The Stephen H. Montgomery Employee Training and Education Fund

In 2008, resident Hank Kremer and his wife Joyce generously funded the Nurse Education fund at Williamsburg Landing. The fund was to provide training for Woodhaven nurses to encourage compassionate care. It was such a success, that some years later the Board of Williamsburg Landing determined that it would be beneficial for these training opportunities to be available to all employees, not just nurses. The Employee Training and Education Fund was created in the spring of 2016, as Steve Montgomery was approaching retirement. As a gift to Steve in recognition for his leadership and support of Williamsburg Landing employees, the fund was named in his honor.

Since that time, nearly $105,000 has been raised for Employee Training, which is being put to use by employees all over our campus.

Just recently, we celebrated the success of Juanita Parks in our Business Office as she earned her Certified Public Accounting designation. Not only did she pass all four sections of the test, she passed on the first try! Congratulations to Juanita on her success!

Juanita isn’t our only success story. Stacie McCowan, one of our chefs, is earning her degree in Hospitality Management which expands her skill and understanding, which she can then use to strengthen our Culinary team. Du Shawn Hooks, currently in Culinary, has earned a personal training designation. Sheila Mayes, after many years with a LPN degree, is becoming a Registered Nurse.

Not only are we helping individuals pursue their dreams, we are expanding the educational options in Williamsburg. A growing concern is how Williamsburg Landing will fill the hands-on caregiving positions we will have after our expansion.  One way is by offering a Certified Nursing Assistant class in partnership with Thomas Nelson Community College. We hope to graduate another class of seven to ten CNAs shortly - a class we can offer every year.

Specialized education and training for our employees is a ‘win’ on so many levels.  For the employee, it provides self-confidence and opportunities for advancement.  For the resident, it means we have the most qualified employee available. And for Williamsburg Landing, it means a tremendous boost in employee satisfaction and loyalty. After all, in these challenging times, this ability to encourage learning and growth is nearly unheard of – it sets us apart.

It is thanks to the many residents who have given to the fund that we can provide these opportunities.

Photo credit: Foter.com