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Seniors in the workplace: Experience and wisdom

The Senior Community Service Employment Program celebrates National Employ Older Workers Week Sept. 22-28.

The New Hampshire State SCSEP is pleased to acknowledge this year’s program host training sites who hired the participants trained at their work sites. Their commitment to providing training, support and guidance allowed participants to successfully complete their training and achieve their employment goal.

Second Start-First Start Children’s Center, the State of New Hampshire Disability Determination Unit in Concord and The Upper Room, a family resource center in Derry, recognized the program participants trained at their sites as reliable, qualified and skilled workers, which resulted in their employment. We commend them on hiring an older worker!

The Senior Community Service Employment Program is a community service and work based training program for older workers. The program provides subsidized, service-based training for eligible state residents who are age 55 and older and are unemployed.

Participants are paid minimum wage and work 17 hours per week in a wide variety of community service activities at host training sites in nonprofit or public facilities. It is intended that community service training serves as a bridge to unsubsidized employment opportunities, which is the goal of the program.

If you are a nonprofit or public entity and are interested in providing training to our Senior Community Service Employment Program participants or want more information on the program, call 225-3295 or 800-856-5525.

(Lisa Hazeltine is the workforce development director at Community Action Program, Belknap-Merrimack Counties.)

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