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Professional Development Scholarships support our staff & the residents they serve


After working as Capitol Lakes’ Home Care Manager for about a year, Victoria Buechner approached the Capitol Lakes Foundation for a professional development scholarship to obtain her certification as a Senior Advisor. She recounts:


“Honestly, I had been wanting to earn this certification for the last 6 years, but it wasn’t until I came to Capitol Lakes that I found the support necessary to pursue the program. It’s nice to work for a place that’s willing to invest in your development.”

The Certified Senior Advisor program is an intense three week course with classes held twice a week for 8 hours each day followed by a certification exam. The course covers topics like the journey of aging, health transitions, quality of life choices, financial and estate planning, federal and state programs for retirement and health care, and essential ethics for working with older adults.


"A big part of Victoria’s job is to work with residents and their families to get them the help they need with the tasks of daily living,” says her supervisor and Resident Life Director, Natasha Killian. “I was impressed at Victoria’s initiative to obtain this certification which will allow her to better advise and engage with her clients on their experience with aging. And I am grateful to the Capitol Lakes Foundation for providing the funding to make this possible for Victoria and by extension our residents.”

Your Capitol Lakes Foundation is committed to funding programs that retain great team members like Victoria. As she begins to study for her certification exam, Buechner reflects on what this support means for her.


“Of all the places I’ve worked, this is the best. I want to retire from here.”
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