Chenango-Delaware-Otsego County Workforce

August 2018
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About CDO Workforce

The   Chenango-Delaware-Otsego Workforce  is the agency to  link employers with workers , and  workers with the resources they need to  develop their careers .

We offer a  wealth of information & free services for both  employers and job seekers . Please  visit our website for an  overview of our services -- and  contact us to find out how we can help! 

An American Job Center

CDO Workforce Workshops

CDO Workforce Offers FREE Workshops Every Month!

Assistance with creating your unemployment GOV ID, creating an email account, completing online applications and any other online assistance needed for your job search.

Learn about different resume styles with an emphasis on what works and what doesn't work. Learn what employers look for in a resume. This workshop will give you the tools to fine tune your current resume or create a new one.

LinkedIn is the largest professional networking site available today. See how it can help you reinvent your job search. You will walk away with a basic understanding of how LinkedIn works, along with how to make an all-star rated profile to expand your network and connect you to employers.

Stumped by the financial aid process? This workshop is geared towards prospective students and parents who are facing the challenge of applying for financial aid. Learn how to navigate the process from figuring out how much college will cost, applying for federal and state aid, reviewing and comparing award letters, to accepting awards and preparing to pay back borrowed money.

Assist with answering those difficult questions, etiquette, body language and follow up; set up mock interviews for individualized attention.

CDO offers assessments to assist you in determining what occupations you may have the interests and aptitudes for, but never thought about. If interested in this confidential assessment, inquire at the front desk.

Must have a disclosed "Conviction" to attend. 
This workshop focuses on:
  1. Your rights as a job seeker in New York State
  2. How convictions can affect employment
  3. How to prepare for answering questions about your record
  4. Job search strategies that work for you
  5. Work for Success Initiative
  6. Work Opportunity Tax Credit
  7. Federal Bond Program
Resources, guides, and support to the Veteran population from a trained and knowledgeable Veteran Counselor.

This workshop is designed to help you focus on self-exploration to begin your job search. In this workshop, you will explore careers that match your skill set, interests, barriers to employment and goals.

In today's world it is not just necessary to have the technical skills to perform a job. Employer's today want employees who exhibit personal traits that enable them to interact effectively with customers and their coworkers. These skills are commonly referred to as "Soft Skills" - skills an employee needs to get along and work well with others.

This workshop focuses on developing a positive attitude with the emphasis on using this in the workplace to promote great customer service.

* COMPUTER BASICS, NAVIGATION, AND TYPING-A basic introduction to the computer needed for a job search: turn it on, mouse use, saving, desktop, basic navigation buttons, shutting down, typing practice. Some lecture and a lot of practice with instructor coaching.
* MS WORD-Basics of creating and saving a written document, such as a resume. Bold, underline, tab, bullet, typing & spell check. We will be working on your personal resume as practice. Some lecture and a lot of practice with instructor coaching.
* GMAIL-Set up a Gmail account. Learn the basics of opening mail, composing an email with attachment & sending it, replying and forwarding emails, and organizing your mailbox. Some lecture and a lot of practice with instructor coaching.
* SEARCH AND APPLY ONLINE-Registering with Indeed, uploading a resume, looking for a job, and step-by-step practice applying online. Some lecture and a lot of practice with instructor coaching.

Learn about your employment rights as protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Discussion will include your right to choose if you want to disclose your disability, when to disclose, how to disclose, and how to request an accommodation.

Visit our online calendar to find out more about these valuable workshops and how to register!

Emerging Worker Committee
Do you Work with Youth?

If you work with Youth, you might be interested in becoming involved with our committee.

Under the direction of
CDO's Workforce Development Board, the
Emerging Worker Committee provides on-going leadership and support for continuous quality improvement for  local youth programs

We assist with planning, operational and other issues related to youth

We recommend ways to leverage resources and coordinate services

If you would like to serve on this committee, we meet quarterly in Oneonta.  

Email or call Maggie Gilbert

CDO Workforce Program & Partner News

Oneonta CDO Workforce Celebrates - 
Annual Picnic in the Park

Oneonta CDO Workforce recently held their annual Picnic in the Park
Staffworks provided the delicious Brook's BBQ chicken, so to show their appreciation they all wore Staffworks' t-shirts!  

Everyone had a wonderful time... except for the chickens.


Go STEM Institute coordinator Doug Reilly assists Tara Bookhout, 12, of Laurens with her rocket on the SUNY Oneonta baseball field Tuesday. 

Students shoot for stars at science camp

By Erin Jerome, Staff Writer for the Daily Star

A group of novice astronomers tinkered with their rockets Tuesday morning ahead of launches into a bright blue sky over the campus of the State University of New York at Oneonta.

The 18 middle-school students attending the GoSTEM summer institute camp shared scientific curiosities from robotics to astronomy, and are spending the week exploring the galaxy through lessons and activities on space and technology.

On Monday they took samples from a pond on campus and used the organisms under the microscope to spark a conversation about the atmosphere and signs of life on Mars. The group also practiced block coding on small drones and rovers in preparation of a "mission" to drop a payload on a foreign planet later in the week.

"Some of them have already done it, so they've been helping each other out," consultant teacher Kaitlyn Woods said of the coding lessons.

The kids were shuffled into teams in the physical science classroom, where a list of "norms" on the whiteboard dictated appropriate- and scientific- behavior to consider all ideas, work together and analyze to achieve a consensus.

Tina Puwekeh, 12, an Oneonta Middle School student, said she wanted to come to the camp to escape summer doldrums and make new friends while learning about science. For 12-year-old Emily Brandt of Unatego, wondering at the Milky Way in the planetarium had been the best part of the week so far.

"One of the things they've been telling us is that they don't do much of this hands-on stuff anymore in school," coordinator Doug Reilly said between helping students with their rocket starters.

Reilly, who runs the A.J. Read Science Discovery Center on campus, is t aking over the camp in its eighth year from retired biology professor Bill Pietraface. Pietraface said that the CDO STEM organizers hope to add camps in Chenango and Delaware counties in the future.

After the rocket construction was finished, it was time to name them, at least for the science fiction fans.

"Do you know how to spell Enterprise?"

"She's never watched Star Trek!"

T he careful assembly paid off on the campus baseball field with high-flying results. Later in the day, the group would again be maneuvering drone flights.

"We've been throwing some really challenging stuff at them and they've been powering through it," Reilly said.

CDO Workforce is the original architect of the CDO STEM Council back in 2009! The Workforce Investment Board Director back then, Kevin Price, brought representatives together from Education/Training and Business/Industry to try and locally address the worker shortfall related to current and future STEM jobs.
CDO Workforce remains a standing member of the CDO STEM Council.

Photo & article reprinted with permission.
To view the article at The Daily Star, click here

CDO Workforce/BEAM Success Story

Thomas Price has been working with CDO Workforce on and off for the last eight years. 

He attained his GED through the Out-Of-School (OOS) Youth program and was assisted with enrolling in Morrisville State College (main campus)

Due to a lack of finances, Thomas left college to seek full time employment. He was assisted by CDO Workforce in preparing a resume and prepping for an interview at a local production company in Norwich

After four years of employment and very minimal wage increases, he made the decision to go back to college and try to increase his employability

Thomas contacted CDO Workforce and found out about the BEAM program and was assisted with re-enrolling in Morrisville college to attend part-time at the Norwich campus

Unfortunately, he found that he did not have enough time to commit to school due to his work schedule, so he stopped attending. 

At that point, Thomas decided to work with his BEAM worker towards securing better employment. He was again assisted with updating his resume and preparing for an interview at a prominent production company in Norwich

He was hired at a rate higher than his ending salary at the precious company, and within the first two weeks, he was given a raise of $1.00 more per hour. His employer predicts that Thomas will increase his wage by another $5.00 - $6.00 more per hour


Hiring Workers with Disabilities Resources  Page

CDO Workforce now has a new resource and information page available on our website that  provides information for employers who have hired or who are interested in hiring workers with disabilities.

The page includes information about tax credits and where to go to get your questions answered, as well as informative and inspirational stories and news articles.

This page will be updated often, so please visit often, and please share the link!

To visit the page, click here.  


CDO Workforce Oneonta Hosts Opportunities for Otsego Recruitment

CDO Workforce Oneonta office held an on-site recruitment for Opportunities for Otsego on July 25th. 

Approximately 26 job seekers attended a "Meet The Employer" session to learn about current job openings with Opportunities for Otsego.

"Founded in 1966, Opportunities for Otsego helps alleviate poverty and fosters self-sufficiency through comprehensive and holistic client-centered services. The Agency focuses its attention on specific problems affecting the community, mobilizes resources, and creates solutions to unlock opportunities for low-income individuals and disenfranchised families. Our services encourage economic stability, social justice, and the promotion of healthy lives and families for residents of Otsego County."

To view current employment opportunities with Opportunities for Otsego, click here


Trade Adjustment Assistance Program Success Stories

When individuals lose their job due to foreign trade, there are funds available for them to go into training. The CDO Norwich Office/ Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program staff have helped the following individuals receive training to start new careers.

"B"  worked at a local manufacturer for three years as a Team Assembler making $11.50/hr. Before working there, she had five years of experience in a Medical Office, but was unfamiliar with the coding and billing. "B" had started her degree years ago, and the Norwich staff discovered that she had some transferable credits which shortened her training time. B went on to earn her AAS degree in Medical Office Administration from Morrisville State College. She was then  employed at a local hospital as an Ambulatory Office Assistant making $14.91/hr.

"A" worked at a local manufacturing company for two years as a Team Assembler making $11.25/hr.  She attended Morrisville State College and earned her AAS Medical Office Administration. She was then hired  at a local hospital in the Radiology Department as an Access Care Representative at $14.38/hr.

"S"  was enrolled in college, and worked at a local manufacturing company. She worked as an Assembler for $10.00/hr. She will be graduating in December of 2018 with her Masters in Education. She already has a classroom at a school in Schenectady, NY, where she will be teaching 4 grade this September, 2018, making $27,500.00/year.


Success Stories: Helping Veterans 

For the month of July, Six Veterans were helped back to work in Chenango, Delaware and Otsego Counties.

From July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, a total of 33 Veterans were helped back to work! 

"We have an excellent record getting Veterans back to work, due to a great team effort from County Staff, LSR's, Counselor and Veteran Reps. Our case load for several months has been low.  Due to this it gives us quality time to work with our Veterans to assist in training needs, resume prep, work search or referring them to the VA for medical help. We are also fortunate to have Veteran Friendly Businesses willing to recruit Veterans."

--Paul, Russo, Local Veteran Employment Representative (LVER), NYSDOL


CDO Workforce Disability Employment Resources
  • Are you a  job seeker with a disability interested in  training and a career in a  growing industry , such as  Healthcare, Manufacturing, or IT ?
  • Do you want to obtain the skills and credentials necessary to achieve living wage employment? 
  • Do you need assistance with paying for the training and credentials required to move up a career ladder? 
  • Can you benefit from on-going support and disability services resources including job placement, job retention, benefits counseling (Ticket to Work) and career guidance? 
Please contact your nearest CDO Workforce Center  for more information and assistance.
Disability Resource Coordinators (DRC) are available for benefit counseling and additional services. 

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

To download our flyer, click here. 
To visit our webpage, click here.


AAI Grant Program

Benefits of Apprenticeship:
  • Helps recruit & develop a highly skilled workforce
  • Improves productivity and the bottom line
  • Provides opportunities for tax credits & employee tuition benefits
  • Reduces turnover costs and increases employee retention
  • Creates industry driven and flexible training solutions to meet national & local needs
  • Allows workers to earn and learn at the same time
  • We provide up to $3,000 per apprentice for related technical instruction
  • We provide up to $600 per apprentice for pre-apprenticeship training
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The  American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) is building a  new sustainable regional pipelin e specific to  advanced manufacturing , including  nanotechnology, cybersecurity and unmanned vehicle systems .  

This program helps people who have an interest in becoming an apprentice and employers who have an apprenticeship program, or are interested in starting one, located in the following counties:  
Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins. 

Contact us to find out how we can help!

If you would like to  receive AAI's bi-monthly newsletter, please  email Jodi Delapaz , Communications Coordinator, and she will be happy to  add you to the list.

AAI also has a Facebook page where we are keeping up with important news about apprenticeships and apprentices, along with tips and opportunities.
Please 'like' our page to keep up with this hot news topic!


CDO Youth Program

Youth Program  participants continue to receive valuable skills and credentials to help them become more marketable to employers.

To learn more about the CDO Workforce Youth Program, contact:

Norwich: Dan Goldman
Phone: 607-334-2201 x100

Delaware County: Jen Mitchell
Sidney Civic Center, Liberty Street 
Sidney, NY  13838

Otsego County: Penny Seeger 
Dietz Street, Oneonta, NY 13820
432-4800 ext 111 

BEAM is Enrolling in Chenango County

Have you  tried attending college or training , but found it just wasn't a good fit?  
Do you want help navigating  through the  admissions, financial aid and academic maze?  
If you are 1 9 years of age or older and live in Chenango County, NY, you may be eligible for the BEAM program.

Enroll today and you may be selected to receive:
  • Labor Market Information
  • Orientation to college support staff and academic counseling
  • Training opportunities
  • Job site tours, shadowing, customized to your interests & planned career paths
  • Advocacy and career coaching
  • Career assessment tools
To learn more, visit: or contact BEAM Outreach Coordinator, Heather Schaap, at 607-334-2201, ext. 120 or email her at
Return-to-Work Toolkit - Resource for Employers

Return-to-Work Toolkit

"When employees experience illness or injury, it often impacts their ability to perform their jobs. In cases where an employee is out of work due to illness or injury, it's in everyone's best interest to return him or her to work in some capacity as soon as they are able.

Return-to-work strategies and programs have traditionally been used to reduce workers' compensation costs; however, they can do much more - they can improve productivity and morale across an organization, they can save organizations time and money and they can protect agencies from loss of talent. 

Fortunately, accommodations for employees returning to work are highly cost effective, with most incurring little or no expense at all. 

To learn more and view or download resources, click here

For Job Seekers: Interviewing Tips

Interviewing Tips for Job Seekers

"Four things recruiters look for to size up candidates' potential."

Veterans Resources

New Resources for Veterans on the CDO Workforce Website

We've added  new resources for Veterans on our  CDO Workforce website .

To view the resources, click here

We also offer a free Veterans Workshop every month, which offers resources, guides, and support to the Veteran population from a trained and knowledgeable Veteran Counselor. To find out more about this workshop, click here

CDO Workforce Social Media Sharing
Did you know that we post the latest local job openings
on our Facebook page & Twitter feed?

We also share community and partner events and news-- and breaking workforce news...

Please "like" and "Follow" us - and share us with your friends!

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We've always got a lot of valuable information--like  community news and opportunities, training & funding opportunities, program updates & success stories and more! 

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The Mistake That Almost Got Me Fired But Transformed My Career

The Mistake That Almost Got Me Fired But Transformed My Career

"It's important to stick up for yourself and make your voice heard. But it's just as crucial to know when there are other, better options."

To read the article, click here

WIC Participants Can Receive Farmers' Market Checks

Farmers' Market Checks Available to WIC Participants

Farmers' Market checks are available for WIC Participants beginning June 1st

This year, each participant over the age of 9 months-old, is eligible to receive one $20 check booklet

Please call your local WIC office to schedule an appointment.

In Chenango County: Opportunities for Chenango
In Delaware County: Delaware Opportunities
In Otsego County: Opportunities for Otsego

Hiring Workers with Disabilities

Resources for Employers: Hiring Workers with Disabilities

We've added new resources to the Hiring Workers with Disabilities page on the CDO Workforce website.

You can check them out here:


HEAP Cooling Assistance Benefit

Households with U.S. Citizens or qualified aliens may be eligible to receive a free air conditioner through a HEAP Cooling Assistance Benefit starting May 1st if:
  • Your gross monthly income is at or below HEAP's monthly income limits, or you receive SNAP, Temporary Assistance, or Supplemental Security Income Living Alone
  • A household member has a documented medical condition worsened by heat
  • You received a Regular HEAP Heating Benefit greater than $21 this year
  • You have no working air conditioners or your air conditioner is at least 5 years old
  • You have not received a HEAP-funded air conditioner in 10 years
Learn more about the HEAP Cooling Assistance Benefit at: or 1-800-342-3009

If you do not have air conditioning at home, find a place to get cool in your community:

Tips to Get Cool:
  • Stay indoors in air conditioning for at least a few hours
  • Drink plenty of cool nonalcoholic and caffeine-free liquids
  • Talk to your doctor about how to stay hydrated and medications that might make you sensitive to heat
  • Avoid working or playing outside during the hottest part of the day (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Take a cool shower or bath
Find more extreme heat advice at

To view/download the flyer, click here

Community Events

Planning for the Future: Wills, Power of Attorney & Health Care Proxies

When: Wednesday, August 8th at 2:00 PM

Where: Elm Park Methodist Church
401 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, NY
Offered by Legal Aid Society of Mid New York

To register, contact: Otsego County Office for the Aging at 607-547-4232 or 607-432-9041

Family Farm Day

Family Farm Day provides a unique opportunity to discover so much of what our local agriculture has to offer. Thirty-five farms across two counties invite you to discover their brand of farming.

Family Farm Day Etiquette:

Pets are not allowed on Family Farm Day farms.

Please do not stray on farms; remain in designated visitor areas. . . . 

And be sure to bring a cooler or insulated bag to take home delicious, local, farm-fresh products purchased throughout the day.

Family Farm Day is a collaborative event produced by Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties, Cornell Cooperative Extension Delaware County, Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Schoharie County Tourism, Otsego County Tourism, Delaware County Tourism, Schoharie, Otsego, and Delaware County Farm Bureaus, and Schoharie, Otsego, and Delaware County farms.

To find out more, click here

Mom Networking Playdate
Connecting local Mom Entrepreneurs in a convenient and fun way.

"Whether you run your own business or have a side business out of your home, we invite you to come network with other women who are also multi-tasking professional goals and family. Share ideas, get inspired, and support one another."

Includes refreshments, games and prizes. Children welcome!

Noah's World
144 Roundhouse Rd., Oneonta, NY 

Saturday, August 25th, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Noah's World will be renovating its space to provide for a more spacious and relaxed affair. Dress casual

This event is free.  Limited spaces available. To register, please call 607-432-7529.


First Annual Veteran's Ride to Freedom

Join the Northern New York Chapter of the Association of the US Army in the First Annual Veteran's Ride to Freedom and help raise funds to support AUSA local efforts to represent all Active, Retired and Reserve components of the United States Army.

You do not have to be associated in any way with the Army to ride.  

To register and for more information, click here


"From Trash to Cash" Solid Waste Facility Open House & Guided Tours

The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce believes that innovative business models can work in government, and a great example of that is what's happening at the Delaware County Solid Waste Management Center.

The Chamber has partnered with Solid Waste Facility Director Susan McIntyre and staff at the Center, located at 32230 State Highway 10, Walton, for a public open house on Saturday, August 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

There will be guided tours of the compost facility and recycling center where people can see how solid waste is handled through the sustainable practices of composting, recycling and resource recovery.

Reservations are NOT required.


Benefit Concert for Catskill Area Hospice

To learn more about the event or to buy tickets, click here

DCEC's Family Fun Day in Delhi

Bucket truck rides, Bounce Houses, Build Your Own Sundae Bar, Face Painting, and more!

CDO Workforce Seeks Board Members
  • Do you own a business (three or more employees)?
  • Do you know about 'hiring & firing' practices?
  • Would you like to know more about tax benefits & incentives available when hiring from certain populations?
  • Would you like to give input on the kind of training, recruitment and other policies needed to find the right employees in Chenango, Delaware & Otsego Counties?
If you said 'yes' to these questions, CDO Workforce Development Board is looking for you!

Our board meets four times a year in Oneonta, this is a minimal obligation of huge importance to the workforce community. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with local leaders, including representatives from service agencies and the education and economic development sectors

No fund raising is required and continental breakfasts are included!

If you are interested in serving on the CDO Workforce Development Board, please contact our Executive Director, Alice Savino, at 315-793-6037 or email to find out more.

Mohawk Valley Advanced Manufacturing Development Plan
Now Available!
The Mohawk Valley Advanced Manufacturing Development Plan

To help this vital sector reach new heights, the Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties and its partners have developed the Mohawk Valley Advanced Manufacturing Plan to align all of the training and education resources in our region with the needs of our employers.

To read or download the report, click here

For more in-depth information, see the Appendices here.

Manpower Recruitment at Norwich CDO Workforce

Come to the Manpower Recruitment at Norwich CDO Workforce!

Manpower will be at the Norwich CDO Workforce Center on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 9:00 AM - Noon.  
We are scheduling interviews for Manpower during the time period of 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM  

Walk-ins will be welcome 11:00 AM - Noon. 
The sign-up sheet for interviews is l ocated at the Front Desk at Norwich CDO Workforce. If you are not in the Norwich Office, please call the front desk at 334-2201, ext. 127.

Bring a resume and be prepared to complete and application.

Ask a staff person for more information regarding specific position requirements.

To view/download the flyer, click here.
To view current openings, click here

ADA Celebrates
Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)  became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public

The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

Holding local events across the country, the ADA and stakeholders celebrated the 28th ADA anniversary on July 26th. And the ADA 28 Anniversary site has resources to raise awareness and celebrate the ADA all year long

"Throughout the year, celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)  and the ADA Anniversary (July 26)  in your workplaces, schools and communities. While much progress has been made, much remains to be done."

To access the ADA Anniversary site, which includes tools to explore and learn about the ADA, click here

JSEC is Growing! Upcoming Seminars
JSEC is Growing!
Save the Date for Seminars Coming this Fall

Otsego - Delaware Job Service Employer Committee (JSEC) is now providing business education services to Chenango County

Chenango JSEC has combined with the Otsego-Delaware JSEC and will be bringing informative business seminars to the Chenango area

Please e-mail if you would like to suggest a training or would like to co-sponsor a training with JSEC

Upcoming trainings that are i n the planning stages include Workplace Investigations, Active Assailant/Workplace Violence, Electrical Maintenance Troubleshooting, and Opioids in the Workplace
Save the Date:  "The Opioid Crisis in the Workplace" Seminar, will be on Thursday, October 18th, 8:30 a.m. Registration, Program: 9:00 A.M. to Noon, at the Fenimore Art Museum,  5798 State Highway 80 Lake Road, Cooperstown, NY. Program is Free / Light Breakfast is Available.  
Topic: "The Opioid Crisis in the Workplace" What can we do? Opioid abuse in Otsego County continues to be an exploding epidemic. We will talk about the impact of this problem, as well as the moral and legal responsibility of employers.
Featured Speaker:  An Attorney from the Law Firm of Hinman, Howard & Kattell, will speak about the legal responsibilities of businesses hiring individuals in recovery and with employees suffering from a substance use disorder (SUD).
Additional Guest Speakers:  Julie Dostal, Executive Director LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addiction: Julie will speak about addiction and programs that LEAF offers to help community members with substance use disorder. Jennifer Grigoli, owner of Sal's will share her experience as a "Recovery Friendly" business. This is a free seminar. The seminar will begin with a short ceremony for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Award. 

"Hope you can join us!"

To download the flyer, click here

Do You Need Transportation?
Do You Need Transportation? 

Ride Sharing is Available i n Chenango, Delaware & Otsego Counties

To help you get to work, a  new transportation option is now available; a "Ride Sharing" website that matches drivers and riders with similar work destinations in the area. Now, for the first time ever,  511NYRideshare has information on three south central NY counties: Otsego, Delaware, and Chenango.

Whether you need a ride or are a driver in need of gas money, the 511NY Rideshare website can help! Once you register you'll have access to match with other users as well. Carpooling can be a convenient, money saving travel experience

Check out all that they have to offer for ride matching. Simply Google 511NYRideShare and log in (or register if you are not yet a member) and go to the "Find a Ridematch" page to see who your potential carpool partners are.

Is Finding Transportation to Medical Appointments a Problem?

Mobility Management of South Central New York (MMSCNY) is helping to resolve transportation issues.  Contact the Toll Free Call Center, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday - Friday: 1-855-373-4040.

To visit the MMSCNY website, click here

To download the flyer with information on both programs, click here

Office of Mental Health Regional Communication Meeting
Central New York Regional Communication Meeting: 
Regional Advisory Committees - Consumer and Family Platform

Open-Forum facilitated by:  Garrett Smith, Regional Advocacy Specialists, CNYFO-NYSOMH.

The Regional Communication Meeting's purpose is to attain meaningful recipient and family participation at all levels of the mental health system. This meeting is also focused around community inclusion and diversity. 

All meetings will be held in a "Town Hall" manner which encourages all participants to have their voices heard in a respectful manner. The goals of self-help and empowerment are reflected in the guiding principle of "Nothing about us without us."

"We want to hear feedback from all stakeholders of the NYS public mental health system and the community at large."

When: August 9th, 2018 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Where: Huntington Memorial Library
62 Chestnut St, Oneonta, NY 13820

Contact: Garrett Smith
Phone: 315.426.3992

To view/download the flyer, click here
To view/download the agenda, click here
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NYS Tax Credits Available for  Eligible Businesses 
The New York Youth Jobs Program, formerly called New York Youth Works, encourages businesses to hire unemployed, disadvantaged youth, ages 16 to 24, who live in New York State. This program helps make it easier for youth to find a job and career training path

For program year 2018, businesses can earn tax credits of up to $7,500 for eligible youth starting work between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018
Businesses in Chenango, Delaware or Otsego County who would like to participate in this program must apply before November 30, 2018.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact:
Chenango County: Tylena Daniels, 
697-334-2201 x 128, email:

Delaware County: Maggie Gilbert,
607-832-6075, email: 

Otsego County: Penny Seeger,
607-432-4800 x 111, email:
Grads of Life Campaign
Grads of Life - Introducing Employers to the Business Benefits 
of Working with Opportunity Youth

The Grads of Life Public Service Announcement campaign initially launched in September 2014 and, to date, has received more than $81 million in donated media support

In partnership with the Ad Council, they have recently launched a new series of ads to address this critical employment gap and introduce employers to the incredible business benefits of working with Opportunity Youth - unemployed young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are an often an overlooked talent pool.

A particularly powerful piece of the new campaign is a series titled 7 Second Resumes, in which Opportunity Youth spend seven seconds-the average amount of time a hiring manager spends reviewing a resume- describing their unique attributes that add to their value as employees

The qualities and skills that these young people have acquired throughout their life journeys cannot be itemized on a resume, but are often the very core competencies that employers look for in their employees.

Also, Grads for Life has published an impact report detailing the success the Grads of Life campaign has seen thus far

" With your support and partnership, we look forward to continuing to expand our reach and in the coming months, we plan to be in touch more frequently with updates on what Grads of Life is doing and how you can participate."

T o view the videos, click here
To learn more about the Campaign, click here
ExportNY: Helping Southern Tier Businesses Achieve Global Success
ExportNY Program "Launch into the Global Marketplace" 

The Center for International Business Advancement at Binghamton University has announced the next session of their business seminar, ExportNY. 

This four-month international business development program begins September 18, 2018.

Manufacturers in Chenango County are invited to particpate to learn how to more effectively export goods to the global market. 

Each company may send multiple participants for a flat fee of $3,000, and participating companies are eligible for a $2,500 grant from the Workforce Development Institute. 

Continuing education credits are available. 

For more information, contact Elena Iankova at or to visit their webpage, click here.
Diversity Partners - Resource for Human Service Staff Working with Job Seekers with Disabilities

Diversity Partners: Resources for Human Service Staff Working 
with Job Seekers with Disabilities

Diversity Partners has a website: that has excellent resources for human service staff who are working with job seekers with disabilities

Diversity Partners offers resources about:
  • Learning about the context, skills and behaviors that support or hinder relationships with business.
  • Supporting integration of promising practices into the everyday practices of employment service professionals serving job seekers with disabilities.
  • Advancing the understanding of how disability can impact work and strategies that might mitigate that impact.
  • Engaging agencies and personnel in capacity building and organizational change to create and sustain mutually beneficial employer partnerships.
Diversity Partners uses a combination of in-person training, online toolboxes, and on-demand technical assistance to users.

Materials and technical assistance are aimed at creating and sustaining the organizational change required to improve practices in the context of business relationships; as well as i nformation and knowledge regarding capacity building and cross-sector partnerships.

Diversity Partners was developed through a process of multi-stakeholder input, qualitative inquiry, and a piloting phase to refine the content and its delivery. It can be implemented within a single agency, or among a consortium of collaborators at no cost.
Adaptive Sports Programs  - Summer 2018 - Oneonta, NY

Adaptive Sports Programs - Summer 2018 - Oneonta, NY

The EDD Memorial  Fund is a 501(c)3 no n-profit organization dedicating to creating sports programs for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities Their goal is for people with disabilities to experience freedom, independence and adventure through participation in sports. They partner with colleges and sporting organizations to provide various adaptive sports opportunities in Central NY, Eastern PA and Central/Northern VT.  
To provide sports opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.

The EDD Memorial Fund vision is for individuals with disabilities to build self-confidence and purpose, and to believe that they can do anything to which they set their minds. "Our belief is that by teaching a young woman who uses a wheelchair how to ski, for example, we are also helping her learn to believe in herself and in her potential."

Events are free, but registration is required. 

To view/download a schedule of events and to find out how to register, click here

To find out more about EDD Memorial Fund, click here
CDO Workforce has OJT Funds Available
Cost of Training Weighing your Business Down?
Use On-the-Job Training to Help Cover the Costs!

The CDO Workforce New York One-Stop System has On-the-Job Training (OJT) Funds available. 

The OJT funding provides companies with an incentive to hire and train individuals who lack the specific skills or experience for a job

OJT is appropriate for occupations where classroom training is not suitable and for which specific job skills can be learned by a worker while engaged in useful work. 

This program is for full-time (at least 32 hours per week) employment and cannot be used for seasonal, commission, or 1099 employment opportunities.
Business OJT users apply their own methods to teach workers the new skills necessary for successful employment within their company, while the trainee is performing productive tasks

OJT contracts can be written up to $2,000 per trainee depending on amount of training provided.
For more information regarding grants and other CDO Workforce Business Services contact:  Tylena Daniels at (607)-334-2201 X 128  /  OR April Feyh at  (607)-832-5782  /
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Programs, Scholarships & Learning 

NY Connects

What can NY Connects do for you?

NY Connects is a state wide program. In Otsego County the NY Connects office is embedded in the Office for t he Aging and their  ILC Partne r is through the Catskill Center for Inde pendence . NY Connects is the connection for clients and caregivers to long term services and supports.

For more information about services, click here.

Call NY Connects of Otsego County (607) 547-4390 or
NY Connects of their area Independent Living Center at (607) 432-8000

DCMO BOCES Summer 2018 Adult Education  

Courses Include:

5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course
CDL-A Restricted Training
CDL-B Training
as well as leisure learning and summer fitness!
Chenango Campus - Norwich
Harrold Campus - Sidney Center

To view/download the summer program flyer, click here.

To view/download the 5 hour pre-licensing course flyer, click here.

To view/download the CDL Training flyer, click here.

The Adult Education Literacy programs at DCMO BOCES are for those 21 years of age and over. Students are assessed and offered the most appropriate program option to ensure success

Mary Carson, Adult and Continuing Education Coordinator shared information about the program, " Classes are offered year round, and we offer open enrollment. Free classroom instruction is offered during the day at the DCMO BOCES campus in Norwich and in the late afternoon/evening at CDO Workforce in downtown Norwich." 

Those students who qualify may also enroll in DCMO BOCES specialized Career and Technical Education (CTE) Training Programs at no cost

Visit the DCMO BOCES website at for a complete listing of CTE courses

They have recently expanded their Distance Learning Program for those students who are unable to attend regular classroom sessions. This free Home Study Program is an i ndividualized, packet-based program that is paced appropriately for each qualified student. This program is offered through both DCMO BOCES campuses (Norwich and Sidney Center) and the CDO Workforce location in Norwich

For more information, or to register, call (607)335-1210.

Any New York State resident, 19 years of age or older , who does not yet have a high school diploma or equivalent diploma can take the HSE (High School Equivalency) test .  

DCMO BOCES has opportunities for you to take the exam throughout 2018 .

Applications are due by the Friday before the scheduled exam date. Applications must be complete and signed and include a copy of the tester's state-issued photo ID (valid NYS driver's license)

For more more information and test dates, click here
Download the application here.

Bassett Healthcare Partnership for Nursing Opportunities Program     

The Partnership for Nursing Opportunities Program allows students to complete their associate degree in nursing through SUNY Delhi. Following completion of the first year at SUNY Delhi, the student may secure employment as a Patient Care Assistant 2. Upon completion of the second year, the student/employee will earn an Associate of Science in Nursing and will be eligible for licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse.

The Bassett - Hartwick College program is designed for Registered Professional Nurses interested in earning a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing degree while working. RNs will work 12-hour shifts each week at Bassett Healthcare and receive two days of on-site nursing instruction by Hartwick College faculty at Bassett. Following completion of two full calendar years, the Registered Nurse will earn a BS.

Full tuition support is provided to the eligible employee/student in either program with a payback commitment following program completion. Bassett is currently seeking candidates for entry into the SUNY Delhi and Hartwick College at Bassett Medical Center.

For more information, please contact:
Patricia Davis, RN
Project Coordinator for the Partnership for Nursing Opportunities Program
(607) 547-3166

For more information, please visit their website.

NYS Kinship Navigator Services  assists individuals who are caring for relatives or friends' children and need financial help, have legal questions, or have concerns about the care of the children

Contact Kinship Care at 607-454-6463 or visit

For more information, click here.

College Scholarship Program for Child Care Workers

The NYS Child Welfare Worker Incentive Scholarship Program grants awards for child welfare workers employed at voluntary not-for-profit child welfare agencies licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)

Recipients must agree to live in NYS and work at a voluntary not-for-profit child welfare agency licensed by OCFS for 5 years after graduation, and can use the award to get an associate's, bachelor's or graduate degree.

For more information, click here
Ed2Go:  Online courses are open to everyone!  

You don't have to be a student to enroll. 
No prerequisites required for most courses

For additional information, contact the Career & Business Development office at 607-746-4545 or register online: 

Full catalog can be found at:

DCMO BOCES Health Occupation Classes

DCMO BOCES will run its Licensed Practical Nursing Program this fall.
The anticipated start date for LPN is Sept. 5, 2018. 

To visit the DCMO BOCES Health Occupations page, click here .
For more DCMO BOCES news, click here

For information on how to enroll in these programs, please contact Heather Montgomery, BSN, RN, Coordinator of Health Occupations at
Adult Education at ONC BOCES

Get Your HSE (GED) at

"Let ONC BOCES help you make positive changes in your life."
  • Free to those over 21
  • Study at home
  • Convenient Locations
  • Flexible hours
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Individual Instructiom
ONC BOCES also offers el ingles como segunda lengua -English as a Second Language classes!

To find out more, call 607-286-7715 or visit

To view/download the flyer, click here

ONC BOCES Nursing Programs - Registration Open!

ONC BOCES s accepting applications for the following programs:
  • HHA (Home Health Aide)
  • CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)
  • PN (Practical Nursing)
They can also run a CNA-HHA Transition class if there is a need in the community.

All classes are held at 31 Center Street (former Oneonta elementary school) in Oneonta, NY.

HHA (Home Health Aide) - Registration open
95 hours (65 classroom instruction & 30 clinical)

CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) - Registration open
Starting Late September 2018
Lecture - Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Clinicals - (6:30 am - 2:30 pm)
120 hours (90 classroom instruction & 30 clinical)

PN (Practical Nursing) - Registration open
10 month full time program
September 2018 - June 2019
$ 11,500 (includes tuition, books, uniforms, medical
equipment and graduation fees)

For more information contact:
Regina M. Pasa RN, BS
Practical Nursing and Adult Health Services Coordinator
ONC BOCES Adult CNA / HHA Program
31 Center Street, 3rd Floor
Oneonta, NY 13820
phone: (607) 431-2304

To view/download the flyer, click here.

ONC BOCES Class B CDL License Program
Do you want to learn to drive a
dump truck? Opportunities to
make money while driving a
truck are out there for those with
the right type of license. ONC BOCES can
help you get yours.

They have a qualified driving instructor available along with their own dump
truck so that you can get the practice hours you'll need to pass the road

You just need to go to the DMV, get your permit and then go to ONC BOCES
for the practical driving experience so that you will be ready and able to
take your road test. 

They'll even schedule the road test and have their  truck
available for you to use when you're ready.

Tuition for the driver training course is $1,250. Actual driving time is flexible
and will occur at a time mutually convenient for both the student and

For more information or to inquire about enrollment, please contact Kevin
Stevens at 607.286.7715 or through email at

To view/download the flyer, click here

Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network's Norwich PAL Center 
is transitioning into 
The Norwich PAL Empowerment Program
The Norwich PAL Empowerment program will provide support to pregnant and parenting women to  empower and encourage utilizing all resources available  to create safe, healthy living environments for  their children and themselves.
The Norwich PAL Empowerment Program offers  One-On-One Mentoring to women, providing life  skills and stress management, education on healthy  relationships and positive parenting skills, individualized  guidance and problem-solving through their social support.  
Free Children's Clothing Closet will be available  Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00am-2:00pm.

For information on their 1-on-1 Mentoring Program, click here.

For more information, call/visit Sabrina @
The Norwich PAL Empowerment Program
27 W. Main Street
Norwich, NY 13815
(607) 334-8909   

Free & Confidential Tutoring: Basic Reading, Writing & Math, English for Non-Native Speakers

Since 1974 Literacy Volunteers of Otsego and Delaware Counties (LVODC) has provided free and confidential help for adults who want to improve their reading, writing, math, and other basic literacy skills or wish to learn English as a second language

They match tutors with those who need basic reading and writing or language skills. Tutors and students meet at a public location and a time most convenient for them. All contact between the tutors, students and LVODC remains strictly confidential

If you would like to be tutored in one of their subject areas, or if you know an adult who would like weekly tutoring, contact Eva Davidson, Program Coordinator, at, or call her at (607) 287-0036. Visit the website at

Catholic Charities of Chenango County
Medicaid Health Home Program

Catholic Charities of Chenango County's Medicaid Health Home Program is a free program for children and adults who have mental health or medical conditions.

Coordinators work closely with families to identify needs, create individualized goals, and provide support and advocacy for the child and family.

For more information, click here


Career Technical Training at Job Corps

Job Corps offers an assortment of advanced training opportunities, and continues to offer High School Diploma, High School Equivalency and Driver's Education. There are immediate openings for young men and women, ages 16-24 years oldThis program can be the opportunity for many students who desire education but may not have the means to reach those goals.

Available at Oneonta Job Corps:
  • Automotive Collision Repair & Refinish*
  • Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair*
  • Cement Masonry***
  • Certified Nurse Assistant*
  • Clinical Medical Assistant**
  • Electrical*
  • Facilities Maintenance*
  • Medical Administrative Assistant*
  • Tile Setting*
  • Advanced Training
  • Advanced Electrical*
  • Distribution Technician*
  • Electrical Overhead Line Construction**
  • Electrical Smart Meter & Instrumentation Technician**
  • Underground Residential *
Contac t Oneonta  Job Corps for more information.
21 Homer Folks Avenue
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 431-1446 or
(607) 431-1443
New York Woman Is Nation's First Lobbyist With Down Syndrome
New York Woman is Nation's First Lobbyist with Down Syndrome

As the first registered Capitol Hill lobbyist with Down syndrome, Kayla McKeon speaks with powerful credibility when working to change laws that limit career opportunities for people with disabilities.

"I like being able to share my story and my experience to members of the Senate and congressmen and women," McKeon said. "I like telling them about my abilities and how they can help us and pass these laws. It's hard for them to say no to a self-advocate."

To read the article, click here
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Accommodating Service Members & Veterans with PTSD

Combat exposes soldiers to potentially traumatic events on a daily basis, which can result in psychiatric symptoms, such as those of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Many returning soldiers are filtering back into the workforce, and PTSD concerns may arise in the workplace. Employers of veterans (as well as the veterans themselves) need to be informed of the issues that may arise when readjusting to civilian life.
PTSD can manifest itself in a veteran differently than someone who has survived a catastrophic one-time event. The traumatic events that accompany combat duty occur daily (for months at a time) without warning. Soldiers endure these conditions with restricted food intake, lack of sleep, and harsh environmental conditions. Furthermore, soldiers are trained to be extra vigilant and to react quickly and decisively to environmental stimuli. Thus, readjusting to life at home can be a difficult experience for some veterans.
For more information about accommodating Veterans who have PTSD please visit  the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) at 
Businesses, for help recruiting Veterans, or if seeking information about hiring Veterans with disabilities, contact your nearest CDO Workforce Center or call 1-800-244-5779.
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State-of-the-Art Training Space Available in Oneonta
Regional Workforce Training Center
Training Space Available!

Boasting state-of-the-art technological capabilities, the Regional Workforce Training Center is located at the Otsego Chamber / Otsego Now offices on the fifth floor of 189 Main Street in downtown Oneonta

The Center is an initiative of the County of Otsego IDA, with a mission to make connections with regional employers to assess their staffing needs, develop training programs to meet those needs, and market those programs in the community. 

The Training Center is fully equipped with the latest smart technology, and the Center will be able to help employers and workers meet their training needs

The Training Center offers the following facilities:
  • Small Group/Media Room
  • Huddle Room
  • Seminar Room
  • Training Center Lounge
  • Training Center Classroom

Businesses and agencies seeking training space are encouraged to contact Barbara Ann Heegan at the Otsego Chamber of Commerce (607-267-4010) for information about utilizing the training facilities.
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President Trump Creates National Council for the American Worker
President Trump Establishes the National Council for the American Worker - Asks Companies & Trade Groups to Sign Pledge

President Trump has signed an Executive Order to establish the National Council for the American Worker. 

Comprised of senior Administration officials, the Council is charged with developing a National strategy for training and retraining the workers needed across high-demand industries

The group will convene voices from the public, private, education, labor, and not-for-profit sectors to enhance employment opportunities for Americans of all ages.

The President has also asked  companies and trade groups to sign a new Pledge to America's Workers.

In July, some 20 companies and associations were the first to sign that pledge at the White House. They committed to creating new opportunities over the next five years for American students and workers, including through apprenticeships and work-based learning, continuing education, on-the-job training, and reskilling.

To read the press release, click here.
To read the Executive Order, click here
To read about the Pledge to the American Worker event, click here
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SNAP Work Requirements for 2018

SNAP Work Requirements for 2018

While SNAP is intended to ensure that no one in our land of plenty should fear going hungry, it also reflects the importance of work and responsibility

SNAP rules require all recipients meet work requirements unless they are exempt because of age or disability or another specific reason. (Children, seniors, and those with disabilities comprise almost two-thirds of all SNAP participants.) Forty-three percent of SNAP participants live in a household with earnings. 

Some of these working individuals are ABAWDs, or able-bodied adults without dependentsABAWDs must meet special work requirements, in addition to the general work requirements, to maintain their eligibility.

--From the USDA Food & Nutrition Service

To find out more, click here

More Food Products Can Now Be Sold From A Home Kitchen

NYS Department of Ag & Markets Doubles the List of Products 
that Can be Sold from a Home Kitchen 

The State Department of Agriculture and Markets have added 19 items to their list of products that can be sold directly from a home kitchen.

These changes will allow small home businesses to increase their customer base and reach new markets, and are the latest actions taken to make doing business in New York easier, especially for small entities. Home processors are exempt from obtaining an Article 20-C food processing license and Article 28 retail food store license but are required to register with the Department.

To read the press release, click here.
To view/download the registration form, click here
Free Meals Are Available This Summer For Children & Teens

Free Meals Are Available This Summer for Children & Teens

Free meals will be available for children and teens across New York at more than 3,000 Summer Food Service Program sites. 

The Summer Food Service Program was established to ensure that low-income children, 18 and younger, continue to receive nutritious meals when schools are not in session.

The interactive U.S. Department of Agriculture online map helps families find a service site by address, city or zip  code. To find a service site, click here

For more information, click here
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"Happy Auguste!"
CDO Workforce Career Center| (607) 432-4800  |
 12 Dietz Street   Oneonta, NY 13820