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We offer a
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An American Job Center
CDO Workforce Offers FREE Workshops Every Month!
ONLINE SUPPORT WORKSHOP
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:
- Your rights as a job seeker in New York State
- How convictions can affect employment
- How to prepare for answering questions about your record
- Job search strategies that work for you
- Work for Success Initiative
- Work Opportunity Tax Credit
- 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.
WARM SOFT SKILLS = COLD CASH
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.
POSITIVE ATTITUDE = GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE
This workshop focuses on developing a positive attitude with the emphasis on using this in the workplace to promote great customer service.
COMPUTER BASICS WORKSHOP SERIES
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.
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
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.
THANK YOU, STAFFWORKS!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
CONGRATULATIONS, THOMAS & CDO WORKFORCE & BEAM TEAMS!
Hiring Workers with Disabilities Resources
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!
CDO Workforce Oneonta Hosts Opportunities for Otsego Recruitment
CDO Workforce Oneonta office held an on-site recruitment for Opportunities for Otsego on July 25th.
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.
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.
CONGRATULATIONS, "B", "A", "S" & STAFF!
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
CONGRATULATIONS, VETERANS & TEAM!
CDO Workforce Disability Employment Resources
Are you a
job seeker with a disability
training and a career
, 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?
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.
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
Watch Our Videos:
American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) is building a
new sustainable regional pipelin
e specific to
nanotechnology, cybersecurity and unmanned vehicle systems
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
Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins.
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.
CDO 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
tried attending college or training
found it just wasn't a good fit?
Do you want help navigating
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
|Return-to-Work Toolkit - Resource for Employers
"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
New Resources for Veterans on the CDO Workforce Website
new resources for Veterans
CDO Workforce website
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?
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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Please share it with them--and let them know
they can subscribe to have it
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We've always got a lot of
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."
|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.
your local WIC office to
schedule an appointment.
|Hiring Workers with Disabilities
Resources for Employers: Hiring Workers with Disabilities
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
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
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.
Mom Networking Playdate
Connecting local Mom Entrepreneurs in a convenient and fun way.
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!
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
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.
do not have to be associated in any way with the Army to ride.
"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,
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
The Mohawk Valley Advanced Manufacturing Development Plan
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.
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.
scheduling interviews for Manpower
during the time period of 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM
Walk-ins will be welcome 11:00 AM - Noon.
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.
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 JSEC has
combined with the Otsego-Delaware JSEC and will be bringing
informative business seminars to the
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!"
|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.
download the flyer with information on both programs
|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.
Regional Communication Meeting's purpose
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
|NYS Tax Credits Available for Eligible Businesses
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.
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,
Delaware County: Maggie Gilbert,
Otsego County: Penny Seeger,
Grads of Life - Introducing Employers to the Business Benefits
of Working with Opportunity Youth
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
address this critical employment gap
introduce employers to the incredible business benefits of working with Opportunity Youth
unemployed young adults
ages of 16 and 24
who are an often
an overlooked talent pool.
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.
Grads for Life
published an impact report
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."
|ExportNY: Helping Southern Tier Businesses Achieve Global Success
ExportNY Program "Launch into the Global Marketplace"
Center for International Business Advancement at Binghamton University has
announced the next session of their business seminar, ExportNY.
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.
|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 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.
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
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,
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.
Programs, Scholarships & Learning
What can NY Connects do for you?
state wide program
NY Connects office
embedded in the Office for t
r is through the
Catskill Center for Inde
connection for clients
long term services and supports.
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
5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course
CDL-A Restricted 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.
Diploma Program Expands
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
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.
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.
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
opportunities for you
take the exam throughout 2018
Applications are due by the Friday before the scheduled exam date. Applications must be complete
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
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.
College Scholarship Program for Child Care Workers
NYS Child Welfare Worker Incentive Scholarship Program
awards for child welfare workers employed
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.
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: http://www.ed2go.com/delhi/
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,
For information on how to enroll in these programs, please contact Heather Montgomery, BSN, RN, Coordinator of Health Occupations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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
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.
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
inquire about enrollment
Stevens at 607.286.7715 or through email at email@example.com.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at (607) 287-0036. Visit the website at www.lvosc.org.
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 old.
This 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**
- Facilities Maintenance*
- Medical Administrative Assistant*
- Tile Setting*
- Advanced Training
- Advanced Electrical*
- Distribution Technician*
- Electrical Overhead Line Construction**
- Electrical Smart Meter & Instrumentation Technician**
- Underground Residential *
Job Corps for more information.
New York Woman Is Nation's First Lobbyist With Down Syndrome
New York Woman is Nation's First Lobbyist with Down Syndrome
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."
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
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.
Businesses, for help recruiting Veterans, or if seeking information about hiring Veterans with disabilities
, contact your nearest CDO Workforce Center or call
|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.
|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.
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 about the Pledge to the American Worker event,
|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 dependents. ABAWDs must meet special work requirements, in addition to the general work requirements, to maintain their eligibility.
--From the USDA Food & Nutrition Service
|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 view/download the registration form,
|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.
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