June 2019
News & Opportunities
Workforce News - Recruitments - Job Fairs - Funding - Workshops - Community 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.
Free Workshops
CDO Workforce offers free workshops every month!

You can brush up on your computer skills; create or fine-tune your resume; learn about ADA & disclosure; get support from a Veteran Counselor; get interviewing practice and lots more.

Program & Partner News
Out-of-School Youth Program

Last month we featured Whisper Kinsey, a Bainbridge resident and mother of one, who enrolled in the Out-of-School Youth Program in March 2019 with the goal of obtaining her Class B CDL license and employment as a driver.

Whisper completed her training and passed the road test, receiving her license in April.

In our May issue Whisper was working diligently with CDO Workforce and Sage Truck Driving School to secure employment. We're happy to say that Whisper is now employed!

Congratulations on your new job, Whisper!

Photo Courtesy Jennifer Mitchell
CDO Workforce Wears Purple

Thursday, May 15th was MPS Awareness Day.

From the National MPS Society website: "Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) and mucolipidosis (ML) are genetic lysosomal storage diseases (LSD) caused by the body’s inability to produce specific enzymes. The missing or insufficient enzyme prevents cells from recycling waste, resulting in the storage of materials in cells throughout the body. As the disease progresses, there is widespread damage throughout the body, including the heart, bones, joints, respiratory system and central nervous system, leading to a shortened lifespan."

CDO Workforce staff wore purple on May 15th to raise awareness and to "acknowledge and thank those that work tirelessly to research treatments and cures, and to recognize the families and individuals diagnosed with MPS and ML and the challenges they constantly overcome."

From Left: Kathy DeAngelo, Disability Resource Coordinator; Penny Seeger, Youth Services Career Advisor; Beth Kilts, Employment & Training Counselor

Photo Courtesy Kathy DeAngelo
CDO Workforce Staff at the Southside Mall Job Fair
Southside Mall Job Fair is a Great Success!

More than 60 local businesses participated in the Southside Mall Job Fair, which took place on May 22nd in Oneonta. It was a tremendous turnout, with about 120 eager job seekers arriving with resumes in hand for an opportunity to meet instantly with company representatives.

Business Services Representative Debbie Bender said "It was a huge success! Many businesses, including the US Census Bureau, said it was the best one they have been to this year."

Southside Mall was also very appreciative of all the hard work of CDO Workforce staff.

"Phenomenal turnout of job seekers!" a Mall representative said. "Thank you CDO Workforce for offering an incredible selection of employment opportunities!"

Watch our newsletter, website and Facebook page for upcoming job fairs in Chenango and Otsego counties in August and September.

Photos Courtesy Southside Mall, Oneonta
CDO Workforce wishes LVER Paul Russo all the best in his retirement!
Paul Russo, Local Veteran Employment Representative Retires

Paul Russo, Local Veteran Employment Representative (LVER), is retiring from New York Civil Service after 27 years with the Department of Labor (DOL).  He joined DOL in 1992 and has been employed at the CDO Workforce One-Stop Career Centers in Norwich and Oneonta serving the veterans of Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties.  

Paul is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, having served four years of active service as an F-15 Armament Specialist attaining the paygrade of E-5/Sergeant. Paul was stationed in Bitburg, West Germany and Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. Paul also served as a Heavy Equipment Operator in the Army National Guard out of Oneonta for six years, attaining the rank of E-4/Specialist. 

Paul is an active member of American Legion Post 189 in Norwich, where he is a Past Commander, President of Post 189 Corporation Board and current Director of the Post Legion Rider group. Paul lives in Norwich with his wife Lora Lee, with whom he has two grown stepsons.

Wishing you all the best in your retirement, Paul!

Photos Courtesy Sarah Lopez & William Haines
New Training Funds Are Available
New Grant Funds are Available:
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 and/or would like assistance to apply, please contact:
Debbie Bender
Business Services Representative
New York State Department of Labor | Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions
(607) 432-4800 Ext 101 / Debra.Bender@labor.ny.gov
Workforce Events & Opportunities
Start a Child Care Business

Interested in becoming a registered family day care provider?

Contact Delaware Opportunities Child Care Resource & Referral at 607-746-1620 or by email at daycare@delop.org

SUNY Delhi &
CDO Workforce
Electrician's Helper Training (60 Hours)

When: June 17th - June 27th from 9am - 5pm every week.

Where: SUNY Delhi

U.S. Care Systems - FREE Personal Care Aide Certification Class

When: Starts June 17th

Where: Oneonta, NY

Call 607-432-9355 for more information.
Career Pathways III

Are you actively participating in a High School Equivalency or National EDP program?

Do you have an interest working in Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare or working in a Trade?
The CAREER PATHWAYS III program wants to help YOU!

(Must meet residency, age & income requirements.)

Drone Pilot Training

Oneonta Job Corps in partnership with Hudson Valley Community College, SkyOp, and the Albert S. Nader Regional Airport (formerly Oneonta Municipal Airport) is offering the third Drone Pilot advanced training class in July. Ten students will prepare for the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot exam to become a licensed commercial drone pilot.

This is a 300-hour training program that consists of the following modules: 

  • Introduction to SUAS (Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems)
  • Federal Aviation Administration Remote Pilot Test
  • Hands-On DJI Phantom Training
  • Introduction to Photo & Video Drone Production
  • Understanding Autonomous Flight Uses and Applications
  • Introduction to Pix4D Graphical Information System

Eligibility: Students who are 18 years of age, have TABE Reading & Math scores of 580, have completed a Career Technical Trade in any field, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, are medically fit to be a pilot, and are non-smokers (Oneonta JC is a Smoke & Tobacco Free campus) are eligible to apply. Preference is given to those students in the following areas:

  • Military Pathway (Please submit ASVAB test score)
  • Information Technology 
  • Security
  • Construction 

Deadline to apply: Friday, June 7th

Questions? – Please contact Tracie Hunt at 607-431-1440; hunt.tracie@jobcorps.org

DYK We post local Job Opportunities on our Facebook Page?

We post the latest job openings in Chenango, Delaware & Otsego Counties every day on our Facebook page. If you are a job seeker, stop by our page frequently so you don't miss anything-- because they won't all show up in your News Feed!

Businesses: Have a job opening? We'll get the word out for you! You can go here to submit your job posting;
Spotlight on Workers with Disabilities
Campaign for Disability Employment Blog Post:
"Looking Closer: Raising Expectations of People with Disabilities Helps Us All Move Forward"

"There are more than 50 million Americans with disabilities in the United States today, constituting a remarkably diverse group that includes people with Autism, asthma and arthritis, as well as cancer, depression, dyslexia and myriad other conditions. They are black and white, young and old; they live in Brooklyn, San Francisco and Iowa City. No two people have the same talents or interests—regardless of disability status. So, what kind of jobs can people with disabilities do? Any jobs that people can do."

Read the article in the US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy Working Works Campaign section of our Hiring Workers with Disabilities Resources page.

Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)

New Resource for Businesses:
Small Business & Disability Employment: Steps to Success provides a path, outlining effective strategies for recruiting and retaining qualified people with disabilities as well as ways business associations can help their members understand the value disability diversity adds to their workplaces and communities.

Learn more about this great resource and others, including why hiring workers with disabilities is good for business, on our Hiring Workers With Disabilities Resources Page on our CDO Workforce website.

Helpful Info From the NYS Dept. of Heath: Osteoporosis and Adults with Disabilities

 New Webinar from the ABLE National Resource Center:

Please like our NEW FACEBOOK PAGE!
CDO Workforce has launched a new Facebook page devoted to disability news and resources.

Please like and share our page here:

Thank you!
Programs, Scholarships & Learning
Bassett Healthcare
Workforce News - Job Seeker Tips - Resources


Free online learning for work or pleasure

"Take advantage of free online resources to develop your job-related skills, explore a personal interest, or exercise your learning muscles just for fun."

Featured Businesses
Chobani is hiring in
New Berlin, NY & Nowrich, NY
Chobani Founder
Hamdi Ulukaya Ted Talk:
'Prioritizing People Over Profits'

From the Ted Website: Profit, money, shareholders: these are the priorities of most companies today. But at what cost? In an appeal to corporate leaders worldwide, Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya calls for an end to the business playbook of the past -- and shares his vision for a new, "anti-CEO playbook" that prioritizes people over profits. "This is the difference between profit and true wealth," he says.

Amphenol in Sidney, NY, has a rich history dating back to 1925. From mergers to World Wars to natural disasters, the people of Sidney have demonstrated unparalleled resiliency while leading the industry in connector manufacturing around the world.

Raymond is hiring!
Raymond Corporation Hosts
Engineering Day

The Raymond Corporation hosted more than 150 high school students at its headquarters in Greene, New York, on Friday, May 17 for the company’s inaugural engineering day. Students from more than 9 schools across the Southern Tier of New York state learned about career opportunities within engineering and its multitude of disciplines.

Sidney Central School and Raymond celebrate the Opening of the New Raymond Welding Skills Development Program

The collaboration between Sidney CSD and The Raymond Corporation will better prepare students for a welding career. 

“Raymond is proud to collaborate with educational institutions — like Sidney High School and DCMO BOCES — that support the next generation of our workforce,” said The Raymond Corporation Senior Director of Operations Tony Topencik. “Shrinking the skills gap is a priority for Raymond. We are excited to be able to provide any additional support and education to allow students to excel.”

Community Events & Opportunities
Medical Clinic

When: July 11-20, 2019
8am - 5pm
(Afternoon only on the 11th, Morning only on the 20th)

Where: Norwich High/Middel School Complex
89 Midland Drive, Norwich, NY

Scheduling for Greater Chenango Cares will begin June 3rd at 8am. Please do not call early.

MASH Camps

MASH Camp, or the Medical Academy of Science and Health, is a fun and educational day camp for students to explore health careers. Students are exposed to a variety of health professions, covering everything from on-the-job-training to an advanced college degree.

When: June 26th, 2019
10am - 2pm

Where: 35430 State Hwy 10
Hamden, NY

Rain or Shine.
All activities are free.
Open House: Learn about OFC Rehabilitation & Weatherization Grant Funding

From Opportunities for Chenango:
" Attention Contractors:
Please drop in and learn about the OFC rehabilitation and weatherization grant funding and procurement process that is available for local contractors to perform various types of work throughout Broome and Chenango County."

When: June 19th

Where: 44 West Main Street
Norwich, NY

RSVP by June 14th

Meredith Dairy Fest

When: June 8th & 9th, 2019

Where: 3575 Honest Brook Road
Meredith, NY

CDO Workforce Program & Incentive Highlights
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 2019,  businesses can earn tax credits of up to $7,500  for eligible youth starting work between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. 
Businesses in Chenango, Delaware or Otsego County who would like to participate in this program must apply before November 30, 2019.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact:
Debbie Bender, Business Services Representative
New York State Department of Labor, Div. of Employment and Workforce Solutions
CDO Workforce Oneonta
12 Dietz St., Oneonta, NY
607-432-4800 Ext. 101
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 /   Tylena.Daniels@labor.ny.gov  OR April Feyh at  (607)-832-5782 /   april.feyh@co.delaware.ny.us
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 maggie.gilbert@co.delaware.ny.us 
CDO Workforce Disability Employment 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 June!
Next Month's Issue:
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