SENCA | Southeast Nebraska Community Action

Investing in Our Neighbors through Education and Partnerships to Improve Lives and Build Strong Communities in Southeast Nebraska.

Community Action Partnership

Investing in Our Neighbors through Education and Partnerships to Improve Lives and Build Strong Communities in Southeast Nebraska.

Community Economic Development

Job Skills

Job Skills Expansion Effective June 25, 2020

The SENCA Community Services department has received new funding from the CSBG (Community Services Block Grant) CARES Act.  A portion of this funding has been set aside for job skill scholarships. SENCA will pay the tuition and fees for classes that improve job skills or employability. These would be classes such as nursing assistant, welding, computer classes, etc.  SENCA is partnering with SCC on the new project.  Eligible individuals require a household income at 200% of the federal poverty level or lower.  If interested please contact your local Community Action Office or the SENCA Central Office - 1-888-313-5608.

For a copy of the 2020 SENCA Job Skills Application, please click here.

SENCA developed and implented the Job Skills program in 2014 with a focus on CNA's (Certified Nurse Assistants)

The SENCA Job Skills Program provides applicants financial assistance in becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant.  Classes are offered through Southeast Community College and are approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.  
Students learn basic nursing skills and will then be able to work in long-term care facilities, hospitals, home health care, hospice or mental health facilities.  Click here to see a full program brochure.

How Does it Work?

The Job Skills Program works on a revolving loan fund concept.  The students sign a promissory note to repay the tuition costs.  SENCA then uses the recouped money to offer additional classes to help more individuals attain certification.  Care facilities who hire the student often pay off the loan for them through the Medicaid Program.

What are the Benefits?

The program benefits both the employer and the student.  Employers get well-trained, responsible staff and the students gain the needed skills to find meaningful employment.

Income Eligibility Guidelines

Applicants must be under 200% of the poverty level for the current year.  This means that in 2021 for a single individual, you must make under $25,760 and for a family of 4, under $53,000.  Once our one-time funding is depleted the tuition cost will be based on a sliding fee scale with 100% of poverty being free, 150% of poverty contributing 25% of the cost; and 200% of poverty contributing 50% of the cost.

Requirements to Participate in the CNA program

Each applicant must be at least 16 years of age and be able to pass a criminal background check. Applicants also must agree to sign a promissory note for the cost of the class, based on the skidding fee scale, and agree to 90 days of follow-up case management services upon completion of the class.

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For more information please contact a SENCA Family Outreach Office near you or contact the Central Office in Humboldt and ask to speak with Executive Director, Vicky McNealy.