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Job training available for OTC seniors

Older residents of Otter Tail County who are having difficulty finding a job have a local resource that might be able to help.

The Experience Works Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), a nonprofit organization operating in Minnesota, provides paid community service assignments at local public and nonprofit organizations. The program also offers training, referrals to services and job search assistance for eligible individuals. With updated skills, participants use their community service training as a springboard to permanent jobs with local employers.

Experience Works  is currently accepting applications. Applicants must be age 55 or older, unemployed, live in Otter Tail County, and have incomes of $14,588 per year or less for a family of one ($19,663 for family of two).

“In this difficult economy, many older Minnesotans are finding it necessary to find work,” says Teri Stepaniak, Minnesota state manager for Experience Works. “Unfortunately, finding a job can be especially difficult for older

workers who have not looked for employment for some time or for those who been unsuccessful in their job hunt. Our program is a stepping stone for people desperate for work. We can provide immediate assistance and wages, for those who qualify for the SCSEP.”

Experience Works is available for free to those who are elligable. Call 1-855-270-9660 or 998-3161; or visit for more information.