May 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 Continues to Serve You

While CDO Workforce has suspended in-person services at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing to serve our customers and job seekers in a virtual setting.

Click the county that you reside in to request virtual services:

Free Online SkillUp® Metrix Learning

For Job Seekers:

Metrix Learning® is now available available for free to all unemployed and underemployed residents of Chenango, Delaware, Herkimer, Madison,Oneida, and Otsego, NY Counties.

Metrix Learning® is a comprehensive learning platform that helps set job seekers up for success. Job seekers can gain skills and keep current skills fresh, helping their resumes stand out and readying them for re-entry into a new job market.

Along with online skill training, the platform also offers career exploration tools, career pathways, job search tools, and assessments, giving job seekers a clear picture of where they are and what skills they need to gain to get them where they want to be. 

"Metrix training is a great opportunity for youth with disabilities and populations such as veterans, young adults, and dislocated workers to obtain work based knowledge which will make it easier to qualify and be hired for in demand jobs,"  says CDO Workforce Disability Resource Coordinator Alan Sessions.

For Businesses:

Having trouble finding qualified candidates? Looking to update your employees' skills?

CDO Workforce can help.

  • Workforce Survey: Share your recruitment and professional development challenges here.
  • Candidate Matching: Based on your desired skills, find candidates taking courses in our system.
  • In-Depth Consulting: Looking for help? We can meet with you to design hiring and training solutions.

WKTV Features Our New Metrix Online Skills Training
CDO Workforce COVID-19 Resources
CDO Workforce COVID-19
Resources for Businesses and Job Seekers
We have added a COVID-19 Resources section to our CDO Workforce website.

We are adding 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 Assistance
QUESTION: Is “claiming weekly benefits” or “certifying for benefits” the same as “filing for benefits” or “filing a claim?”

ANSWER: No, these are different steps:

Step 1️⃣: File a claim (
Step 2️⃣: Certify weekly (

Learn more about filing vs. certifying:
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a new Federal program that is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. PUA provides financial assistance for Americans who are unable to work due to the coronavirus pandemic but do not qualify for traditional unemployment insurance (UI).

NY.GOV ID Frequently Asked Questions

  • If you have created a NY.GOV account at another NYS agency, such as DMV, and you have no previous or current unemployment insurance claim, read these instructions:
  • If you have created a NY.GOV ID, but not with the Department of Labor, and you received a message telling you your e-mail address is already in use, please see these instructions:
  • If you have a previous or current unemployment insurance claim, and you already created a NY.GOV ID, but not with the Department of Labor, please see these instructions:

Businesses are legally obligated to provide employees with their Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), NYS Employer Registration Number, and full name/address.

The number one reason New Yorkers’ applications are incomplete is because they are missing Federal Employer Identification Numbers (FEIN). If you have submitted an application for unemployment without your FEIN, a representative WILL call you to finish your claim. If you have not yet filed, be sure to include your employer's FEIN, NYS Employer Registration Number and full name/address on your application.
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.)
Ten Free Online Workshops!

Self-paced programs from Ed2Go are available between now and June 30th.

Course work needs to be complete by June 30th.

The courses are: • Creating Web Pages • Creating WordPress Websites • Fundamentals of Supervision and Management • Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search • Keys to Effective Communication • Managing Customer Service • Marketing Your Business on the Internet • Personal Finance • Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring • Individual Excellence

New Job Search Link

The New York State Department of Labor has launched a new job search site! Search your location now for companies that are hiring immediately.

The site is updated daily with vetted open positions at top companies.

Businesses: you can post jobs here too!

CDO Workforce Job Search Link

DYK you can search job opportunities across six counties in real-time on our Job Search Link?

Go to our homepage and click "Search Local Job Opportunities" near the top of the page to get started-- or you can click here for the direct link:
Spotlight on Workers with Disabilities
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:
Pictured: Disability Resource Coordinators Kathy DeAngelo and Alan Sessions
CDO Workforce Disability Resource Coordinators
present for
LEAD Center National Webinar

Recognized nationally for their work with people with disabilities, DRCs Alan Sessions and Kathy DeAngelo were recently invited by the National Disability Institute (NDI) to present on financial literacy education services provided by CDO Workforce under the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Round 8 and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). 

The Center works to
  • Promote equal opportunity within the broader workforce system for youth and adults with disabilities;
  • Advance the development of inclusive career pathways using the interactive Road to Inclusive Career Pathways on the LEAD website;
  • Support economic advancement and financial literacy for youth and adults with disabilities; and
  • Provide up-to-date data to the field on employment and related outcomes for people with disabilities.

The presentation focused on their goal of providing information and utilizing programs that empower individuals with disabilities to make informed decisions to support their life goals.

Information on financial literacy was provided, such as ABLE accounts; managing money; understanding and managing credit; achieving financial stability and more.

"Kathy DeAngelo and I are excited to present about the wonderful partnerships that have developed in CDO to support financial literacy projects, said DRC Alan Sessions. "It was great to work with such outstanding organizations like NYS OMH, RSS, Family Resource Network, UNITED WAY, SEFCU and our fellow colleagues at CDO Workforce."

For more information, please contact DRC Alan Sessions at

Photo Courtesy Alan Sessions
"Employment Opportunities for Youth & Young Adults with Disabilities"
presented for
Family Resource Network

DRCs Kathy DeAngelo and Alan Sessions presented at Family Resource Network's "Lunch and Learn" event on Friday, April 24th. This was the first Zoom workshop for Kathy and Alan, and they had 14 attendees participating remotely.

They discussed the four service clusters of Workforce: Job Search, Education, Counseling, and Information, plus the "A to Z, well Y," of the CDO Workforce Centers, from A4TD to Youth programs.

The presentation focused on programs that assist youth and workers with disabilities to qualify, find and keep employment, including on-the-job training and work experience programs. Virtual services, including workshops,, and Metrix were promoted.

Kathy and Alan have been invited back for future Zoom Workshops sponsored by the Family Resource Network.

If you would like to learn more about any of these programs, please contact Alan Sessions:
COVID-19 Resource Guide

The Rose F. Kennedy Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (RFK CERC)/The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) put together a Resource Guide that contains information related to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. 

Economic Impact Payments for Social Security and SSI Recipients

Information for Social Security beneficiaries (retirement, survivors, disability) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients related to economic impact payments being issued to eligible individuals. 

Holding Accessible and Inclusive
Virtual Meetings Guide

Employment Resources for People
on the Autism Spectrum

COVID-19 Q&A How will the pandemic affect employment for Amputees?

Resources for workers with a disability, including advice from John Robinson of Our Ability.

Covid-19 Resources for People with Disabilities from NDI Financial Resilience Center

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 & Businesses
Don’t hire for culture fit.
Consider these 3 factors instead

Self-Assessments for Job Seekers

Need some ideas for careers you might like?
Whether you are just starting out, or wondering if another career would suit you better, self-assessments can help you consider different options and confirm types of careers that might be right for you.

Spotlight on Manufacturing
Partner & Community COVID-19 Resources
Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties is still open and providing essential services! Please call ahead to any of their three offices and someone will advise you of how they can help.
If you are looking for more food pantries or other services in your area, 211 is a helpful resource:
Free Crisis Management
& Recovery Workshop Recording

"As business owners and managers, we all try to make the best decisions, especially during a time of crisis. By breaking down the current situation and thinking creatively about your future, you can create the best starting point to deal with the crisis in an effective manner."

Community Health Navigation Programs
Offered by Bassett Healthcare Network

Legal Services are still available during this health crisis. 

While physical offices have closed, staff is able to work remotely to continue to provide online and over the phone advice and counsel to the community.

Building Farm Resilience
During COVID-19

News and Resources from Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Multilingual Materials

The Center of Utica has published free, helpful COVID-19 related multilingual materials.

Resources for Businesses to help protect manufacturing workers from exposure to COVID-19

Covid-19 Resources from LCHP

Including Emotional Wellness tips and other helpful resources.

COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

Programs and resources for rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak from the USDA and its Federal partners..

May is Mental Health Month

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

You Are Not Alone
NAMI's "You are Not Alone" campaign features the lived experience of people affected by mental illness to fight stigma, inspire others and educate the broader public. Now more than ever before, it is important for the mental health community to come together and show the world that no one should ever feel alone.

Do You Have Questions About
Health Insurance?

Call: Kelly Ames 
Fidelis Care Community Relations Specialist

Fidelis Care offers quality, affordable health insurance for qualifying children and
adults of all ages through Qualified Health Plans and the New York State-sponsored
Child Health Plus, Essential Plan, and Medicaid programs.
DYK the #2020Census informs hundreds of billions in funding for things like education and health programs that communities need? 


In Case You Missed It...
We Published More Helpful
COVID-19 Resources
in our April Newsletter.

CDO Workforce Program & Incentive Highlights
**In-Person Workshops and Services 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!

Stay well!
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