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The Iowa Department on Aging (IDA) and its partners participate in a wide
variety of programs that assist older Iowans in finding work and
Internship Program (SIP)
Provides civic engagement and employment opportunities for adults over the age of 55 who wish to re-enter the workforce.
The Iowa Department on Aging is the State sponsor for the program in Iowa. It operates under the name of the Senior Internship Program or SIP. There are 3 other sponsors of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP); Experience Works, AARP and Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI).
Senior Community Service Employment Program
The Senior Community Service Employment Program began as part of the War on Poverty over 40 years ago. This program became so successful that it became a national program under the Older Americans Act in 1973. In many areas of the state, it is referred to by its acronym – SCSEP (pronounced SEE-sep). In almost every county in Iowa there is a SCSEP program.
To participate in SCSEP, a person must be:
- Age 55 or older;
- Legally eligible to work in the United States;
- Living in a household with income no more than 125 percent of the current federal poverty level.
- All disability payments, including Social Security Disability (SSDI) are excluded from SCSEP income eligibility determinations
- 25% of Social Security payment is excluded, which includes social security pensions and survivors benefits
- All Unemployment Compensation is excluded
- SSI & public assistance are excluded
- Veterans Benefits are excluded
The above guidelines will help you decide if you qualify for participation, but with all these guidelines, it is best to visit with an older worker employment specialist located at your local One Stop to determine your eligibility. If you are ineligible, these individuals may be able to direct you to other employment resources.
By law, SCSEP gives special attention to those who are any of the following:
- Are 65 years of age or older;
- Have a disability;
- Have limited English proficiency or low literacy skills;
- Reside in a rural area;
- Are a veteran;
- Have low employment prospects;
- Are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
SCSEP participants are paid minimum wage (In Iowa, $7.25 per hour) while they gain marketable job skills working part-time in non-profit and public organizations, including senior centers, schools, and libraries. The program provides a win-win for participants and their communities: Participants help community organizations extend their capabilities, while developing their own job skills, self-confidence, and a restored sense of self-worth.
Benefits to Participants:
SIP benefits participants by:
- Building confidence
- Learning new skills
- Providing paid training
- Providing in-demand work experience
- Providing added income
Benefits to Community Service Agencies:
SIP benefits community service and government agencies by:
- Providing older workers who, while training, expand agency’s capacity to provide services
- Providing agency opportunity to evaluate loyal workers in training for possible hire
- Reducing “loss of productivity” due to reduced absenteeism from dependable older workers
Benefits to Employers:
SCSEP benefits employers by:
- Providing a pool of experienced, dependable and qualified candidates for a variety of jobs
- Saving training dollars by providing loyal workers
- Accessing local agencies that know your area and business needs
For more information about SIP/SCSEP, contact State Senior Internship Program Coordinator, at email@example.com or the US Department of Labor at: http://www.doleta.gov/seniors.
Worker Initiative - The Older Worker Initiative is
a joint project between Iowa Department on Aging,
the AARP and members of the Governor’s Task Force on
the Mature Worker held six regional forums during September,
2005, to collect information about the attitudes of employers
in Iowa toward older workers. The forums were held around
the state from Sept. 13-21, with approximately 250 employers,
human resource professionals, state agency staff members,
legislators and academics attending. A variety of strategies
and needs about the employment of older Iowans were shared
during the forms.
Phase two of the project was to convene a State Conference
on the 50+ Workforce. This conference, held on May 24,
2006, presented opportunities for the key stakeholders to
review the issues that were identified as affecting the opportunities
for mature workers. The conference addressed the following
needs and concerns:
a. Defined ways to highlight and build upon efforts
already underway in Iowa to create additional workforce resources
for its citizens and its businesses.
b. Raised the state level visibility, interest, and
recognition of mature workers within the media and among opinion
c. Convened stakeholders to review what is currently being
done around the state and to report out what further can be
done to enhance these offerings to mature workers.
View the text of the full
report submitted to the Governor’s Office on July
information on the above employment programs, contact 1-800-532-3213
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advocate Committee (RAC) Program- RAC Volunteers are
appointed to serve as advocates for residents of nursing facilities
in their community. The RAC program is administered by the Office
of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman. For more information on the
RAC Program, visit the link above.
Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)-
Trained volunteers are needed in most counties to assist older
people with medical bills, insurance claims, and insurance questions.
For more information about volunteering and to learn about this
program, visit the link above on the Living & Health Programs
Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)- This program identifies
and addresses priority community needs through the mobilization
of adult volunteers age 55 and over. The program recognizes
and uses the competence, wisdom and experience of our elders
for the benefit of all Iowans. The program serves over 100,000
Iowans through the efforts of 20,000 volunteers. Opportunities
include business/community services, education/mentoring services,
health/nutrition services, services to older adults, and transportation.
To find a program in your area, visit the Senior
Corps home page.
Student Intern Opportunity - All internships are filled through June 2013
Student Internship Program, About
If you are interested in an opportunity as an intern at the department, please fill out the Application, attach the requested information of a Resume and Cover Letter and return it to the department.
Task Force on Mature Workers: Final Report
Older Worker Initiative, a joint project between Iowa Department on Aging, the AARP and members of the Governor's Task
Force on the Mature Worker held six regional forums during September,
2005, to collect information about the attitudes of employers
in Iowa toward older workers. Phase two of the project was to
convene a State Conference on the 50+ Workforce. This conference,
held on May 24, 2006, presented opportunities for the key stakeholders
to review the issues that were identified as affecting the opportunities
for mature workers.
report submitted to the Governor's Office on July 26, 2006
and the Older
Workers in Iowa Profile, released May 2006.