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The District’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) offers subsidized skills training and job placement assistance to disadvantaged District residents ages 55 years and older. The program tailors recruitment, training and employment strategies to help place seniors with host agencies for training and employment in growth industries. SCSEP aims to strengthen host agencies’ responsibility to provide sufficient skills training and professional development that will lead to employment; and to actively engage and coordinate with employers in the transition of participants into unsubsidized employment, secure permanent unsubsidized employment. The SCSEP also provides job-matching assistance to employers who are interested in hiring qualified, trained mature workers and no-cost community service assistance to government or non-profit agencies that host SCSEP trainees.
Program Dates, Times, Location and Contact Information
4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE
Year Round: July 1-June 30
Phone: (202) 698-5700
Fax: (202) 698-5734
During the 1960’s, President Lyndon Baines Johnson announced his “War on Poverty” campaign. The SCSEP, Title V of the Older Americans Act, was a product of that campaign. The program, which has been continuously funded since its inception, is a response to the reality that many mature people have outdated skills and economic changes often result in seniors losing work or being forced into retirement before they are financially ready. Many older workers, especially women, may find themselves seeking work for the first time or returning after years of homemaking and in need of gaining updated skills.
SCSEP provides two types of training to non-job ready District of Columbia mature job-seekers. Determinations are based upon an initial assessment and the development of an Individual Employment Plan (IEP). SCSEP provides work-based training at host agencies and classroom based training in identified growth industries. The effectives of work-based training assignments are reviewed at least once annually and participants may be rotated to another host agency, classroom based training or additional Department of Employment Services resources that may meet their needs. Individuals’ program duration is individually assessed, but may not exceed 48 months.
All SCSEP participants are considered trainees and are not employees of the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services or federal government. Wages are fixed at the minimum wage level, whichever is higher of the state or federal current minimum wage. The amount is not subject to change based on individual performance. Host Agency assignments and/or training activities may not exceed 20 hours per week. SCSEP participants are compensated for ten federal holidays. No SCSEP participant may work or be paid for working on any federal holiday
In order to be eligible for the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services Senior Community Service Employment Program the individual must meet the following requirements:
All citizens interested in applying to participate in the Senior Community Service Employment Program must schedule an intake appointment, complete application and submit the required documents to receive an eligibility determination. Eligibility determinations will be completed within 10 business days after receipt of a completed intake application. All applicants will receive written notice of their eligibility status. The intake appointment consists of completing an application of eligibility, including work history, interests and skills, documentation of household members and income, a personal interview and determination of willingness and ability to utilize the program and achieve the program goal of unsubsidized employment.
All non-profit and government agencies interested in becoming a SCSEP host agency must complete a Host Agency application and submit to the SCSEP Program Coordinator. They must provide their tax exempt certificate, position descriptions and a statement regarding their ability to hire. In addition, the SCSEP Program Coordinator will schedule an onsite visit to conduct a review of the training site and ensure the environment is safe and free of any environmental hazards. If eligible, all host agencies must sign a host agency agreement and recertify each year prior to June 30.
In order to be eligible to serve as a host agency for the District of Columbia Department of Employment Service Senior Community Service Employment Program the agency must meet the following requirements:
Pursuant and in accordance with the District of Columbia’s Personnel Regulations regarding competitive employment opportunities, the host agency agrees to consider the Senior Aide(s) for regular job positions with the host agency where vacancies occur. Furthermore, the host agency agrees that if funds become available for the position in which the Senior Aide(s) serve or for a position having similar duties, that when possible, the Senior Aide(s) will be given first consideration for the position.
All employers who are interested in hiring a Senior Community Service Employment Program trainee should contact the SCSEP office at (202) 698-5700.