The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a paid community service and work based training program for income eligible job seekers age 55+. The only U.S. Department of Labor funded program authorized by the Older Americans Act, SCSEP provides service-based training at local non-profit and public organizations. Each SCSEP participant provides an average of 20 community service hours per week to prepare for unsubsidized opportunities with our employer network.
Employers, non-profit organizations and job seekers are encouraged to connect with the SCSEP provider serving your county.
Job seekers also may determine their eligibility by applying online through the Ohio Benefit Bank™.
Ohio SCSEP Team
The Department of Aging works with the SCSEP providers to implement Ohio's Integrated Workforce Plan and promote overall system changes that help SCSEP participants and all older workers continue to grow, thrive and contribute to Ohio's economy and workforce. The Ohio SCSEP is funded at approximately $18.2 million, providing 1,923 authorized SCSEP positions for the current program year (2013). Provider funding is allocated by a formula: 20 percent of funds are allocated to the state, and 80 percent to national organizations that compete to provide services at the county level. National providers in Ohio include:
Federal guidelines give priority to participants who are veterans, spouses of veterans, those over 65, minorities and those with limited English or literacy. During the last program year (ending June 30, 2013), 3,198 participants provided 1,453,697 hours of community service and enjoyed a 50 percent entered employment rate. The number served included these target populations:
- Individuals at or below the poverty level: 2,320
- Veterans: 295
- People with disabilities: 263
- Individuals residing in rural areas: 592
- Individuals who were homeless or at risk of homelessness: 1,015
To qualify for SCSEP, participants must be 55 or older, residents of Ohio and income-eligible. The combined incomes of all family members must not exceed the following:
|2014 Poverty Guidelines (125 percent)
|For families of more than eight, add $5,075 for each additional person.
* Not all income applies - call for details.
OhioMeansJobs.com - Ohio's comprehensive job search website lists opportunities from all of the major commercial job boards, niche industries, national and Ohio fortune 100 companies and state of Ohio jobs.
JobSource - This free service of the National Council on Aging helps older adults define their skills, get training and find a job.
OhioHereToHelp.com - Provided by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, this resource helps Ohio's unemployed workers learn about resources available to them from both the government and private sectors.
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