August 2020
News & Opportunities
Workforce News - Funding - Virtual Workshops and Events - And More!
Who We Are
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 businesses 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
There is never a charge for our services.
CDO Workforce & Partner News
CDO Workforce Virtual Services and In-Person Services by Appointment
"We're Here For You."

Click the county that you reside in to learn more and request services:

“Your Dream, Your Team” Website
Featured on Workforce GPS was featured in the July 15, 2020, edition of U.S Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration's WorkforceGPS Community Digest.

The goal of this free, comprehensive tool kit, created as a result of the Disability Employment Initiative grant, is to improve career pathways outcomes for job seekers with disabilities, and especially youth ages 14-24.

The website offers useful tools, guidance, forms, and other resources to support job seekers with disabilities and the individuals and organizations who support them, including community-based organizations, employment counselors, Disability Resource Coordinators, and parents who want to introduce their child to a career pathway and prepare them for a stable, long-term career.
The site also offers a variety of resources for businesses that are designed to help businesses learn how to be more inclusive and support employees with disabilities.

Looking for a Job?
Use our Job Search Link located on our CDO Workforce website!

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) worked with Chmura/JobsEQ to create a target specific algorithm to display current job opportunities that are searchable by both county and job title.

This valuable resource allows you to input job titles and search available positions in real-time in six counties: Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Herkimer, Madison and Oneida . The resource also shows a running total of jobs currently available in each of these counties.  

Free Learning Opportunity
Free Online Skills Training
What do you want to learn today?

With more than 5,000 courses to choose from, you can:

  • Gain new skills
  • Keep current skills fresh
  • Help your resume stand out
  • Prepare for re-entry into a new job market

This online learning platform is available for free to all businesses and residents of Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida, NY, counties.

Take courses at your own pace and set yourself up for success!

CDO Workforce COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 and Reopening Resources for Businesses and Job Seekers

We've also added more COVID-19 Resources to our CDO Workforce website!

We add more resources frequently. You can subscribe to receive updates. Click the email icon at the top of the page, and type in your email address.

Unemployment Benefits
Continue to C ertify Weekly

While you are unemployed or furloughed, continue to certify weekly until you are back to work for good. Be sure to accurately note your days worked and wages earned.

Certify at , or by calling 1-888-581-5812 (for UI) or 1-833-324-0366 (for PUA).

Shared Work Program

The Shared Work program is designed to help employers manage business cycles and seasonal adjustments while helping to spare their workers the hardships of full unemployment. The program allows employers to keep trained employees and avoid layoffs by allowing staff members to receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits while working reduced hours. 

The Shared Work Program helps keep trained, productive employees on the job during temporary business downturns, meaning New York businesses can gear up quickly when conditions improve, and New York workers get to stay on the job. Full-time, part-time and seasonal employees are eligible. 

Workforce Events & Opportunities
Are you actively participating in any of these certificate or degree programs?
• High School Equivalency or National EDP 
• Advanced Manufacturing
• Healthcare
• The Trades
The Career Pathways III Program wants to help you!
Eligible participants can receive up to $1000 in supportive services after obtaining their program certificate.
(Note: 60 hours of classroom time is required for eligibility. Must meet residency, age & income requirements.)
Summer Jobs for Youth

A summer job is the first, best tool to learn how to develop job and career skills.

CDO Workforce Career System can help you look for a summer job!

CDO Workforce Mentoring Services

In collaboration with the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, CDO Workforce now provides mentoring services to eligible participants of the Out-Of-School Youth Program, as well as youth with a disability (ages 16 to 24).

CareerScope: Aptitude
and Interest Assessments

DYK that CDO offers aptitude and interest assessments for all job seekers, including youth with disabilities, veterans and other underserved populations?

Spotlight on Workers with Disabilities
Have you seen the Your Dream, Your Team website ?
This free, comprehensive toolkit helps job seekers with a disabilities along their career path, and the families and communities that support them.

“From Alan’s wonderful opening, to the walk through of the toolkit, to hearing the success stories and best practices from the DRCs in using the tool and IRT model, to the end of the presentation, which was no end but a continuation of this work to ensure access and a more inclusive workforce system...Your project has provided a road map and supports that will continue to reap fruit for people with disabilities for years to come”

-Laura Gleneck, Division Director for Employment, National Disability Institute (NDI)

CDO Workforce Seeks Adults, Youth and Youth with Disabilities
Who Want to Explore Careers

Use the Virtual Job Shadow Program in the comfort of your own home.

The software program is designed to help:

1. Improve awareness about careers

2. Assessment of personal interests, skills and talents

3. Discover what jobs match your interests and talents

4. Learn about those careers through watching videos

5. Discover the education and training necessary to enter these career fields

5. How to apply for jobs that match your interests and talents

For more information or to sign-up, please e-mail your contact information to:
DYK about ABLE Accounts?

ABLE accounts are a tax-advantaged savings account for individuals with disabilities.

To learn more, visit the ABLE National Resource Center: or e-mail Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC) Alan Sessions at or
DRC Kathy DeAngelo at

Join the Families Together/Youth Power! for Virtual Youth Leadership Forum on August 12-14 & 17-19, 2020 via Zoom
This FREE 6-day event (2.5 hours a day) is for young people ages 14-24 to speak up, build leadership and self-advocacy skills, and prepare to take on leadership roles.

Happy 30th Anniversary to the
Americans with Disabilities Act!

The ADA empowers people with disabilities by banning discrimination on the basis of their disability and by making it possible for them to participate more inclusively in their communities...

ASL videos for Deaf and
Hard-of Hearing Individuals

These videos translate crucial information related to COVID-19 and strategies to build financial resilience during this time for the Deaf and hard-of hearing community.

The first three videos posted cover the following topics:
  • Do you qualify for the Stimulus Payment if you receive government benefits?
  • Do you qualify for the Stimulus Payment if you work?
  • Managing your Money: Why does your money disappear?

The ADA and Face Mask Policies

Tools For Inclusion
Easy to Access Assistive Technology and
Apps for Individual Success

How to identify and use technology for supporting individuals to be successful in employment and other activities.

Check out our CDO Workforce Disability Employment Initiative FACEBOOK PAGE - for more disability-related articles, news & resources

...And please Like & Share to help us get the word out about this great resource...Thank you!
Tips & Resources for Job Seekers
How To Avoid Burnout
During Your Job Search

Read the Article at Forbes --and get in touch with our career counselors at CDO Workforce, we're here to help!
Occupation Profile Tool

Learn details about any occupation including what you might do on the job, how much you might earn, and how much education or training you might need.

More than 5,000 courses to choose from. You can start taking courses today...
Featured Job Opportunities
Jess F Howes Building Supplies -   Retail Sales Associate - Sidney Center
Job Description: Assist contractors and DIY customers with all of their shopping needs: assisting customers in the selection, demonstration, preparation of merchandise. The Associate is required to respond to customer inquiries over the phone and support them throughout their shopping experience. Other responsibilities include restocking shelves, merchandising, and general store maintenance, and all other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Full Time - Monday - Friday, and Saturday (half day). Generally scheduled 40-50+ hours per week. More hours may be required based on the needs of the store. Minimum Qualification: 3 years general construction experience, including electrical, plumbing, and framing. Must be computer literate with point of sale experience. CDL license a plus. Preferred Qualifications: Associate's Degree in Business, Retail Management, or Construction OR certification in a trade related field (plumbing, electrical, construction. Salary Range: $12- $16/Hr. CONTACT: Abby Howes, 607-369-3051,

Woodside Hall in Cooperstown has immediate openings for Personal Care Aides - TRAINING PROVIDED.
Job Description: Personal Care Aide will administer personal care, such as personal hygiene assistance. Prepare and maintain records of client progress and services. Perform healthcare-related tasks, such as monitoring vital signs and medication, under the direction of nurses. Care for individuals providing companionship, personal care, or help in adjusting to new lifestyles. Various shifts available, both full-time and part-time jobs open. Shifts can be 12 hours or less. Wage depends on experience. Benefits will be discussed at the job interview. Employer will train motivated workers. TO APPLY CALL: Karen at 607-547-0600.

The Family Resource Network - Family Peer Advocate - Oneonta
Job Description: Family Peer Advocates have 'lived-experience' as the parent (biological, foster, adoptive) or primary caregiver of a child/youth with a social, emotional, behavioral, mental health or developmental disability. They receive training to develop skills and strategies to empower other families. They foster effective parent-professional partnerships and promote the practice of family-driven and youth-guided approaches. Lived experience is extremely valuable when working with families in need of resources, support and advocacy.
Please call Barbara Finkelstein at 607-432-0001 if you have any questions regarding criteria.
Applicant must:
Possess excellent organizational and communication skills
Complete progress notes in a timely manner
Conduct home visits with families to identify need
Submit to a background/fingerprint check (at no cost to applicant)
Have experience advocating within the service systems (i.e., Mental Health, Special Education, DSS, Juvenile Justice, SPOA, Foster Care)
Have working knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
All applicants should submit a resume with a cover letter describing your personal lived experience of being a parent or guardian of a child with a social, emotional, behavioral, mental health or developmental disability.
High School Diploma or Equivalent required. This is a full time position. Position offers $13.25 per hour, plus mileage reimbursement. Salary will increase to $14.25 per hour after credentialing.
TO APPLY: contact the employer by telephone, or by email:
Phone: Winn, Kristin, (607) 432-0001
Business & Community Resources
New York State Workforce Strategy Group Launches to Get New Yorkers Back to Work

News from NYATEP: Workforce development coalition Invest in Skills NY (ISNY) today launched a New York State Workforce Strategy Group to develop clear, actionable policy and funding recommendations for an equitable economic recovery in New York during a time of record high unemployment and underemployment. The group’s recommendations will be presented to Governor Cuomo’s office and the New York State Legislature by Labor Day 2020.

New Program for NYS Manufacturers

The New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) is hosting a new series of webinars and workshops over the upcoming year to help manufacturers manage the challenges created by COVID-19, emerge from the crisis more resilient and adaptable, and prepare for future emergencies.

New York state manufacturers who participate in this program will:

• gain increased knowledge and skillsets on timely and crucial topics
• establish connections to resources to address challenges or opportunities
• have the opportunity to receive funds to help support a specific project related to the workshop/webinar topics preparing for the challenges of today and beyond.

August Webinars:

Online Cancer Screening

Get the Facts about Cancer with the CDO Workforce - Hosted by Cancer Services Program of the Central Region

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Learn about breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer, how to reduce your risk, and the importance of screening. Also learn about how you may be able to get cancer screenings for free.

Participants in the online Zoom education event will be entered into a drawing for a $10 Stewart's gas card. Must be over 18 to participate in the drawing. Winner will be sent the gas card by mail.

New York State of Health
Health Insurance Information

"NY State of Health is committed to ensuring access to affordable, quality health insurance for all New Yorkers so they can get the care they need."

CDO Workforce Program & Incentive Highlights
**In-Person Workshops are suspended at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to serve job seekers and businesses by email, phone, and online.
On-The-Job Training
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 Servicescontact:  Tylena Daniels at (607)-334-2201 X 128 /  OR April Feyh at  (607)-832-5782 /
New Hire Training and Existing Employee Training
New Hire Training (OJT): Intended to fund the on-the-job occupational skills training for newly hired workers in need of skill upgrade training for their job responsibilities immediately after hire.

Training that is provided under OJT is to participants who have been hired by the business. There should be a commitment by the business to retain the individual upon successful completion of the training.

Existing Employee Training (EET): Intended to provide occupational skills training to existing employees who are in low and middle-skills occupations, leading to job advancement and retention.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact:
David Croston
Business Services Representative
New York State Department of Labor
(607) 778-3004 /
New York Youth Jobs Program
The New York Youth Jobs Program 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 2020, businesses can earn tax credits of up to $7,500 for eligible youth starting work between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
Businesses in Chenango, Delaware or Otsego County who would like to participate in this program must apply before November 30, 2020.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact:
David Croston, Business Services Representative
New York State Department of Labor
(607) 778-3004
Trailing Partner Initiative
Dear Regional Employer Partner,

Have you ever had the experience of having the perfect recruit apply for a position with your company only to have the prospective employee decide to reject your offer due to concerns about opportunities both personal and professional for their partner?

Let us help you negotiate that dilemma.

With our extensive knowledge of local businesses, schools and non-profits we will often be able to suggest that place where a partner might find that “perfect fit” based on their skills, experiences and personal goals. We are in contact with regional employers every day and find that middle management and executive level jobs often go unadvertised locally due to the perception that there is no one to fill them. We also find that employers will create a job if presented with someone with a set of skills that can improve their business.

Together we can turn this problem into an opportunity!

For additional information please contact Maggie Gilbert, CDO Workforce at (607) 832-5781 or 
CDO Workforce Disability Employment Resources
Programs & Learning
Bassett Healthcare

ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to prepare for, achieve and maintain employment through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development
More Resources
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Check out our website for more valuable resources and articles.

You can visit our website's blog (on our front page) throughout the month to see new events and opportunities.

We post them on our Facebook page too--along with the most recent local job openings and partner news. Please "Like" our page and share our posts.

Thank you!

Happy August!
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