August 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
CDO Workforce Presents to Sidney School Students and Staff

On July 17th, CDO Workforce Disability Resource Coordinator Alan Sessions and Youth Services Career Advisor Jen Mitchell presented information to Sidney School students and staff at the Sidney CDO Workforce.

The students had taken several field trips recently to local businesses including ACCO Brands, Village Department of Public Works and WCDO Radio Station. 

Mr. Sessions gave an overview of all the services provided by CDO Workforce in all its locations.

Ms. Mitchell provided information pertaining to the Out-of-School Youth Program and the Summer Youth Employment Program.

The students and staff were thrilled to learn about all the services, especially interview preparation, resume writing and how to job search. 

The students were urged to come back at their convenience and navigate the resource room so that it will be familiar to them.

They were also encouraged to check out our website and Facebook pages, which contain a wealth of information and resources.

The Sidney School students and staff and the CDO staff are thankful for the opportunity- and excited about working together to assist America’s future workforce! 
Roundtable Discusses the
Value of Apprenticeships to
New York State Employers

On July 23rd, the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce partnered with NYS DOL to host the Otsego County Apprenticeship Roundtable Event for local manufacturers. The event was held at the Foothills Performing Art Center in Oneonta, NY.

American Apprenticeship Initiative Apprenticeship Coordinator Heather Schaap answered questions regarding the HMO Workforce Development Board's AAI grant - featured below in this newsletter.

Karin Smith, from NYS DOL, presented information regarding the benefits of having apprenticeships in the workplace. She also reviewed the new 2019 AEG grant regarding apprenticeships, and how it benefits businesses who currently have apprenticeships going.

Jan Hertzog, Workforce and Employment Director from SUNY Broome was present to give information to businesses about manufacturing grants they may be eligible for.

James Willey, Mohawk Valley Community College, Coordinator of Workforce Development – SUNY Apprenticeship Program, shared information about funds SUNY has for Apprenticeship and Pre-apprentice training. 

CDO Workforce Business Service Representative Debbie Bender also provided information to the employers regarding the many tax credits and initiatives available to them.

CDO Workfo rce adds
Work Incentive Practitioner
for Youth Services

Left: Kathy DeAngelo
Right: Alan Sessions
If you receive Social Security benefits and you have a job or are looking for one, there are specially trained professionals at CDO Workforce known as Work Incentive Practitioner to help you make sense of complex employment and benefit-related issues. 

Kathy DeAngelo, a certified Work Incentive Practitioner with 10 years of experience, is now joined by CDO Workforce Disability Resource Coordinator Alan Sessions, who earned his Work Incentive Practitioner certification on July 11, 2019. Congratulations, Alan!

Kathy and Alan provide individual counseling to beneficiaries seeking employment and intensive follow-up services to ensure that they are using the work incentives appropriately.

Work Incentive Practitioners provide confidential services to people with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). They educate beneficiaries on how employment will affect their public benefits such as SSI, SSDI, Medicare, Medicaid, subsidized housing and food stamps.

Kathy assists individuals 18 years old or older in the Chenango-Delaware-Otsego area, while Alan assists youth, ages 16 to 24, in the same area.

Kathy and Alan can help you with the following:
  • Help you understand how working and earning wages will affect your public benefits
  • Provide ongoing assistance to help you manage your benefits as you transition into employment or increase your earnings
  • Provide information on available education, training, and employment services
  • Explore, apply and implement ABLE Accounts, PASS Plans and other Work Incentives that assist you to achieve your employment goal
  • Understand the rules of Ticket to Work legislation and explore specific Work Incentives you might be eligible for
  • Explore the potential benefits of employment as a Social Security recipient, while dispelling the myths and fears about returning to the workforce
  • Analyze how work and earnings may impact your Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), health care, and other public benefits
  • Understand the services provided by a State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency or an Employment Network (EN), and how they might fit best with your needs
  • Enhance self-sufficiency and teach problem-solving skills and self-advocacy
  • Develop benefits analysis and advisement/benefits support, planning/benefits management 
  • Inform and refer to other resources available to you in the community

To make an appointment please call the CDO Workforce Center in Oneonta at 607-432-4800 and ask for either Kathy or Alan.
Workforce Events & Opportunities
Workplace Investigations -
Best Practices

This two-day seminar will give employers and investigators an understanding of the tools needed to plan and conduct interviews, gather, organize and review different types of evidence, draw appropriate conclusions, document an investigation and make the right recommendations for actions. 

Where: Mid York Library System, 1600 Lincoln Ave., Utica, NY 13502

When: Sept. 11th at 8:30am and Sept 12th at 9:00am

US Census Bureau Recruitment

When: Fri., August 2nd
Noon - 4pm

Where: Delaware CDO Workforce, 1 Courthouse Sq., Delhi, NY

US Census Staff will be available to answer questions and provide assistance.

Soldier For Life - Transition Assistance Program Career Fair

When: Thursday, Aug. 1st
9am - 1pm

Where: The Commons, 4350 Euphrates River Rd., Fort Drum, NY

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.)

Free Mental Health First Aid Training

are partnering to offer FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid training .

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or in crisis, and to connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social or self-help care. The course is designed for adults who work with young people ages 12-18, as teachers, coaches, faith leaders, social workers or others. 

Choose one 8-hour training
Tuesday, August 6
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
SUNY Morrisville, Norwich Campus
Wednesday, August 21
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
SUNY Morrisville, Norwich Campus
Register with Chris Paul: 607.337.4331 or
Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Job & Career Fair 2019

When: Aug. 9th
11am - 3pm

Where: SUNY Broome Ice Center
901 Upper Front Street
Binghamton, NY

Leadership Delaware Information Session

When: Aug. 21st
3pm - 4:30pm

Where: Liberty Rock Books
698 Main St., Hobart, NY

When: July 30th, 8:30am - 10:30am

Where: MTC Building, 61 Academy St., Margaretville, NY

Breakfast by Picnic. FREE.
Hiring People In Recovery Event

"On July 30th, community businesses and leaders will meet at a Business Breakfast meeting to discuss a model of hiring people in recovery that has been successful in Oneonta and Delhi.

The meeting is designed to examine the model's success in building a committed and stable workforce, discuss any concerns business owners may have, and explore next steps in bring the model to our communities.
Business leaders will share their experiences, award winning film by area film maker, Jessica Vecchione will be presented.

Speak with Jennifer Grigoli, owner of Sal's Pizzeria located in Oneonta to hear her experiences.

Call 845-586-3300 to reserve your space or just join us."
Spotlight on Workers with Disabilities
A Study Predicts Surge In Disability Voters In 2020

“Going into the 2020 elections, these results show that the disability community is likely to be very politically engaged,” said Professor Douglas Kruse, who co-authored the report.


ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to prepare for, achieve and maintain employment through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development.

Contact your local ACCES-VR office at:
or 800-888-5010

The American's with Disabilities Act - A primer for Small Business

While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to all businesses with 15 or more employees, this handbook is intended primarily for businesses with 15 to 100 employees and smaller businesses expecting to expand to have at least 15 employees in the near future. It will provide you with an easy-to-read, overview of the basic employment provisions of the ADA as they relate to employees and job applicants.

See More ADA and Other Resources on our Website:

Virtual Exhibit: Ed Roberts, the Disability Rights Movement and the ADA

This virtual exhibit produced by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) celebrates some of the many key groups and people who made the ADA possible, explores how and why the ADA was passed, and concludes by looking at some of the major challenges still being faced by people with disabilities.

How Accommodating Workers with Autism Benefits Employers - And All of Us

"People with autism are unemployed at disproportionate levels. As a result, companies are missing out on employees able to make valuable contributions. And society at large is affected since the situation creates inequities and financial dependence.

So why is it happening? Largely because autism is poorly understood and managers are ill-informed about how to accommodate affected workers.

Fortunately, recent research has provided us with many strategies to make workplaces more inclusive." ...

ABLE Webinar Series

The ABLE National Resource Center (ABLE NRC) is excited to launch their annual, nationwide #ABLEtoSave Awareness Campaign Webinar Series that will run throughout the month of August 2019.

The series provides information about Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts.

Weekly webinars will be held each Thursday in August from 2:00- 3:00 p.m. ET and will include information for people with disabilities, family members, service providers, employers, attorneys and financial planners.

Each webinar will feature at least one ABLE account owner or family member who will share how an ABLE account enhances the health, independence and quality of life for people with disabilities. 

You can find out more and register for the webinars here:

Have you seen our NEW DEI FACEBOOK PAGE?
CDO Workforce has launched a new Facebook page devoted to disability news and resources.

You can check it out here:

...And please Like & Share to help us get the word out about this great new resource...Thank you!
Workforce News - Job Seeker Tips - Resources

"The thing is, conflict is an inescapable part of life. You shouldn’t ask yourself, “Will I experience conflict?” but rather, “How will I manage conflict when it happens?” ...

Career Onestop Blog:
Free Online Learning for Work or For 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.

Resources for Business: has answers to common questions employers have about federal labor laws, including many for small businesses.

Grants to Help Individuals Returning to the Labor Force From the Justice System

Fidelity Bonding Demonstration Grants

ReEntry Project Grants

8 Questions You'll Be Asked in an Internship Interview - And How to Answer Them

Living Smoke-Free

This summer (July 30, 2019) marks the first anniversary of the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency’s smoke-free rule in and around Public Housing Authorities. This presents another opportunity for health care and behavioral health providers to start/continue conversations about tobacco cessation.

United Way of Delaware & Otsego Counties

"Through a network of volunteers and community services agencies, United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties helps meet the health and human-care needs of local people every day.

United Way's history is built on the proven effectiveness of local organizations helping people in their own communities.

Just a reminder to go to, click on Volunteer and check out the Opportunities listed on our Galaxy platform.

Make, deliver and/or serve lunches for kids out of school for the summer, join a Grade Level Reading campaign, help out at the Golf Ball Drop, or volunteer for one of the other wonderful ways to make a difference in your community! It's quick and easy to sign up, you'll be lending a hand and having some fun, too."
Featured Program
Apprenticeships create a pipeline of skilled workers to help employers prepare for the "grey tsunami," mend the skills gap and bring their companies to the next level, while helping workers achieve their career goals without taking on student debt.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the average salary for an apprenticeship graduate is $70,000!

This program is available to residents and businesses located in the following New York counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins.

Read the July/August AAI Newsletter to see the latest initiatives, program successes and apprenticeship & manufacturing news and information.

Like AAI's Facebook page to keep up to date with current apprenticeship & manufacturing news and program opportunities.

American Apprenticeship Initiative

Have You Ever Considered Becoming an Apprentice? Or Are You a Business Considering Hosting an Apprenticeship Program?

 The American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) grant program can help!
AAI helps companies registered in the apprenticeship program recruit, train, retain and develop a diverse workforce of skilled employees.

AAI can provide businesses up to $5,000 for Related Instruction and up to $2,000 for
Pre-Apprenticeship training. AAI can help businesses set up an apprenticeship program too!
Employer Value
Employers who utilize apprentices report:
  • Higher Productivity
  • Higher retention rates
  • A substantial return on investment
Participant Benefits
AAI helps high school and college students, disconnected youth, unemployed adults, minorities and veterans prepare for and secure apprenticeship opportunities. There is no charge to enroll in the program, and you can get paid while you learn.
Watch these 1-minute videos --with testimonials from local businesses and apprentices!
Community Events & Opportunities
Susquehanna Balloon Festival

When: Sat., August 31st
3pm to 9:30pm

Where: Neahwa Park, Oneonta, NY

Harvest Festival at the Farmers' Museum

When: Sept. 21 - Sept. 22

Where: The Farmers' Museum
5775 New York 80, Cooperstown, NY

Better Beginnings Parenting Workshops

When: Aug. 8th, 15th & 22nd

Where: 40 Lake St., Stamford, NY

Child Development & Milestones, Learn Strategies for Effective Discipline, Transportation & Child Care Provided, Learn Skills in Infant Care.

To Register: Contact Delaware Opportunities at 607-746-1730.
Farm to Fork -
A Taste of Chenango

When: Tues., Aug. 6th

Where: Chenango County Fairgrounds

Save the Date -
Sidney Fall Festival

When: Sept. 28th

Sponsored by the Sidney Chamber of Commerce - New this Year!

"Fun for the entire Family!"

Corn Hole Tournament, Craft Vendors ($20 for a vendor spot), Beer/Cider Tastings, Food, Music, Tasting Contest, Fun Events for Kids of All Ages, Prizes.

For More Information, to sign up for the corn hole tournament or to be a vendor, email or call 607-561-2320
Annual Jeff Dye Memorial Leukemia Ride
Ride to benefit Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

When: Sat., Sept 14th
10am - 1pm

Where: Pure County Campground, 176 Kelly Rd., New Berlin, NY

Scavenger Hunt, Poker Run, Dinner, Prizes and more. Camping is encouraged. Stalls, sites available.

For more information call Crystal (Dye) Cowen: 315-889-7743.
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 /  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 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 /
CDO Workforce Trailing Partner Initiative
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, Scholarships & Learning
Bassett Healthcare
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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