The National Indian Council on Aging, through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), is part of a network of national organizations and state governments that offer the only federally assisted job training program focused on the needs of low income older adults.
SCSEP is authorized by the Older Americans Act Title V and administered through grants from the U.S. Department of Labor. NICOA, which has been a grantee since 1989, was awarded a new competitive grant in 2012. SCSEP fits well within NICOA’s overall mission to advocate for improved comprehensive health, social services, and economic well being for American Indian and Alaska Native Elders.
NICOA SCSEP Mission
The NICOA SCSEP mission is to provide opportunity for low income elders through paid training, meaningful community service, and skills development. The following highlight the resiliency and success of real SCSEP participants who are living proof of the value of this program has on these older adults, their communities, and employers.
Who is eligible to participate in SCSEP?
Anyone is eligible that is at least 55 years old (there is no upper age limit), unemployed, and who is a member of a family with an income that is not more than 125 percent of the family income levels established by the Federal government (Health & Human Services poverty levels). Although NICOA has a special purpose in working with American Indian elders, it is not required that applicants be American Indian or Alaska Native (AI/AN) to participate in SCSEP.
NICOA SCSEP staff are dedicated to helping older adults experience practical job training while serving the community and ultimately prepare them for gainful employment.
Please contact NICOA SCSEP at 505-292-2001 to learn about how the program works and eligibility requirements.