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3/21/2014 6:00:00 AM
Placement, training available to older job seekers

Eve Hanna
Miner Reporter

KINGMAN - Unemployed senior job seekers age 55-plus can qualify for job training and job placement services through the Title V federal program implemented through the Area Agency on Aging and the Senior Community Service Employment Program.

"We can place participants in paid part-time on-the-job training at local non-profit and government agencies based upon their age, Arizona residency, income eligibility and provided they are currently unemployed," said Valli Smith, the local Title V program representative.

Interested senior job seekers can begin the process by meeting with Smith to determine eligibility. They also register as a job seeker and attend two workshops at the career center that gives Smith the opportunity to get to know the candidates job interests and skills. If eligible, the participant would work 30 hours per week at minimum wage.

"When we have a Title V position available that seems suited for a participant, I let them know about the assignment and ask if they would like to be considered for it," said Smith. "It's on-the-job training paid for by the Title V program, not the employer."

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The employers - called "host agencies" - invest their time working with the participant and teaching them specific job skills. Once the participant has reached a level of proficiency in the position, they are required to look for unsubsidized employment at least twice a month and complete a job search log.

"Once a participant finds a full-time job, that opens up another slot for someone else because our funding is limited," said Smith.

According to Smith, older workers can find it difficult to reenter the workforce. He said employers should consider that older workers have years of experience and a good work ethic. They are also punctual, have a lower rate of absenteeism than younger workers, are natural mentors and are willing to work flexible schedules, according to studies conducted by the Area Agency on Aging.

"Employers should think about what it will be like when they're older and need a job because none of us are getting any younger," said Smith.

More information on the Title V program is available at the One-Stop Career Center located in the Mohave County Administrative Building at 700 West Beale Street in Kingman.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

"So you fully comprehend the concepts necessary to make repairs to a neon/argon laser that has developed a nanometer signal drop-out in a single-mode fiber operating in the extreme upper reaches of the multi-signal categories?"

That has nothing to do with "smart" and everything to do with training and experience. I've met some well educated people that were dumber than a box of hammers when it came to the simple things in life.

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

"P.S., I don't have a 4 yr. college degree but I am just as capable and smart as those with that piece of paper!!!!!"

So you fully comprehend the concepts necessary to make repairs to a neon/argon laser that has developed a nanometer signal drop-out in a single-mode fiber operating in the extreme upper reaches of the multi-signal categories?

Although I am one of those people you denigrate - possessing in fact two degrees from university - I am fully cognizant of the fact that I lack knowledge in many, many areas and would never make such an ignorant statement to the extant that I am "just as smart" as any other person.

To make the statement that one is just as smart as anyone else is always fraught with the error of hubris and arrogance and should be entered into with extreme trepidation. In fact such a statement should NEVER be made, period.

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Athens

They have had this before. It was a complete joke in my opinion. Others also. Some of us got up and left for we actually needed "real" jobs to feed ourselves and pay the rent.

We had the years of experience, computer skills. Our problem was, there are no jobs here.
The few jobs these people would get are kind of pretend, made up government jobs. Not much pride in your work in being given one of these pretend jobs after 50 years of actual "real time" experience.

We need lower taxes on higher income people who run businesses so they will be able to hire more people, not this pablum, pretend stuff.

And the tutoring. I looked into that also. It paid under $3.00 an hour. I love children, have a bunch of them, a bunch of grandchildren, have cared for and taught children all my life but under $3 an hour is basically for those retirees that have no money problems. That doesn't fit many of us.

Some of us, due to unforeseen life changes, the fallen economy, etc have been left with not much after years of planning for retirement.

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

@ Vallie Smith,
Working as a CASA I certainly put in much more than 10 hours a month!! And it does take knowledge and life learned experience to do the work and dedication to the case assigned.
Court reports to the Judge in the case and appearances in court on behalf the children you represent, contact with all involved in the case and interviews with various ones, also keeping records of each and every contact you make as a CASA, It most certainly requires more than ten hours a month.

And, yes when one goes into that voluntary position you know it is a non pay position but, that doesn't mean it should be!! It was after my "voluntary" time I spent as a CASA I realized it is a lot of work for the state to expect of one for nothing!!

There is the foster grandparent tutor program at the schools where they receive a stipend for their time paid for through NAU.
What is wrong with approaching the idea of such for CASAs??
P.S., I don't have a 4 yr. college degree but I am just as capable and smart as those with that piece of paper!!!!! Foster parents aren't required to have such yet the state places children in their care, some of whom never should be allowed to foster parent!

Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Article comment by: Valli Smith

Amaaryllis: Title V has the specific goal of providing people 55 and older with recent job experience and specific job skills so they can reenter the workforce in a career that suits them. CASA is a great program but their goals are focused on children's needs. Not many people 55 and older need the skills a CASA would be involved in. CASA experience may be applied to a case worker or social worker who deals with children's cases. There are not many job openings in that here in Kingman. Social workers need a college degree and few seniors would want to begin a lengthy and pricey college degree program anyway. Title V focuses on getting seniors back into the workforce using the years they have left with on-the-job training for the most part.
CASAs know the program is voluntary. They don't expect to get paid and 10 hours a month is average. Title V people work 30 hours and gain work experience for employers to be able to verify worker dependability and professionalism.
Volunteer and/or work! You can do both, if you like. I volunteer as a reading tutor, Sunday School teacher, and hospital volunteer. I love to help people improve their life. I also enjoy my Title V Program Representative job. I gain satisfaction from both. You can, too. Maybe not both now.

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

Why not take this Title V and convert it into a stipend for those who would like to be CASA workers and allow CASAs to receive some sort of pay for all the work involved in that position?
I was a CASA and helped to get two young girls adopted into a wonderful home and there is nothing better than attending the final signing of their new beginning in life with people you know will love them and give them the best chance they could possibly get in life.
But, as the recent article calling for volunteers for CASA stated, IT IS a lot of work and you do become emotionally involved because it's your job to be close the children and you deal with all parties involved in a case.
I have considered re-applying but, I don't think without some compensation that would help with doing activities with the children I will do it again.

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