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Workforce Development

Older Workers

55 + and Need a job? Employers are looking for people like YOU! 

Employers value the talent older workers bring to the workplace and are looking for people like you. The City of Duluth's OLDER WORKER Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) can help you update your skills for today's work world through work-based and classroom training, plus provide tips on the most effective job search techniques. Services are free and tailored to address each individuals specific needs. 

The Services of this program are ideal for...

  • Retirees who wish to return to part-time work
  • Widowed individuals who have limited recent work experience outside the home
  • Older adults who are unemployed and wish to learn new skills
The Program combines 3 different training's to enhance older-workers ability to re-enter the workforce and transition into unsubsidized employment.

Internship assignment training

  • Interns work 20 hours/week and earn minimum wage
  • Interns learn work-based skills,increase confidence, gain recent work experience.
  • Examples:Office and clerical support,kitchen assistant, custodial, janitorial, maintenance, information clerk, activity assistant, animal care provider, advocate, carpenter assistant

Classroom training

  • Examples: basic computer training, health services certificate training, direct care professional, CNA, workshops, seminars, individual construction, or training through other employment and training programs or community colleges.

Job Search Skills training

  • Examples:Applications, resumes, cover letters, interviewing, networking, on-line job search, job search for offenders, creative job search,job club, communicating effectively at work, self-knowledge in work settings, making a good impression, problem solving, and critical thinking in today's work world.
  • Participants have access to employment assistance through the America's Job Center One Stop

Eligibility Requirements

Funding for the program comes from the Older Americans Act

You must be:

  • Age 55 or older,(if you do not meet this criteria, please view our other programs)
  • Unemployed,
  • Reside in St. Louis Co.,MN,and
  • Income Eligible(call to be assessed and get more information).

Success Stories 

" The staff at the Senior Employment Program are supportive and motivating."

- Forrest P

"You gave me the opportunity to rejuvenate my self-esteem, and develop a fresh outlook and new purpose in life." 

-Jerry B

"Thanks for helping me get a job, I couldn't have done it without you"

-Evelyn F




To learn more about the Older Worker program, please contact Carol Turner at the WorkForce Center. Her information is located in the right side bar.

Initial Application  - You must be 55 or older to participate in this program -

Workshop Calendar- Free Workshops geared towards job seekers and employers.

 Online Resources 

Online Tools for building your resume, finding jobs, and keeping healthy while doing it.

Career Exploration Sites

  • Brainfuse JobNow- Provides support at every stage of the job search, free of cost. All you need is your library card.
  • CareerOneStop- Explore careers, find training, and conduct job search.
  • My Skills My Future- Tell us about a job you've had, we'll find careers with similar skills for you to explore
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook-The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations


Career Assessment Sites

  • ONET Center Assessments- A family of self-assessment career exploration tools that can help clients discover the type of work activities and occupations that they would like and find exciting. Clients identify and learn about broad interest areas most relevant to themselves. They can use their interest results to explore the world of work
  • WITC Career Interest Questionnaire- Participate in this 10 minute questionnaire about your interests to help identify which clusters (career areas) might be the best fit for you. Based on activities you enjoy, your personal qualities and school subjects you like, the questionnaire ranks the career clusters you may find most fulfilling

 Job Search Advice/Training Sites

Job Banks

An internet-based self-service system where job seekers and employers can find each other. Registration is encouraged because it allows full access to all the features of the system.
This is where talented individuals can be matched with careers that fit their interests and goals. It’s the place where employers can instantly locate talent that is a great match for their latest openings.
The League of Minnesota Cities has a good list of openings in municipalities around Minnesota.

Veteran Sites

Government Pages






Elena Foshay
Workforce Center
402 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802


WorkForce Center      (218) 302-8400

Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM



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