If you're an older American struggling to find a job, or looking for the next step in your career, this program might help. The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides training and work experience to low-income people over 55 that can help them get back into the workforce—or back out of it, if they prefer!

How Does it Work?

  • SCSEP is a federal program that provides job training and employment opportunities for low-income, unemployed adults 55 and older. It is operated by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
  • DOL contracts with local public agencies to operate local projects (known as SCSEP Employers) that provide these services to eligible applicants in their communities.
  • Individuals who apply will be given a one-on-one meeting with an employment counselor who can help them assess their skills, interests, work experience and other factors related to their ability to find or keep a job; determine which types of jobs are likely to be available; develop a strategy for applying for jobs; set personal goals; identify barriers they may face in finding work or keeping it; access community resources that might help them achieve those goals; complete assessments (such as literacy skills tests) so they can get appropriate training if needed; create resumes or cover letters if necessary; practice interviewing techniques before going on interviews with prospective employers; obtain job referrals from SCSEP Employers; receive ongoing support from the counselor after finding employment until they are able through self-sufficiency

What are the Benefits of This Program?

The SCSEP job program is a great way to gain skills and experience, earn money, get a job that pays more than you’re making now and even get health insurance benefits. You’ll also have the opportunity to work full-time or part-time in your field of expertise.

You can choose from several different types of jobs:

  • Part-Time Jobs: You will work about 20 hours per week at an hourly rate of $10 dollars per hour. Your employer may offer health insurance coverage as part of their benefits package!
  • Full-Time Jobs: As a full time employee, you’ll receive health care benefits as well as paid vacation time!
  • Jobs with Benefits: If this is what you want out of your career then no worries! With the SCSEP program there are many opportunities for those who want it all – both paid vacations and health insurance coverage throughout their career path!

Getting Back Into the Workforce

Participants receive on-the-job training that leads to a certificate or academic credit hours toward an associate degree in business administration or office technology. They also receive an hourly wage while they are receiving the training. Once they complete their course work, they then have access to subsidized employment at community service organizations (such as local community centers) where they can use their skills in activities such as tutoring children with disabilities, helping veterans apply for benefits or working with seniors at nursing homes and senior centers.


The SCSEP is a great program for those older Americans who don’t want to retire and are looking to get back into the workforce! This program offers many benefits including paid training, job placement with local nonprofits, private employers, or government agencies, as well as useful skills such as computer literacy. If you would like more information on how this program can work for you then reach out to your local American Job Center today

May 30, 2022

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