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$269,500 Awarded to Assist Older Workers

Pictured: Brenda Johnson is just one of the many individuals benefiting from the SCSEP program.

NARCOG Receives $269,500 Grant for Workforce Training

North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments (NARCOG) announced today that it was awarded a $269,500 grant from the Center for Workforce Inclusion, Inc. (the Center).  Almost 90 percent of this grant – originally from the U.S. Department of Labor – will provide temporary employment for approximately 50 low-income older adults in Cullman, Lawrence, and Morgan Counties.  These individuals will participate in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).  The program is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year.  “We are pleased to continue our support of the North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments for the 43rd consecutive year” said Gary A. Officer, President and CEO of the Center.

“SCSEP has been such a blessing for our participants during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Robby Cantrell, NARCOG Executive Director. “The grant from the Center is vital to our being able to deliver this program in our region”, he said.  Participants have been able to continue receiving emergency pandemic sick leave while they remained at home.  Receiving these funds provided participants with income security and peace of mind during these unprecedented times.  Participants are slowly beginning to safely return to some training sites where they provide much needed support to community and public agencies such as area libraries, United Way agencies and Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County.

SCSEP is the only federal job training program targeted exclusively to low-income seniors, promoting personal dignity and self-sufficiency through work.  The temporary, part-time community service jobs provide a hand-up for eligible older, unemployed individuals.


NARCOG provides programs and services to the communities and residents of Cullman, Lawrence and Morgan County through the Regional Planning Agency, Regional Transit Agency and Area Agency on Aging.  Learn more at

The Center for Workforce Inclusion is the only national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to employment for older workers in the public and private sectors. The Center has operated the SCSEP for 55 years and currently partners with a diverse network of local organizations including NARCOG. For more information, please visit