Students from La Salle University complete their clinical experience at Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill
Education is the basis for success, and Masonic Villages is proud to help young students build strong foundations for bright futures. Working with local schools and universities, we welcome students seeking internships and job shadow experiences.
In 2019, across the state, interns joined us in the public relations, marketing and maintenance departments and at the Masonic Village Farm. In clinical settings, including the Adult Daily Living Center and Baird Wellness Center, and in the nutrition services, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, music therapy, therapeutic recreation, food services, social services, hospice, environmental services and health care administration departments, staff supervised 270 students for more than 6,543 hours – time valued at approximately $41,731*.
Included in the values above, students from University of Sciences, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Penn State York, Lancaster Career and Technology Center, Drexel University, La Salle University, Prism Career Institute, Successful Aging Career Institute, Beaver County Career and Technology Center, Pittsburgh Technical College and Community College of Beaver County completed public health clinicals with Masonic Villages. For several years, Masonic Village at Elizabethtown has teamed up with Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 to offer students internships and real world job experiences in environmental services. We hosted 32 students from here, as well as two from the Vista School, in 2019.
In a partnership with Elizabethtown College, biology students have the opportunity to earn a 40-hour CNA certification, which includes classwork, direct interaction with residents and a competency test.
Sixteen Plymouth Whitemarsh High School Life Skills students worked with Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill’s food services and environmental services departments at the start of the fall school semester.
Masonic Village’s food services departments in Lafayette Hill and Elizabethtown hosted students from Philabundance, Job Corps and Lancaster Career and Technology Center and provided feedback on the programs so students and instructors are aware of industry standards that have changed to ensure they’re producing a qualified workforce.
As part of a Job Shadow Day on Oct. 18, Masonic Village at Elizabethtown hosted 43 Elizabethtown Area High School students interested in learning about careers at Masonic Village, including nursing, pharmacy, cosmetology, culinary, physical and occupational therapy, security, finance, social services and others. Staff volunteered to help with the high school’s mock interviews as part of its Pathways Program
*Based on national community benefits reporting standards, 20% of staff time overseeing students in a clinical setting may be quantified as a community benefit.
For the fifth year, Masonic Village collaborated with the physical therapy department at Misericordia University on a Balance & Fall Prevention Program. The residents work one-on-one with graduate students each week, completing an initial assessment, exercising weekly and then completing a final assessment at the end of the program. Students gain real world experience, and residents have seen the health benefits in balance and strength, as well as reducing their fear of falling.