The Search Begins in Louisiana for America’s Outstanding Oldest Worker

Staff reports

Nominations now are being accepted in the search for America’s Outstanding Oldest Worker for 2011.  Sponsored by Experience Works, the search is part of a national effort to raise awareness about the contributions older individuals make in today’s workplace and to break down barriers often associated with their employment. In Louisiana, Experience Works operates the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide skills training, work experience, and community service opportunities for low-income older workers.

America’s Outstanding Oldest Worker nominees must be 100 years of age or older, currently employed, working at least 20 hours each week for pay and involved in his or her community.  Additional information, including the nomination form, is available at  The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2011.

            “Experience Works is proud to sponsor the search for America’s Outstanding Oldest Worker,” said Billy Wooten, executive director of program operations for Experience Works. “We believe that people who are productive and active throughout their lives will have better health, increased longevity and a more positive impact on their communities.”

            Last year’s honorees were 104-year-old Emilio Navarro of Ponce Puerto Rico and 101-year-old Sally Gordon of Lincoln, Neb.

            The last surviving member of the Negro American League, Mr. Navarro is considered the world’s oldest former baseball player, softball player and coach. Known by the nickname Millito, he has been inducted in the Puerto Rican Baseball Hall of Fame and the Puerto Rican Sports Hall of Fame. He currently works as the comptroller for a company that he founded after his baseball career, Schuffley Alley, which distributes gaming machines.

            The first female sergeant-at-arms for Nebraska, Ms. Gordon continues to serve the state’s legislators. With an employment history that spans 84 years, she has worked for three of Nebraska’s governors and several other government agencies. Her experience also includes court reporting, advertising, retail work and professional modeling – a career she began at age 56.

 Formerly known as Green Thumb, Experience Works is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of low-income older people through employment, community service, and training.

Individuals who would like more information about Experience Works’ job programs should visit or call 866-397-9757.