Senior Work Experience Program

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides work-based training for seniors 55 and older, who are currently unemployed and in need of updating their skills. We have openings in several counties throughout Tennessee. If you would like more information to see if you qualify contact us at 615-741-5671 or email Lance Butler at

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.

Janet McLemore, SCSEP Coordinator
1124 Whitehall St., Suite 100
Jackson, TN 38301
(731) 434-4521 cell

Counties serviced: Chester, Hardeman, Hardin, and McNairy 

Jeana Mills, Program Director
231 South Wilson St.
Dresden, TN 38225
(731) 364-3228 ext. 4861

Counties serviced: Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, and Weakley

Melinda Underwood, Project Coordinator
2115 W Main St.
Union City, TN 38261
(731) 592-8980 (cell)

Counties serviced: Cheatham, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Stewart, Dyer, Henry, Obion, and Weakley

Cheree Weatherspoon, SCSEP Coordinator
100 Peabody Place, Suite 1000
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 701-0887

Counties serviced: Shelby

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

Sharyn Hancock, Program Director
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 664-8564

Counties serviced: Cannon, Davidson, DeKalb, Dickson, Hickman, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren, Williamson, and Wilson

Jackie Sensabaugh, Project Director
1140 East Center St.
Kingsport, TN 37660
(423) 224-1815

Counties serviced: Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, and Washington

Alexandria Newport, SCSEP Coordinator
Wartburg American Job Center
1111 Knoxville Hwy.
Wartburg, TN 37887
(423) 839-9643

Counties serviced: Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Scott, and Union

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

Alena Church
704 Rolling Hills
Johnson City, TN 37605
(423) 930-7347 or (423) 461-7844

Counties serviced: Sullivan, Washington, Carter, and Johnson

Brenda W Tate, MBA Program Manager
2247 Western Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 524-2786 ext. 1552
(865) 546-0832 Fax

Counties serviced: Knox

Kimberly Crider, Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP Director)
3500 Dodds Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37407
(423) 629-2501 ext. 3130
(423) 242-0594 Fax

Holly Hudson, Project Director
704 Rolling Hills Dr.
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 461-7844
(423) 461-8200

Counties serviced: Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington

Samantha Bradford, SCSEP Coordinator
American Job Center
620 S Jefferson Ave.
Cookeville, TN 38501

Counties serviced: Macon, Jackson, Fentress, Putnam, Cumberland and Van Buren