COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Today's high-tech office is no longer a barrier for older workers in central Ohio. The Franklin County Recorder Robert G. Montgomery made the Recorder's Office a "host agency," which provides training for workers age 55 and older using AARP's Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

The program, which has sites in 33 states, offers older workers an opportunity to develop skills while looking for a permanent job. The AARP/SCSEP allows workers to develop current work experience and new skills and helps them locate a permanent position either in the host agency or with another employer outside the program. It is the goal of the AARP/SCSEP for clients to obtain employment outside of the program.

Each worker receives up to 20 hours a week of on-the-job training at the host agency where they are paid by the Department of Labor under the authority of the Older Americans Act of 1965. The wages for each of the workers are paid until they find permanent employment.

Over the past two years, the Franklin County Recorder's office has provided a work environment for several members of the program. In January, one of the workers was hired in the data entry department in the office on a permanent, full-time basis.

Franklin County Recorder's Office