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Senior Employment Program

First Tennessee Human Resource Agency’s Senior Employment Program is a federally-funded training program which assists low-income, unemployed seniors gain viable job skills through paid training at various non-profit and government agencies. SCSEP is operated under a USDOL grant and in cooperation with Senior Service America, Inc. The SCSEP Program is an equal opportunity program.



Are you an eligible participant?



To qualify for the program, you must meet the following criteria:

· You must be aged 55 or older

· You must live in one of the following counties: Carter, Hancock, Hawkins, Sullivan, Unicoi or Washington

· You must be unemployed and willing to work

· You must meet the federal income guidelines established by the Department of Labor



If I am accepted into the program, what will I be doing?



Once you have been accepted into the program, you will work with program staff to develop and implement an Individual Employment Plan (IEP) to overcome any barriers you may have for employment. You will be placed in a training position at a “Host Agency” (a non-profit or government agency) and paid minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) for 20 hours a week. You will gain work experience while providing needed services in your community. Program staff will help you with job search skills, interviewing skills, resume creation and other training needs to help you secure employment outside of this program. Your goal will be to secure permanent employment.



How do I enroll?


Contact us by calling 423-461-7844. One of our Job Developers will call you to further explain the program and the procedures for enrollment.

Senior Service of America

Please see the You Tube video featuring Pat Gagan, Park Manager for Roan Moutain State Park.  His message is positive and reiterates the wonderful qualities of senior adults in the work place.