County offering employment to seniors

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On-the-job-training provided for 20-hour week jobs

By Lisa King

A new program that offers jobs to senior citizens still has openings remaining, officials say.

Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger’s office has been working with the Lexington-Fayette Urban League to offer people 55 and older who qualify the chance to work 20 hours a week for up to a year through the Senior Community Service Employment Training Program.

The program provides on-the-job-training for low-income seniors by placing them with non-profit organizations and government agencies. These community-service jobs allows senior to earn minimum wage, Rothenburger said.

“We have seniors that want to work but are facing barriers such as age, and a lack of skills or education,” he said.

The program has been funded for 10 positions in Shelby County.

Jenny King, administrative assistance to Rothenburger, said most of these positions remain open.

“We have filled three spots, but still have seven open,” she said.

The jobs are available with the following agencies:

§       Emergency Medical Services.

§       Property Valuation office.

§       Animal Control.

§       Parks and Recreation.

§       Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency.

§       Triple S Planning and Zoning.

§       Shelby Prevention.

Rothenburger said the program helps seniors by providing paid on-the-job-training, computer skills classes, employability classes and GED tutoring.

The Lexington-Fayette Urban League is a non-profit organization with programs designed to help low-income and at risk individuals and seniors meet their educational, financial and housing needs. The Senior Community Service Employment Training Program has been an Urban League non-profit program since 1987, sponsored by the National Council on Aging and funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Anyone interested in participating in this program should contact King at the county judge’s office at 633-1220 or Gladys Hayes-Moore at the Lexington Urban League at 859-277-3979.