In recognition of Earth Day 2010, (April 22) Experience Works, Inc., has announced it will launch a new program to promote green jobs for older Americans. Funded by a $100,000 Green Jobs Capacity grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the program will train staff members to identify green job training and employment opportunities for older workers in Missouri.

Experience Works is the nation’s largest nonprofit training and employment organization for older workers. It currently operates the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in 30 states, including Missouri and Puerto Rico.

“Experience Works and SCSEP participants have a legacy of working to improve the environment,” said Billy Wooten, executive director of program operations for Experience Works. “From the very beginning, our participants have worked to beautify and improve parks, historical sites and recreational areas. We look forward to continuing those efforts while expanding new opportunities in the field of recycling and other green industries.”

Founded in 1965 as Green Thumb, the program was part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Two of the programs strongest supporters were Lady Bird Johnson and the founder of Earth Day, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson.

Through the SCSEP, Experience Works assists low-income older people in Missouri with self-assessments, technical and skills training, the job search process, and finding an appropriate training assignment with a local community service agency. The goal is to provide participants with the skills and tools to transition from their community service assignments to permanent employment with a local employer.

For more information about the SCSEP and Experience Works, call 866-397-9757 or log on to www.experienceworks.org.