SER Jobs for Progress, a training and employment service organization, funded in part by grants from the U.S. Department of Labor, is providing low-income, older workers in Colorado job development through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).
SCSEP is a community service and work-based training program for older workers that provides subsidized, part-time, community service training for unemployed, low-income persons age 55 or older who have poor employment prospects. Through the program, older workers have access to services and employment assistance through the One-Stop Career Centers of the workforce investment system.
Program participants must be at least 55 and have a family income of no more than 25 percent above the federal poverty level.
“SER Jobs for Progress through the SCSEP program has enabled thousands of mature workers to retrain, retool and re-enter the workforce as productive employees,” stated Emma Trevino, SER program manager for the Midwest. “During these tough economic times, our work is even more impactful as we help a whole sector of individuals avoid slipping below the poverty line and get them gainfully employed in various sectors.”
Participants are placed in a wide variety of community service activities at nonprofit and public facilities, including day-care centers, senior centers, schools and hospitals. These assignments promote self-sufficiency; provide assistance to organizations that benefit from increased civic engagement; and support communities.
Subsidized community service assignments in public and non-profit agencies let the agencies enhance and provide needed services and older workers gain job skills. Participants work an average of 20 hours a week and are paid the highest of the federal, state or local minimum wage.
Services include individual employment plan development, orientation, placement and training. Supportive services, annual physicals, assistance in securing unsubsidized employment and access to One-Stop Career Centers are also available.
To learn more, please call any local case manager: Joann Torrez Weldon, Pueblo (719) 404-0935; Josephine Quintana, Lakewood (303) 237-1842; Dannette Kelly, Lakewood (303) 462-1725; Judy Campbell, Durango (970) 385-3995; Rita Arvizo, Grand Junction (970) 256-1382; Alvaro Maldonado, Fort Collins (970) 402-0012. You can also visit our website www.ser-national.org.