Senior Community Service Employment Program

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The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a job training program. It is for qualifying people 55 and older who are low-income and not working. People gain confidence and skills by working part-time.

What kind of training can I get?

There are several nonprofit employers in the community we partner with. Some include:

  • Child care centers
  • Customer service
  • Teachers¬†aide
  • Computer technician
  • Building maintenance worker
  • Health care worker

Do I qualify?

SCSEP is for: 

  • People 55 and older who are not working and meet income guidelines.
Household Size Maximum Income Level (before taxes)
1 $16,988
2 $22,888
3 $28,788
4 $34,688
5 $40,588
6 $46,488
7 $52,388
8 $58,288

Service Area

SCSEP Service Areas

The program serves 14 counties. These include Bowman, Burleigh, Cass, Divide, Dunn, Grand Forks, McKenzie, Mountrail, Richland, Sargent, Stark, Traill, Ward and Williams counties.

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Employers and Organizations

If you are a not-for-profit or public facility, you may qualify to be a training site.

To be a training site you must: 

  • Have appropriate training for older workers.
  • Offer diverse training opportunities.
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Frequently Asked Questions for Participants

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How do I apply?

To apply, complete an application here. If you are eligible and there is not a waiting list, you will be enrolled to train at a not-for-profit organization in your community.

What are the hours and pay for SCSEP?

You will train about 20 hours per week and earn minimum wage. You will train for about six months before we help you find a permanent job.

Where can I get more information about SCSEP?

You can learn more about SCSEP at the U.S Department of Labor website.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Employers 

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How can my organization benefit from participating in SCSEP?

You can grow your workforce at no cost to you. The program pays participants while you train them with the skills they need to help you.

How can my organization participate in SCSEP?

If you are a not-for-profit or public facility, you may be eligible to become a SCSEP training site. To be a training site you must:

  • Have appropriate training for older workers.
  • Offer diverse training opportunities.
  • Meet National Council on Aging Safety standards.
How is the training program funded?

You can build your workforce as it is funded through two Federal grants.

Can SCSEP train mature workers to meet the organization's needs?

Yes. We work directly with employers to provide qualified workers trained to their requirements. The program is called On-the-Job experience (OJE). Through OJE, the local SCSEP project agrees to pay all of part of the wages while the individual is being trained. Paperwork is kept to a minimum.

I am interested in hosting SCSEP workers. What do I do now?

If you are interested in becoming a SCSEP training site, please contact us at the information listed below.

Where can I get more information about SCSEP?

You can learn more at the U.S. Department of Labor website.

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Contact us

North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation
1000 E. Divide Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: (701) 328-8950
Toll Free: (800) 755-2745
711 (TTY)
Fax: (701) 328-1884
Email: dhsvr@nd.gov