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We can help you get the training you need to re-enter the workplace.

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TNCSA works with a variety of host agencies to provide a mix of unique training opportunities

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is an employment training program for low-income, unemployed, individuals aged 55 years and older.  The program provides subsidized, part-time work experience for a limited time through community service to obtain skills necessary for permanent employment.  Participants in the program learn new skills and talents, or enhance existing ones through valuable work experience and other training to become competitive in today’s workforce. Counties served by SCSEP through TNCSA include Cheatham, Dyer, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Obion, Steward and Obion.

 


 

The major goals of SCSEP are to foster self-sufficiency in eligible individuals and promote useful part-time community service activities that increase the scope of available services.  Individuals must meet specific requirements to be eligible.  They must be:  1) a legal resident of Tennessee; 2) 55 years of age or older; 3) unemployed; and 4) have a family income at no more than 125% of the federal poverty level. 

SCSEP is designed for those who are not job-ready, but are low-skilled, and have a family income that falls under 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Individuals enrolling in the SCSEP program have a need for further education or training to perform work that is available in the local Tennessee labor market. Examples of skills possessed by eligible individuals upon enrollment include: limited or no computer skills, outdated clerical and bookkeeping skills, custodial and homemaker skills, heavy-equipment operators, or no job skills.

SCSEP participants receive an assessment to determine individual need for training, supportive services, and potential for employment.  Eligible participants are closely matched with their personal goals and placed in a position in community service (nonprofit, public, or private sector) for approximately 20 hours per week.  Participants receive the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.  Other job-related training may consist of upgrading existing skills, developing new skills, limited educational opportunities, job counseling, and assistance in finding and keeping a job.  Training is often obtained through the local career center or other community organizations such as the local library.  Coaching is provided to assist participants in navigating needed resources available in the community such as subsidized housing, energy assistance, and human services programs.