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Senior Employment Program

The Senior Employment Program is a federally funded employment training program for seniors. The mission of this program is to enable older persons to achieve gainful employment and personal development through community service employment and training. The purpose of the Senior Employment Program is to provide useful part-time community service assignments for persons 55 years of age or older with low incomes, while promoting their transition to unsubsidized employment.

TARCOG’S Senior Employment Program is operated under a USDOL grant and in cooperation with Senior Service America, Inc. and Alabama Department of Senior Services.

Who is Eligible?

  • You must be 55 years of age or older.
  • Income must not exceed 125 % of the federal poverty level.
  • You must reside in one of the five counties in the TARCOG region.
    (These counties are DeKalb, Jackson, Limestone, Madison and Marshall.)
  • You must be unemployed at the time of application.

How Does the Program Work?

Eligible seniors are enrolled on the program and assigned to government or non-profit (501c-3) agencies in their communities that have agreed to serve as training sites. Enrollees train at these agencies 19¾ hours each week and earn $7.34 an hour. While training at these agencies, enrollees receive on-the-job training, learn new skills, update old skills, and get work experience that will help prepare them to reenter the workforce. Enrollees must agree to continue to actively seek employment while on the program.

Questions and Answers?

Question: How can I enroll in this program?
Answer: You can call John Sanders, Senior Employment Director, at (256) 716-2454. He will give you information concerning the program and will mail you an assessment form to complete and return.

Question: How is income eligibility determined?
Answer: Income eligibility is based on your gross income for the past 6 months. There are specific income guidelines and several types of income which can be disallowed, so it is best to contact the project director to determine if you are income eligible.

Question: Will the wages I receive on this program affect the amount of my Social Security check?
Answer: The wages you receive while on a Title V program should not impact the amount of your Social Security check. However, if you receive SSI, your benefits may be affected. Income not counted would be SSDI and are treated as a family of one. We recommend that you talk with a representative from the Social Security Administration to determine if your benefits will be affected.

Question: Where will I be assigned to train?
Answer: Enrollees are assigned to government or non-profit 501c-3 agencies in their local communities. These include schools, libraries, museums, senior centers, and many other agencies.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING TARCOG’S SENIOR EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM, Please Contact:

John Sanders
Senior Employment Director
800-243-5463
256-830-0818
256-716-2454