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The goal of the Experience Works Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is to provide participants with the training, experience, supportive services and information they need to improve their lives, gain self-sufficiency, realize their goals, obtain permanent employment and meet the needs of a demand-driven workforce.

Based on their employment interests and goals, participants are assigned to qualified nonprofit organizations or government agencies on a part-time basis where they are trained and receive work experience by performing their community service training assignment. While participants receive training, supervision and experience directly from their host agencies, their training wages and fringe benefits are paid by Experience Works.


An individual is eligible to be an Experience Works SCSEP participant if he or she meets the following criteria:

    • Age - A participant must be 55 years of age or older.
    • Residence - A participant must be a resident of the state where he or she is enrolled in the Experience Works SCSEP.
    • Income Requirements - A participant's annual family income must not be more than 125% of the established federal poverty income guidelines.
    • Work Status - A participant's eligibility to work in the United States must be verified by Experience Works (Form 1-9).
    • Unemployed - Participants must be unemployed at the time of enrollment. If they become employed, either full time or part time while enrolled, they must exit the program. The no-employment rule does not apply to casual, nonrecurring labor for which a participant may be compensated such as shoveling a neighbor's sidewalk or occasional babysitting.

To learn more about resources in your area, click here to contact a local Experience Works office. 

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