Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

The federal government has provided funds to the Felton Institute, based in San Francisco, to support seniors aged 55 or more to train to enter or re-enter the work force.  The SCSEP program provides an orientation on starting work, and then places eligible participants in on-the-job training with participating employers, including non-profit agencies, in San Francisco and Marin. Participants are paid a minimum wage training stipend for up to 12 hours a week. After training, participants search for permanent jobs they feel newly prepared for! More information about this interesting opportunity is here.

Overview and General Information about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)


The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a federally funded employment training program for unemployed, low-income eligible adults, 55 years of age or older, who reside in Marin County.  SCSEP is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), administered by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), and is operated by sub-projects throughout the United States.  The goals of the program are to foster individual economic self-sufficiency and to increase the number of older persons who may enjoy the benefits of unsubsidized employment in both the public and private sectors.  The end goal is to provide employers with trained, motivated workers within the workforce.  The SCSEP has four major goals. They are:

  • To upgrade job skills of older adults for to prepare them for job placements
  • To help older adults get involved in his/her community
  • To provide a community service
  • To provide added income during training

Training Opportunities:

 The main goal of the program is for SCSEP to assist the trainees to obtain employment outside of our program and to be able to retain their job placements.

Trainees in the program are placed in a part-time, 12 hours per week community service training position in non-profit or government agencies, while getting paid a minimum wage stipend. They are required to take full advantage of courses, workshops, resources and to obtain specialized certificates if applicable to enhance their skillsets and knowledge.  The trainees will be able to gain and learn the skills needed, with the goal of transitioning into unsubsidized employment.  Enrollment in the program is considered a temporary internship position and our goal is to assist trainees in finding employment so a slot can then open up for others who may benefit from the program.  Click here for more information