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.