Senior Community Service Employment Program

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a federal job training program for unemployed low-income seniors age 55 or older who face barriers to employment. SCSEP places seniors in part-time paid community service assignments for on-the-job training. SCSEP is sometimes called the Senior Aides Program. The program has existed in Knoxville for many years and has just recently joined the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee, finding a home in the CAC Office on Aging.

The goal of SCSEP is to give unemployed senior workers the job-search skills, work experience, and up to 48 months of training to prepare them to find unsubsidized jobs in the private sector. The program also promotes senior workers as a valuable resource for employers.

SCSEP is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and administered by the Senior Service America, Inc.

For seniors who:

  • Are 55 or older
  • Are unemployed
  • Are legally able to work in the U.S.
  • Have total family incomes no greater than 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

Priority is given to:

  • Seniors over 60
  • Veterans and qualified spouses of veterans
  • Minority, limited English-speaking, and Native American seniors
  • Seniors with disabilities
  • Seniors with the greatest need.

Please contact Brenda W. Tate or Frankie Slay at the Office on Aging, (865) 524-2786 for more information.