Senior Community Service Employment

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides training for low-income, unemployed seniors.

SCSEP participants gain work experience in a variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities, including schools, homeless shelters, daycare facilities, NC Works Career Centers and Senior Centers.

Participants train an average of 20 hours a week, and are paid minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. This training serves as a bridge to unsubsidized senior employment opportunities for participants.

Information about the Program

Who can participate?

  • Unemployed
  • Individuals aged 55 years or older
  • Income less than 125% of federal poverty level
  • Resident of Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly & Union Counties

Enrollment priority is given to veterans and qualified spouses. Priority is then given to individuals who are:

  • Over 65
  • Have a disability
  • Homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Low Literacy Skills
  • Limited English proficiency
  • Reside in a Rural Area, or
  • Have failed to find employment after using services through the local Career Center system (Division of Workforce Solutions, formerly Employment Security Commission)

The purpose of this senior employment training program is to provide people age 55 years and older with meaningful on-the-job training opportunities to prepare for permanent full- time or part-time employment.

Opportunities For Local Non-profits, Government Agencies and Employers

SCSEP participants offer a diverse skills set that can enhance your current workforce. SCSEP participants are committed, reliable, punctual and most of all – experienced. We are always looking for an opportunity to partner with local entities and offer a win/win solution for your senior employment needs.