Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

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, SCSEP provides training for low-income, unemployed seniors. Participants also have access to employment assistance through American Job Centers/Minnesota CareerForce system.

SCSEP participants gain work experience through paid community service assignments at non-profit and public facilities. The program provides over 40 million community service hours national to public and non-profit agencies, allowing them to enhance and provide needed services.  Participants work an average of 20 hours a week, and are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage. This training serves as a bridge to unsubsidized employment opportunities for participants.

Qualifications of Participants

  • Participants must be at least 55 & unemployed
  • Have a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty

Enrollment Priority is Given To

  • Veterans and qualified spouses
  • Individuals who are over 65
  • Have a disability
  • Have low literacy skills or limited English proficiency
  • Reside in a rural area
  • Homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Have low employment prospects
  • Have failed to find employment after using services through the American Job Center/Minnesota CareerForce system

When public health restrictions ease, we will be open by appointment to the public.  We are working remotely at the moment so in the meantime, interested applicants can contact Leslie directly.