Jewish Council for the Aging Services
The Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA) assists eligible older workers through their older worker programs and brings these services to the Wheaton American Job Center.
JCA operates the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). SCSEP provides paid, on-the-job training for low-income men and women age 55 and older who live in Montgomery County. The organization also runs an annual 50+ Employment Expo (see below), six SeniorTech Computer Training Centers, and The Career Gateway — an intensive job-search training program for computer-savvy job-seekers age “50 or better.”
JCA can be contacted directly at 301-255-4200.
50+ Employment Expo (Job Fair)
WorkSource Montgomery joins the Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA) to organize and have a presence its annual job fair. Many seniors are still actively working and others want to stay relevant and contribute via a new “sunset career.” Statistics show that keeping one’s mind active leads to a longer, healthier life, and being connected to others through paid work, volunteering or hobbies helps to do just that! Please keep checking our calendar to see when it’s happening this year.
50+ Career Club
Just like any affiliate group, 50+ job seekers benefit from like-minded peers for support, and to share ideas and expertise. Seniors face their own challenges in the workplace – often having different values, work norms and expectations than younger generations. The way people go about job hunting has changed drastically as technology, the workforce itself and societal norms have evolved. Many seniors face perceived or real job discrimination and feel their experience is not valued. Seniors may have worked for the same organization for many years and considered it like a family which is tough to give up. Accepting change is difficult for many people and this club can help ease the transition. Please visit one our our Job Centers for more information.
Senior Programs – Older Adults Technology Services (OATS)
Some seniors are wary of computer usage, worry about personal identity theft and generally distrust information demanded by websites in order to pursue a job search. This service helps seniors with computer, smart devices and apps like Facebook so they can stay connected to friends and family. Learn more by visiting one of our centers.
Do you want to work for yourself? Read the AARP toolkit for self-employment over 50.
Montgomery County is committed to the older worker and citizen. Read about the county goals and recommendations from the 2015 Summit on Aging.
50+ Employment Services Resource List – a comprehensive directory of 50+ resources and service providers in and around the area.
Older Workers are Here to Stay – This online guidebook by JCA and Washington Jewish Week provides tips and techniques for landing a job.