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Alaskans Seeking Skills Training (MASST)
MATURE ALASKANS SEEKING SKILLS TRAINING (MASST) federally
known as the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) or may
be cited as the “Community Service Senior Opportunities Act’.
In Alaska, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Employment
Security Division administers the MASST program. The purposes of SCSEP
is to foster individual economic self-sufficiency and promote useful
opportunities in community service activities that shall include community
service employment for unemployed low-income persons who are age 55 or
older, particularly persons who have poor employment prospects, and to
increase the number of persons who may enjoy the benefits of unsubsidized
employment in both the public and private sectors.
The intent of this program is to place older individuals in community service
positions and provide job training to help them become self-sufficient,
provide much needed support to organizations that benefit from increased
civic engagement, and strengthens the communities that are served by such
organizations. This program helps Alaska retain the valuable resources
of older workers while enabling this population to maintain an independent
lifestyle and make meaningful contributions to their communities.