Senior Employment

The Department administers the Senior Employment Program and Older Worker Program to assist older Iowans gain and maintain employment and increase their self-sufficiency.

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

SCSEP serves unemployed, low-income individuals who are 55 or older and who have limited employment prospects due to a lack of experience, outdated skills or long-term unemployment. The program’s objective is to provide job skills training to older adults to assist them in obtaining and maintaining unsubsidized employment. It meets this goal by placing participants at government or not-for-profit organizations, where they receive paid training for community service work.

Read the Iowa SCSEP State Plan (2020-2024)

Iowa SCSEP Map

Older Worker Employment Program (OWEP)

The Department has collaborated with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services to create the Older Worker Employment Program (OWEP). The program uses federal funds to house older worker employment specialists at each of the state’s six Area Agencies on Aging, where they provide employment services to Iowans aged 55 or older with disabilities. Services include assisting job candidates with completing job applications, writing resumes, practicing for interviews and networking with prospective employers.


Find your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.