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Senior Employment Training

What Services Are Available

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job training program for low-income , unemployed older adults. SCSEP participants gain work experience in a variety of community service activities at non-profit and government agencies. Participants work an average of 20 hours a week, and are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wages. This training serves as a bridge to unsubsidized employment opportunities for participants.

Who Can Get These Services

Participants must be at least 55 years of age or older, unemployed, and have a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level. Enrollment priority is given to individuals who are/have:

  • Veterans and qualified spouses
  • Over age 65
  • Disabled
  • Limited English proficiency or low literacy skills
  • Residing in a rural area
  • Homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Low employment prospects
  • Failed to find employment after using services through the American Job Center system

How To Find Services In My Area

The California Department of Aging SCSEP contracts with local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) as well as other contractors that coordinate a wide array of services to seniors and adults with disabilities.

You can locate the CDA SCSEP provider in your area by selecting your county on the Find Services in My County page of this website. Not all AAAs provide Senior Employment Training.