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The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a work-training program designed to help older, economically disadvantaged individuals find employment. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Older Americans Act requires that the participants must be 55 years of age or older, able to work, and be within the government income guidelines. Participants of SCSEP are assigned to work in a temporary position at a host agency, usually work 20 to 25 hours per week and receive the equivalent of the Federal minimum wage.

The goal of the program is to help participants develop their work capabilities and obtain permanent job opportunities, either with the assigned host agency or in the private sector. Participants work in services for either the general community or for the elderly. In addition to the training wage, participants receive an annual physical examination as well as personal and job related counseling.

The Senior Employment Program Offers:

  • Job Search Clubs
    Sharpening job search skills through successful job seeking techniques and building confidence by group interaction and individual assistance.
  • Classroom Training
    Learning new skills or achieving high school equivalency, free of charge, by attending classes at a local community college or other educational facility.
  • Job Placement Assistance
    Assistance in identifying job openings, making job referrals and employer contacts.
  • On the Job Training
    Learning new job skills while actually working on a job.
  • Supportive Services
    Benefits such as mileage reimbursement to help with job search costs; as well as assistance in paying for glasses, dentures, and other services to help make the older worker more employable and self-confident.
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
    Working part-time in a community service job to earn extra income and upgrade job skills to compete in the labor market.
The Key to Success:

The older job seeker has many assets that are valuable to employers--assets of which he/she may not even be aware.

Dependability -- a lower rate of absenteeism

Experience -- an array of business-related skills

Stability -- loyalty and permanence

Productivity -- a history of proven capability

These are the exact same qualities that Southside Virginia employers look for in job applicants.
To Qualify, Participants Must Be:
  • 55 years of age or older
  • A resident of Brunswick, Halifax or Mecklenburg Counties
  • Unemployed or under-employed
  • Within income guidelines
For more information, contact:

Donna Waller
Senior Employment Specialist

Or visit:

Lake Country Area Agency on Aging
1105 West Danville St.
South Hill, Virginia 23970

Phone (434) 447-7661 - Fax (434) 447-4074
Toll Free 1-800-252-4464 (Within VA.)
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