Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida and Shell Point Retirement Community hosted a partnership program Friday introducing selected and interested Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) students to career opportunities within Southwest Florida’s senior living communities.

The first-of-its-kind joint program was the brainchild of Lee FP President Doug Dodson (whose organization oversees development of the Cypress Cove Life Care Community) and by Shell Point President Martin Schappell.

Sen Lizbeth Benaquisto (R-Fort Myers, 27th District), a leading supporter of senior living development in Southwest Florida, was among those leaders meeting with and explaining to prospective FGCU graduates the “short and long-term opportunities for them within this region.

“We would like to see many of these students stay here, build their careers and their families in Southwest Florida,” Benzquisto said.  “Communities such as Cypress Cove and Shell Point are always in search of high quality talented individuals to fill open positions.
What better place, she indicated, than to draw students from are educational institutions. “Our local university are really top in the state in Health Sciences and Administration education. So today, was an opportunity for show some of these students the gems in senior living that are near and available to them.”