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Senior Community Service Employment Program

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a federal job training program for unemployed low-income seniors age 55 or older who face barriers to employment. SCSEP places seniors in part-time paid community service assignments for on-the-job training. SCSEP is sometimes called the Senior Aides Program. The program has existed in Knoxville for many years and has just recently joined the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee, finding a home in the CAC Office on Aging.

The goal of SCSEP is to give unemployed senior workers the job-search skills, work experience, and up to 48 months of training to prepare them to find unsubsidized jobs in the private sector. The program also promotes senior workers as a valuable resource for employers.

SCSEP is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program is for seniors who

  • Are 55 or older
  • Are unemployed
  • Are legally able to work in the U.S.
  • Have total family incomes no greater than 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

Priority is given to

  • Seniors over 60
  • Veterans and qualified spouses of veterans
  • Minority, limited English-speaking, and Native American seniors
  • Seniors with disabilities
  • Seniors with the greatest need.

Please contact Kayleen Weaver or Frankie Slay at the Office on Aging, (865) 524-2786 for more information.

Contact Us

Phone: (865) 524-2786

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 51650
Knoxville, TN 37950-1650

Street Address:
2247 Western Avenue