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WHAT A program by the United States Department of Labor that provides service-based employment training for senior, older workers.
WHY To provide subsidized, service-based training for low-income seniors 55 or older who are unemployed and have poor employment prospects.
WHEREUnited States Department of Labor.
Authorized by the Older Americans Act.
Across the United States.

Program Description

Seniors in the "Senior Community Service Employment" (SCSEP) Program have access to both SCSEP services and other employment assistance through One-Stop Career Centers.

Senior citizens work an average of 20 hours a week, and are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage.

Seniors are placed in a wide variety of community service positions at non-profit and public facilities, including day care centers, senior centers, governmental agencies, schools, hospitals, libraries and landscaping centers. Additional training through lectures, seminars, one-on-one instruction, training programs, or community colleges may be available.

The hope is that community service training serves as a bridge for seniors to gain unsubsidized employment opportunities in the future.

Services available through the SCSEP program for assisting older workers are:

* Community Services - the program provides over 40 million community service hours to public and non-profit agencies, allowing them to enhance and provide needed services.

* Participant Services - Individual Employment Plan (IEP) development, orientation, community service placement, training specific to community service assignment, other training as identified in the IEP, supportive services, wages, fringe benefits, annual physicals, assistance in securing unsubsidized employment, and access to local One-Stop Career Centers.

Program participants must be at least 55 and have a family income of no more than 25% over the Federal poverty level.

Enrollment priority is given to seniors over age 60, veterans, and qualified spouses of veterans. Preference is given to minority, limited English-speaking, and Indian eligible individuals. Preference is also given to eligible individuals who have the greatest economic need.

To find the "SCSEP" Program in your area contact your local One-Stop Career Center through tor call 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627)

There are 18 national nonprofit organizations which the "SCSEP" Program is administered through along with multiple State organzations.

The 18 national grantees include:

-AARP Foundation
-Institute for Indian Development, Inc.
-Easter Seals, Inc.
-Experience Works, Inc.
-National Able Network
-National Asian Pacific Center on Aging
-Asociación Nacional Pro Personas Mayores
-Mature Services, Inc.   
-Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
-National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc.
-National Council on the Aging, Inc.
-National Indian Council on Aging
-National Urban League
-Quality Career Services, Inc.
-Senior Service America, Inc.
-SER – Jobs for Progress National, Inc.
-Vermont Associates for Training and Development, Inc.
-The Workplace, Inc.




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