Senior Work Experience Program

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is an employment training program for low-income, unemployed individuals aged 55 years and older. The program provides subsidized, part-time work experience for a limited time through community service. Participants in the program learn new skills and talents, or enhance existing skills, through valuable work experience and other training to become competitive in today's workforce.

Seniors Have Everything to Gain

  • Assessments to determine individual needs for training
  • Training consists of upgrading existing skills, developing new skills, limited educational opportunities, job counseling, and assistance in finding and keeping a job
  • Placement is closely matched with seniors’ personal goals when placed in a position in community service (nonprofit, public, or private sector) for approximately 20 hours per week
  • Participants receive the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour

Type of Work Experiences Available

  • Teacher's aides
  • Nurse's aides
  • Library clerks
  • Clerical workers
  • Adult and child day care assistants
  • Campground recreational coordinators
  • Maintenance workers

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals applying for the SCSEP must meet the following requirements:

  • A legal resident of Tennessee
  • 55 years of age and older
  • Unemployed
  • A family income at no more than 125% of the federal poverty level

Get Started

Call the program contact below to determine whether you are eligible for SCSEP.

  • West TN
  • Middle TN
  • East TN
  • Tennessee Community Services Agency
    Robin Last, Project Coordinator
    PO Box 368 
    1604 West Reelfoot Ave
    Union City, TN 38281
    (731) 884-2640

    Counties serviced: Cheatham, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Stewart, Dyer, Henry, Obion, and Weakley
    Southwest HRA 
    Ophelia Parks, Project Coordinator
    1527 White Ave.
    Henderson, TN 38340
    (731) 989-5111

    Counties serviced: Chester, Hardeman, Hardin, and McNairy
    SSA | Northwest Tennessee HRA
    Jeana Mills, Program Director
    231 South Wilson Street
    Dresden, TN 38225
    (731) 364-3228 ext. 4861

    Counties serviced: Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, and Weakley
    CaSondra Amos, Project Director
    4700 Poplar Avenue, Suite 400
    Memphis, TN 38117
    (901) 766-0600 

    Counties serviced: Decatur, Fayette, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, Madison, Shelby and Tipton
  • NCOA  |  Davidson Co.
    Brenda Head, Project Coordinator
    1451 Elm Hill Pike, Suite 165
    Nashville, TN 37210
    (615) 360-9797

    Counties serviced: Davidson
    Theresa Griffith, Employment Facilitator
    c/o 1451 Elm Hill Pike, Suite 165
    Nashville, TN 37210

    Counties serviced: Cannon, DeKalb, Rutherford, and Warren
    NCOA  |  Clarksville
    Deborah Reed, Employment Facilitator
    523 Madison St.
    Clarksville, TN. 37040

    Counties serviced: Montgomery
    NCOA | Dickson County Career Center
    Frank West, Employment Facilitator
    250 Beasley Dr.
    Dickson, TN 37055
    (615) 446-4601 office
    (615) 446-9579 fax

    Counties serviced: Dickson
    NCOA | Centerville
    David Lynn, Employment Facilitator
    130 Progress Plaza
    Centerville, TN 37033
    (931) 729-5941

    Counties serviced: Hickman
    NCOA  |  Williamson Co.
    Cornelia JoAnn Miller, Case Manager
    (615) 753-7684

    Counties serviced: Williamson
    NCOA | Sumner
    Keithia Holland, Employment Facilitator
    175 College St.
    Gallatin, TN 37066
    615-451-5800 ext. 124

    Counties serviced: Sumner
    NCOA | Robertson Co.
    James Meador, Employment Facilitator
    1451 Elm Hill Pk. Suite 165
    Nashville, TN 37210

    Counties serviced: Robertson
    SSA | South Central Human Resource Agency
    Pamela Morris, Program Director
    P.O. Box 638
    Fayetteville, TN 37334
    (931) 433-7182 ext. 135

    Counties serviced: Bedford, Bledsoe, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry, Sequatchie, and Wayne
    Charles West, Older Worker Program Manager
    580 S. Jefferson Ave. Suite B
    Cookeville, TN 38501-4010
    (931) 528-1127 ext. 619

    Counties serviced: Clay, Cumberland, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, and White
    Arlita Brisbin, Program Manager
    (865) 691-2551 ext. 4347

    Counties serviced: Anderson, Blount, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Loudon, Monroe, Roane, and Sevier
    ETHRA  |  Oak Ridge
    Tennessee Community Services Agency (TNCSA) 
    Kelly Cox Project Coordinator 
    728 Emory Valley Rd. Ste. E100 
    Oak Ridge, TN 37830 
    (865) 705-6579

    Counties serviced: Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Scott, and Union
    Alliance for Business and Training
    Jackie Sensabaugh, Project Director
    1140 East Center St.
    Kingsport, TN 37660
    (423) 224-1815

    Counties serviced: Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, and Washington
    SSA | Chattanooga Goodwill Industries
    Cindi Crutchfield, Program Director
    3500 Dodds Ave.
    Chattanooga, TN 37407
    423-629-2501 ext. 3130
    Counties serviced: Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, and Rhea
    SSA | First Tennessee Human Resource Agency
    Holly Hudson, Project Director
    704 Rolling Hills Drive
    Johnson City, TN 37604
    (423) 461-7844
    (423) 461-8200

    Counties serviced: Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington
    NCOA | Knoxville
    Brenda Tate, SECEP Manager
    PO Box 51650
    Knoxville, TN 37950-1650

    23447 Western Ave.
    Knoxville, TN 37921
    (865) 524-2786

    Counties serviced: Knox