MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
September 17, 2004
(615) 741-2257 (O)
(615) 308-3705 (C)


GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS EMPLOY OLDER WORKERS WEEK
STATE EMPHASIZES THE STRENGTH OF TENNESSEE'S OLDER WORKFORCE

NASHVILLE - Governor Phil Bredesen has proclaimed September 19-25, 2004, Employ Older Workers Week in Tennessee. The proclamation is part of a national effort to honor America's working seniors for their dedication, determination and motivation to contribute to today's workforce.

"There is a large population of older workers in our state, and they represent a strong and valuable part of our workforce," said Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Jim Neeley. "We as Tennesseans should do all we can to ensure the success of this often overlooked job-seeker. I'm pleased that our state's Senior Community Service Employment Program is proving successful in making sure older workers have opportunities available to them."

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), funded under Title V of the older Americans Act, currently offers services at six Tennessee Career Centers across the state.
The program serves more than 100,000 seniors each year nationally and close to 1,200 in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development implements the state SCSEP program. Eligible low-income participants aged 55 and older are offered wages while they train for work outside the program. SCSEP provides community employers with trained, job-ready, mature applicants who possess a strong work ethic.

Find out how your business can get involved in the program and assure the success of an older worker. Contact your local Tennessee Career Center or Paulette Osborne, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, at (615) 741-8777.

SCSEP Program Locations and Hours

Senior Services Career Center
4700 Poplar Avenue, Suite 400, Memphis,
(901) 766-0600
Jean Mason, Title V Project Director
Senior Services Inc.
(901) 766-0600
Everyday, 8:30-4:30
Fayette County Career Center
Wednesdays, 9:00-Noon


Tennessee Career Center,
Cumberland County
60 Ridley Street, Crossville, (931) 484-7456
Virginia Donaldson, Title V Project Director
Upper Cumberland Human Resource
Agency
(931) 528-1127
Wednesdays, 8:00-Noon
West Tennessee Career Center
416 East La Fayette St., Jackson, TN
(731) 423-5860
Ophelia Parks, Title V Project Director
Hardeman County Literacy Council
(731) 658-4106
Tuesdays or Thursdays, 10:30-2:30

Tennessee Career Center, Campbell County
1016 Main Street, Jacksboro,
(423) 566-3300
Polly Byrd, Title V Project Director
East Tennessee Human Resource Agency
(865) 691-2551
Tuesdays, 10:00-2:00
Clarksville Career Center
Veterans Plaza, 350 Pageant Lane,
Suite 406
Clarksville, (931) 648-5530
John Governor, Title V Project Director
Mid-Cumberland Community Services
Agency
(615) 333-.5412
Tuesdays, 10:00-2:00

Northeast Tennessee Career Center
2515 Wesley Street, Johnson City,
(423) 610-0222
Jacqueline Sensabaugh, Title V Project
Director
Upper East TN Human Development
Agency
(423) 246-6180
Wednesdays, 8:30-12:30

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