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SMPDD/AAA gets stimulus money

GULFPORT — Southern Mississippi Planning & Development District’s Area Agency on Aging (SMPDD/AAA) has received $300,429 in stimulus funds for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) to provide additional paid job training to local unemployed older adults.

These new funds will enable SMPDD/AAA to immediately place 34 older adults in community service assignments. The assignments will help them enhance their skills to compete in the job marketplace while providing local non-profit and public agencies with needed manpower that allows them to maintain or increase their level of service to the community.

“We’re especially looking to place individuals in jobs that provide services such as education, nutrition, healthcare, green jobs and weatherization,” said Shelly Battista, SCSEP project director.These are areas that have the potential to sustain increased numbers of individuals in job markets that are expected to grow, allowing for prolonged

future employment.”

Non-profit and public agencies interested in partnering with SMPDD to host job training assignments can contact Battista at (228) 314-1467 or sbattista@smpdd.com. Residents age 55 and over who are interested in participating in the SCSEP should also contact Battista for more information.

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