Elder Independence is Our Focus

Workforce Programs

Our in-home and community-based services are available to all who meet the eligibility criteria without regard to race, ancestry, national origin, language, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Elder Independence is Our Focus

Senior Community Service Employment Program

This “bridge back to work” provides training and part-time employment to learn new job skills for individuals aged fifty-five and older who meet income eligibility guidelines.

Senior Community Service Employment Program

Age is an asset. Experience, a benefit!

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands provides paid community service assignments, on-the-job training, and skills development for income eligible individuals aged fifty-five and older.

The program serves as a “Bridge Back to Work” for eligible individuals, whether they are unemployed, underemployed, have been laid off, or have retired. The program’s goal is to help participants gain the skills that they need to return to the regular workforce.

The SCSEP Program also works with hiring managers from local businesses to fill positions with candidates who have demonstrated their reliability and resourcefulness through successful completion of a community service assignment. Click here for information about our Placement Service

What Services do participants receive?

  • Re-entry coaching, referral services and encouragement
  • Paid on-the-job training and work experience at local non-profits and government agencies
  • Special skills training at local training facilities
  • New or revitalized professional networks
  • Assistance with transition to permanent full or part-time employment

What are examples of work assignments?

  • Receptionist
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Library Aide
  • Adult Day Care Worker
  • Maintenance Worker
  • Outreach Assistant
  • Data Entry Clerk
  • Museum Guide
  • Horticulture Assistant
  • Other possibilities depending on the participant’s skills, interests, and agency needs

To learn more about SCSEP and about eligibility guidelines, call the program office at (508) 394-4630 or (800) 244-4630.

If your non-profit organization or government workplace is interested in hosting one of our experienced workers,

Become a Host Agency

The SCSEP provides a “bridge back to work” for individuals, 55 years and older, seeking to re-enter the workforce. An important part of that bridge is a paid community service assignment to expand and update job skills.

Candidates placed through SCSEP are hired, supervised and evaluated by the Host Agency, but paid by Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands. In return, these host agencies are expected to provide on-the-job training and supervision for program participants. Participants typically work twenty hours per week at the Host Agency. At the end of their assignment, participants are generally ready to seek unsubsidized employment. Often Host Agencies want to offer employment to the program participant, who is now a well-trained worker.

If your non-profit organization or government agency needs someone to carry out an assignment that will contribute to its mission of benefiting the community, consider filling it with one of our SCSEP participants. If you recognize the value mature workers add to an organization, consider creating a community service assignment for one of our participants.

Host Agencies provide community services such as education, housing, social services, health services, recreation, and senior services.

We are always eager to work with interested organizations to develop appropriate community service assignments and refer well matched candidates. Call us at (508) 394-4630, extension 540 to start the process.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans operated under a U.S. Department of Labor grant. We thank the Center for Workforce Inclusion, Inc. for selecting our organization to operate SCSEP in our community.

The ESCCI SCSEP program is funded by a $46.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. This funding provides 90% of the support for SCSEP, with the Center and its subgrantees providing approximately $5 million in nonfederal match. The SCSEP Program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Senior Planet Computer Classes

Senior Planet offers evidence-based curriculum developed by Older Adults Technology Services (OATS). For twenty years, OATS has been working collaboratively with seniors to measure, evaluate and improve the effectiveness of their content and methods. Senior Planet operates in partnership with AARP.

Senior Planet Computer Skills Classes

Overview

Technology has changed the way we live and disrupted expectations about the aging process. Partnering with Senior Planet, Elder Services offers free in-person computer skills classes to adults aged 60 and over. Contact Denise Magnett at 508-394-4630 to register for any of the lectures or classes listed here or to receive information about future offerings.

Senior Planet offers evidence-based curriculum developed by Older Adults Technology Services (OATS). For twenty years, OATS has been working collaboratively with seniors to measure, evaluate and improve the effectiveness of their content and methods. Senior Planet operates in partnership with AARP.

INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL CULTURE CLASS

You can’t escape the digital age, so why not join it? This 5-week, hands-on course explores the growing role of the internet in everyday life. By the end of this course, you’ll know how to connect more easily, avoid scams and fraud, identify reliable health resources, and virtually attend cultural events and museum exhibits. In other words, you will have a better understanding of digital culture! PRE-REQUISITES: This course is best suited for those who are already somewhat familiar with navigating the internet. Participants are required to have an email address.

Orleans Council on Aging, 150 Rock Harbor Road, Orleans

Wednesdays and Fridays for 5 weeks beginning October 14, 2022, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

COMPUTER ESSENTIALS CLASS

This 5-week class will cover the essentials of how to use the basic functions of a personal computers, how to safely navigate the internet, how to organize electronic files , how to send and receive emails, and much more. By the end of the course, you’ll have a foundation for using a computer and the internet to enrich your life.

PRE-REQUISITES: None. This course is designed for people who have never used a computer or who have very little experience and want a solid introduction.

Barnstable Adult Community Center, 825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis

Mondays and Wednesdays for 5 weeks, beginning November 21, 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

BEYOND THE BASICS CLASS FOR JOBSEEKERS 60+

The learning objectives of the 10-week course are (1) using the internet as a daily tool, (2) improving internet search skills, (3) becoming familiar with Google Workspace apps, and (4) understanding different applications and digital tools that will be introduced in class. By the end of the course, you’ll be confidently using a computer to enrich your life!

PRE-REQUISITES: Participants will need a Gmail account.

MassHire Career Center, 372 North Street, Hyannis

Mondays and Fridays for 10 weeks beginning January 9, 2023, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

COMPUTER BASICS

In this 10-week, PC-based course, you’ll learn the basics of how to operate a computer and navigate the internet in ways that can enrich your life. You’ll learn how to use email, search the internet for reliable information, access sources of entertainment, and connect to people, organizations and interests that matter to you. You’ll gain a clear understanding of hardware and common software, and the confidence to keep learning more.

PRE-REQUISITES: None. This course is designed for people who have never used a computer or how have very little experience and want a solid introduction.

Harwich Council on Aging, at the Harwich Community Center, 100 Oak Street, Harwich

Tuesdays and Fridays for 10 weeks beginning January 17, 2023, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Let’s Connect!