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The Ohio Department of Aging

Ohio Department of Aging Senior Community Service Employment Program


SCSEP 50th AnniversaryThe 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™.

The SCSEP Team

The Ohio Department of Aging, along with the Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Board of Regents, Ohio Development Services Agency, SCSEP providers, and local workforce and aging network partners work together to ensure that older individuals receive workforce training and community supports to prepare them to reenter and advance in the labor market and become a workforce solution for employers.

For the first time, Ohio has submitted a single, unified plan to the federal government for the state's largest workforce programs (Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Adult Basis and Literacy Education (ABLE) and Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins)), and the Senior Community Service Employments Program. Ohio's Unified Workforce Plan will improve outcomes for students, adults and employers by better coordinating local workforce administrators, caseworkers and educators.

The Ohio SCSEP is funded at approximately $18.2 million, providing 1,907 authorized SCSEP positions for the current program year (2014). 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:

Program Outcomes

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, 2014), 2,459 participants provided 1,317,935 hours of community service and enjoyed a 45 percent entered employment rate. The number served included these target populations:

  • Individuals at or below the poverty level: 2,166
  • Veterans: 283
  • People with disabilities: 358
  • Individuals residing in rural areas: 620
  • Individuals who were homeless or at risk of homelessness: 987



To qualify for SCSEP, participants must be 55 or older, unemployed, residents of Ohio and income-eligible. The combined incomes of all family members must not exceed the following:

2015 Poverty Guidelines (125 percent)
Family Size Maximum Income*
1 $14,713
2 19,913
3 25,113
4 30,313
5 35,513
6 40,713
7 45,913
8 51,113
For families of more than eight, add $5,200 for each additional person.
* Not all income applies - call for details.

Additional Resources

Ohio Means Jobs


National Council on Aging JobSource

Employment & Training for Older Adults

Volunteer Opportunities

Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Programs


Ohio Benefits