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Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

Norma

Workforce Challenge

Norma had recently moved to a small town in Kansas where she had great difficulty finding employment, even part time which was her preference. She felt strongly that her advanced age was perceived as a liabiltiy to potential employers. Her transportation ability was very limited - the small town did not provide and public transportation and she did not feel comfortable driving an unrealiable vehicle to the nearest largest city.

Workforce Solution

Norma joined the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in August 2008. She was assigned to perform 20 hours per week of paid community service at the local senior center complex where she lived. She performed food service duties at the local congregate meal site. This site/senior center was just steps from her front door and provided her interaction with other seniors.

Outcomes & Benefits

As a result of the fantastic work she provided the congregate meal site, she was hired as a Site Supervisor when the position became avaialable. She was given a convenient schedule of 20 hours per week and began earning enough to suppliment her retirement income. She is now a happy and respected worker positively representing the elder generation in a setting where her age and experience will forever be valued.

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