The Centralina Council of Governments offers a wide range of business services to help any business of any size. Wither you are looking for experienced workers, training for your current workforce, you are seeking financial assistance or looking to facilitate public and private partnerships to create and sustain viable jobs we have services to offer you!



Business and Job Seeker Services

The Centralina Workforce Development Board offers funding for Incumbent Worker training to provide local businesses with the money needed to provide training for their current workforce.

Since 2003, the Centralina Workforce Development Board has awarded 81 grants to local businesses with skills training provided to over 4,200 employees. A total of $2,058,440.00 in Incumbent Worker funding has been approved, thus providing real economic investment in existing businesses and the workforce for our region.

Incumbent Worker training grants are competitive with final approval for funding from the NC Department of Commerce. The first round of grants for this year is coming up in September.  For more information on the grant, including the guidelines and application please visit the Centralina Workforce Development Board website located here.

The Centralina Workforce Development Board can also offer recruitment services, retention strategies, hiring and tax incentives, labor market trends and data,  downsizing and layoff assistance and  business survey results. 

For more information on the Centralina Workforce Development Board and their business services contact David Hollars at (704) 348-2718 or by email at



The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

The Centralina Area Agency on Aging offers this employment training program to provide people age 55 years with meaningful employment in nonprofit or public organizations in their community while they look for permanent full time or part time employment. Participants continue to contribute to the community and remain viable members of the workforce, while learning new work skills or enhancing their current skill sets. Participants are a value to local organizations and their clients.

How SCSEP Benefits Employers

• Provides a pool of candidates for a wide variety of jobs

• Saves training dollars by providing loyal workers

• Understands your business and employment needs

How SCSEP Works

SCSEP placements help people learn new job skills that are needed in today’s workplace. Equipping older workers with these skills helps achieve our ultimate goal of moving them into unsubsidized jobs,” said Emily Stover DeRocco, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training. Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, SCSEP has helped older workers find productive jobs for more than 40 years.

Why Would I Hire An Older Worker?

You need look no further than these four words:

Experienced – added value

Qualified – skilled labor

Responsible – work ethic

Talented – diverse abilities

Add it all up. The result is a positive impact on your business.

How We Can Help Your Business

The Senior Community Service Employment Program works each year across the country with more than 100,000 low-income workers age 55 or older. We help them gain and perfect the job skills you need from your employees. Our program can provide you with the employees you need to be competitive.

No Fees

There are no placement fees when you hire an older worker who’s been enrolled in our program.

Think of SCSEP as an employment agency – one with qualified, ready-to-work older workers who want to put their experience, dedication and loyalty to work for you.

For more information contact Lisa Martinez, Senior Employment Program Manager, at 704.348.2713 or contact her by email at