Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

Columbiana County Department of Job and Family Services (CCDJFS) is proud to have this program as part of our commitment to help people in need.

What is the Senior Community Service Employment Program?

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a federal job training program for low-income workers age Fifty-five (55) or older who face barriers to employment. SCSEP places senior workers in part-time paid community service assignments for on-the-job training. SCSEP is sometimes called the Senior Aide Program.

The goal of the Senior Community Service Employment Program is to give unemployed senior workers the job search skills, work experience, and training they need to find unsubsidized jobs in the private sector. The program also promotes senior workers as a valuable resource for employers.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

For more detailed information about this SCSEP program, please visit the Senior Service America website.

Senior Community Service Employment Program FAQs

Who Operates SCSEP?
The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) administers SCSEP by awarding grants to 18 non-profit organizations (including Senior Service America, Inc.) and to each of 56 state and territorial governments. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging administers all OAA programs except SCSEP.
Who is Eligible for SCSEP?
SCSEP participants must be:


  • Fifty-five (55) or older
  • Legally eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Living in a household with income no more than 125 percent of the federal poverty level

Special consideration is given to people who are any of the following:

  • Sixty-five (65) and older
  • Have a disability
  • Have limited English proficiency or low literacy skills
  • Live in a rural area
  • Are a veteran
  • Have low employment prospects
  • Are homeless or at risk of homelessness
Who Are the SCSEP Participants?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in the Program Year ending June 30, 2009, 70% of all SCSEP participants were women, 48% were minority, and 89% had family incomes at or below the federal poverty level.
Am I eligible for SCSEP?

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is for senior workers who:

  • Are age Fifty-five (55) or older
  • Are legally able to work in the U.S.
    • Have total family income no greater than 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (download Federal Poverty Guidelines from the forms bin above)
      • For an individual, the 2012 income limit is $13,963
      • For a couple, the 2012 income limit is $18,913
  • For other family sizes, use 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Are able to perform the job tasks required by host agencies

Priority is given to:

  • Seniors over Sixty-five (65)
  • Veterans and qualified spouses of veterans
  • Minority, limited English-speaking, and Native American seniors
  • Seniors with disabilities
  • Seniors with the greatest need
What benefits will I get?

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) offers these benefits:

  • An assessment of your job aptitudes, job readiness, and job preferences
  • An Individualized Employment Plan (IEP) that you develop with a career counselor, outlining your employment goals and the services you will get
  • Paid on-the-job training in a community service assignment (senior center, school, library, etc.) for up to 20 hours per week at minimum wage
  • Referrals for support services such as food programs, housing assistance, and transportation
  • Confidential annual physical exams (not required for participation in the program, but available for free if you want them)
  • Job search training and resume assistance

The goal of SCSEP is to help you find a job in the private sector after you finish your training, and become financially self-sufficient.

How do I apply?

**Currently Columbiana County is at full capacity for Senior Aide Employment. If you are interested in being on our waiting list, please fill out the Senior Aide Waiting List Information Form above and mail it to:

CCDJFS Human Resources Department
Attention:  HR Office
7989 Dickey Drive, Suite 2
Lisbon, Ohio 44432

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You may fax it to:

Thank you in advance for your interest.