal, I’ll be back,” says Grace.

“In addition to free meals and uniforms, flexible schedules that work around school and extracurricular activities, our high school student staff members make lifelong friends and enjoy the welcoming work environment,” says Platt.

Now that these staff members have graduated high school, if they continue to work part-time, they can enjoy the benefits of the community’s traditional tuition assistance program for staff members (who have already graduated from high school). Some staff members use their experience to begin their careers in the Culinary field, remain within the department after high school, and work their way to other positions. Others start their career in Culinary, and after high school, they attend a nursing school to enhance their career within their Health Services Department. Whatever the aspiration, Kendal~Crosslands Communities can meet the career needs of their staff members with various career types.

The community seeks culinary persons to work in their dining room as servers or coffee shop/café attendants, cooks, and dishwashers. If you or someone you know is interested, check out their website for more information.