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Senior Community Service Employment Program

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The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides community service employment opportunities to income-eligible Baltimore County residents, age 55 and older. Participants earn minimum wage while training in the community for government and non-profit agencies. The goal of SCSEP is to provide work experience and on-the-job training to improve the individual’s skills and thus enhance their ability to obtain an unsubsidized job. SCSEP is funded by a $45.2 million grant from the United States Department of Labor, in cooperation with The Center for Workforce Inclusion, Inc. The SCSEP Program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

SCSEP Participants train at such agencies as Baltimore County Libraries, Public Schools, Department of Aging Senior Centers as well as the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society and other locations. These agencies serve as Host Agencies and SCSEP Participants are assigned to the host agency as their training sites for no longer than one year. A host agency must be a unit of government or a non-profit organization classified under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Host agencies provide training, supervision, and work experience for participants.

Program Overview

The following points summarize SCSEP in Baltimore County:

  • SCSEP Participants are paid minimum wage. 
  • SCSEP Participants train 20 hours per week for 52 weeks per year. 
  • Supervision and training are the responsibility of the host agency. 
  • SCSEP Participants are part-time Baltimore County employees under the non-classified status and are enrolled and exited by the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) Senior Employment Office. 
  • SCSEP Participants are paid bi-weekly by check which must be directly deposited to their bank of choice. 
  • Liability and workmen’s compensation insurance is the responsibility of Baltimore County Government. 
  • SCSEP Participants are required to call in their payroll hours on Monday, followed with a timesheet mailed to the Senior Employment Office at the end of their training week. 
  • SCSEP Participants are required to attend quarterly meetings, monthly employment workshops, various job fairs and various training classes through community colleges or Workforce Development Centers. 
  • SCSEP Participants are required to seek unsubsidized employment four times per month during their training period by complete a self-directed job search form. 
  • Host Agency supervisors are required to attend an annual supervisors meeting each program year.

The BCDA's Senior Employment Office administers the SCSEP Program in Baltimore County. For further information call 410-887-4006.

Revised May 28, 2021         


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