Job training opportunities available for older workers

Published 8:26 am Friday, February 5, 2010

Experience Works, the nation’s largest nonprofit training and employment organization for older workers, is now accepting applications for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in Minnesota.

The program is designed to help low-income, older individuals enter the workforce, secure more challenging positions, move into new career areas or supplement their incomes.

“As the economy continues to falter, many older Minnesotans are finding it necessary to find work — either because they were laid off or because their nest eggs have disappeared,” said Teri Stepaniak, director for Experience Works. “Unfortunately, finding a job can be especially difficult for older people who may have been out of the job search process for many years.”

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Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, SCSEP is free to participants who are 55 and older and meet low income criteria. Through the SCSEP, Experience Works assists older people with self-assessments, technical and skills training, the job search process, and finding an appropriate training assignment with a local community service agency. For more information, visit or call 866-976-5939.