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Senior Community Service Employment Program

Are you at least 55 years of age and looking for a job? This might be the perfect program for you! According to U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration, the Senior Community Service Employment Program is a community service and work based training program for older workers. The program was authorized by Congress in Title V of the Older Americans Act of 1965 to provide subsidized, part-time, community service work based training for low-income persons age 55 or older who have poor employment prospects. SCSEPs goal is to increase employment opportunities for older Americans. Older workers are a valuable resource for any business seeking a trained, qualified, and reliable workforce. This program provides more than 40 million community service hours to public and non-profit agencies, allowing them to enhance and provide needed services. SCSEP, also referred to as the Title V Program, is intended to provide and encourage useful training opportunities in community service employment for older workers, and assists in the transition of those enrolled in the program to private or other unsubsidized job placements. Program participants for 2008 must have a family income of no more than $13,000 for a single person, $17,500 for a family of two, and $22,000 for a family of three, etc. Verification of income is required. Enrollment priority is given to persons older than age 60, veterans, and qualified spouses of veterans. Preference is given to eligible individuals who have the greatest economic need, minorities, limited English-speaking, and Indian eligible individuals. Program participants work an average of 20 hours a week, and are paid the highest of Federal, State or local minimum wage, or the prevailing wage. They are placed in a wide variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities, including daycare centers, senior centers, schools and hospitals. For example, participants have been placed locally at Clinton County Office for the Aging, American Red Cross, Senior Nutrition Centers, Clinton Community College, Churubusco Housing and Joint Council for Economic Opportunity. It is anticipated that these community service experiences will serve as a bridge to other employment positions that are not supported with Federal funds. The Senior Community Service Employment Program also provides a variety of supportive services such as an individual employment plan, orientation, community service placement, training specific to community service assignment, supportive services, wages, fringe benefits, annual physicals, assistance in securing unsubsidized employment, and access to One Work Source career resources. Those enrolled in SCSEP may work a maximum of 1,300 hours per year and average 20 to 25 hours per week. For more information about the SCSEP in Clinton County, call Ann Welch at 561-0430 ext. 3043.

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