SCSEP is Celebrating 50 Years!


The SCSEP 50th Anniversary Grantee Conference is being planned and held by grantees for grantees and other stakeholders in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.  This conference brings together state and national grantee staff as well as others in the field of aging, employment, and training. Everyone will benefit from two and 3/4 days of training, sharing, networking, and celebrating in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 30, and May 1, 2015.



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Overview of the Senior Community Service Employment Program


The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based training program for older workers. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides subsidized, service-based training for low-income persons 55 or older who are unemployed and have poor employment prospects. Participants have access to both SCSEP services and other employment assistance through American Job Centers, formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers.

























The goal of SCSEP


SCSEP provides both community services and work-based training. Participants work an average of 20 hours a week and are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage. They are placed in a wide variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities, including day-care centers, senior centers, schools, and hospitals. It is intended that community service training serves as a bridge to unsubsidized employment opportunities; SCSEP's goal is to place 30% of its authorized positions into unsubsidized employment annually.


Available Services


Services available through the SCSEP program for assisting older workers are:


Community Services - the program provides over 40 million community service hours to public and non-profit agencies, allowing them to enhance and provide needed services


Participant Services - Individual Employment Plan (IEP) development, orientation, community service placement, training specific to community service assignment, other training as identified in the IEP, supportive services, wages, fringe benefits, annual physicals, assistance in securing unsubsidized employment, and access to local American Job Centers, formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers.


Eligible Participants


Program participants must be at least 55, unemployed, and have a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level.


Program Funding


SCSEP is funded for Program Year 2013 at $424,804,974, which represents a 5% decrease from PY 2012. Twenty-two percent of the funds are allocated among the states and territories by formula; 78% are provided to national organizations that compete to provide services. Grantees must provide a 10% non-federal match. To maximize resources for older workers, SCSEP grantees have established agreements with other service providers such as American Job Centers, formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers, the private sector, educational organizations, and adult literacy agencies.




There are currently 71 grantees. Grant awards are made to 15 national nonprofit organizations and 56 units of state and territorial governments. States often sub-grant with Area Agencies on Aging or community-based organizations to operate local projects.


Number of Grantees


43,809 authorized positions were funded for the 2013 program year. Last year, SCSEP served nearly 68,000 older Americans.


Performance Data


For the 2012 Program Year (July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013), SCSEP had the following performance indicators:


    Total number of enrolled participants: 69,800

    Unsubsidized placement: 42.5%%

    Service rate: 152.8%

    Women: 65%

    Minorities: 46%

    At or below poverty level: 88%


For Further Information


Regarding SCSEP programs in your area: contact your local American Job Centers, formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers, through the Toll-Free Help Line at 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627), or use America's Service Locator.



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