October 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.

Happy Columbus Day!
All CDO Workforce offices will be closed on Monday, October 14th in observance of Columbus Day.
"Thank you in advance for your participation and input, which is so crucial to improving service delivery and our direction for the future."

--Alice Savino, Executive Director,
CDO/HMO Workforce Development Board
*Full Board Meeting October 18th*
Our next CDO Workforce Board meeting will be held on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at 9:00 A.M. (A breakfast buffet is available at 8:30 A.M.)

We are asking all CDO Workforce Board Members to please plan on attending this very important Strategic Planning meeting; your input is highly significant.

The meeting will be facilitated by Margaret Lawrence and Susan Payne, Strategic Planning and Economic Development Consultants from Broome county with extensive workforce experience. Ms. Lawrence and Ms. Payne have contracted with CDO Workforce in support of this strategic planning process, and will assist in completing a strategic plan that will be published in January 2020.

*Change of Venue*
Please note that this meeting will be held at the Quality Inn in Oneonta, 5206 State Hwy 23, Oneonta, NY.
Program & Partner News
CDO Hosts A Successful Job Fair at Southside Mall

CDO hosted a Job Fair at the Southside Mall on Wednesday, September 25th with 32 businesses in attendance. 

More than 50 job seekers attended, speaking with potential employers. Four interviews were done on the spot, and several candidates had appointments for interviews. 

Seven businesses expressed an interest in learning about our On-the-Job training program, and two employees are currently being screened for OJT eligibility. 

Both business partners and job seekers reported that this was a successful event!

Photo courtesy of Penny Seeger
Introducing Stacey Smith - New Employment Counselor in Oneonta

Stacey Smith started with the Department of Labor as an Employment Counselor on July 25th. She joins us with 20 years’ experience in the human services field.

Stacey received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and master’s degree in mental health counseling.

She is devoted to public interest and serves on the Cooperstown Food Pantries Advisory Board, volunteers with the Cooperstown Booster Club and mentors children through a local non-profit agency.

Stacey spends her free time in her home town of Cooperstown watching her children’s sporting event and raising dairy goats.

"She is a tremendous addition to CDO, with a positive and friendly personality," says Employment Services Manager Sandy Conklin.

Welcome, Stacey!!

Photo courtesy of Tylena Daniels
Workforce Events & Opportunities

You're invited!
"Autism in the Workplace"
--A Seminar for Businesses & Human Services

Sponsored by Central New York JSEC & CDO Workforce
In October, Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region Executive Director Janine Kruiswijk will present Autism in the Workplace Seminar. The seminar will cover what the Autism Spectrum is, how it may present in the workplace, accommodations, onboarding, retention and addressing stigma and other false assumptions. There will be time for questions and answers.

Presenter: Janine Kruiswijk has been the executive director of the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region since 2009. She previously served as the executive director of the Family Resource Network of Oneonta, New York. She has many years of experience supporting children, youth and adults with exceptional needs, providing community leadership, and promoting policy changes on behalf of families and individuals. Janine has her BS in Sociology from The College of New Rochelle. She is the parent of four children, one of them with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

When: Friday, October 11th. Registration 8:30, Program 9am - Noon.

Where: Springbrook's Oneonta Community Campus, 5588 State Hwy 7, Oneonta, NY

Register in Advance: otsegodelawarejsec@gmail.com

Pro-Tel Job Fair &
Open Interviews

When: Thursday, Oct. 3rd, 11:00am - 3:00pm

Where: 5132 State Hwy 12, Norwich

Community Job Fair

Commerce Chenango is currently seeking sponsors and exhibitors for the annual Job Fair.

Last year over 20 businesses were on hand to meet community members seeking job opportunities.

Call 334.1429 for a registration form. 

Where: Morrisville State College-Norwich Campus

When: November 13th
11:00am - 6:00pm

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

Do you work with young people aged 12-18, or have an interest in helping youth showing signs of an emotional crisis or mental illness?

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a no-cost course that will be offered at Norwich High School on Thursday, October 24, and Tuesday, October 29.
Facilitators from Chenango Health Network and UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital will be presenting the training sessions. Participants who attend both days will receive certification.
Register by calling or Emailing: Chris Paul at 607-337-4331 or chris@chenangohealth.org or Jamie Hagenbuch at 607-337-4283 or jamie.hagenbuch@nyuhs.org
New York State CTE Survey for Business/Industry Partners

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is currently drafting its Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act/Perkins V four-year plan for career and technical education.

As part of this plan, NYSED is proposing that work-based learning be used as an indicator of quality for secondary (high school) programs.

As members of the New York business community, they would appreciate you completing this short survey.

Recruitment at Raymond Corporation

When: Tues., Oct. 22nd
9:00am - 1:00pm

Where: Norwich CDO Workforce
1 O'Hara Drive, Norwich, NY

Bring a resume and be prepared to complete an application.

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.)

2nd Annual Mohawk Valley Region Workforce Summit
Pathways To Prosperity

The 2019 Workforce Summit is for Educators, Students, Workforce and Economic Developers, Work Ready Community Leaders, Employers, and Industry Partners to come together to improve the overall quality of our region’s workforce.

When: Oct. 10th
9:30am - 3:00pm

Where: SUNY Oneonta - Otsego Grill, Morris Hall

According to a recent study by the Southern Tier 8 Regional Planning and Development Board over 26% of all the jobs in Chenango County are in the manufacturing sector. The authors of the study also found that the average wage for an employee working in manufacturing in Chenango County was over $56,000.00 a year. 

In an effort to address these needs, SUNY Morrisville- Norwich Campus is recruiting trainees for a two-week manufacturing boot camp being held at their campus.

The training will be held from October 28, 2019 to November 8, 2019 from 8:30am-3:00pm. 
Manufacturing Boot Camp at SUNY Morrisville - Norwich Campus

In this training, trainees will be able to learn the manufacturing skills needed using online courses from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, supported by hands-on practice taught by SUNY Professors and experts in the field using state of the art training tools. The classes can be taught on-site at a company and tailored to their needs or delivered off site, either on the Norwich Campus or at another location.

This is the second manufacturing boot camp being held at SUNY Morrisville-Norwich Campus. The first training was held in Spring 2019, with several of the trainees becoming employed in manufacturing facilities in Chenango County. Several employers have already been made aware of this upcoming training and will be looking forward to interviewing the trained students once the training is complete.

The capstone to the training will be the Community Job Fair, hosted by Commerce Chenango and held at SUNY Morrisville-Norwich Campus on November 13, 2019. At this job fair, the recent graduates will be given the opportunity to meet with businesses that have open manufacturing positions and businesses will be made aware that these graduates are ready to enter the career field of manufacturing and make a direct impact on the company’s output from day one.

SUNY Morrisville-Norwich Campus is looking for anyone that has an interest in manufacturing or has worked in manufacturing to be referred to this training. SUNY Morrisville-Norwich Campus has been approved on the Eligible Training Provider List, so funding may be available to eligible customers, 

For further information on the institute or to register for this upcoming course, please contact Dan Goldman at (607) 334-5144 ext. 5082 or at goldmadq@morrisville.edu .
Manufacturing Day Events
Local Manufacturing Day Events
"Creators Wanted - Inspiring the Next Generation of Manufacturers"

Held annually on the first Friday in October, Manufacturing Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders.

This year Manufacturing Day falls on October 4th.

Several of our local manufacturers are holding events at their facilities, including tours, presentations, and other activities.

You can find out more about their events at the links below:

Raymond Corporation (By invitation only.)

Spotlight on Workers with Disabilities
Work Incentive Practitioner for Youth Services

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.

To make an appointment please call the CDO Workforce Center in Oneonta at 607-432-4800.

Adaptive Sports Programs

The EDD Memorial Fund offers adaptive sports programs throughout the year to children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. 

EDD Memorial Fund Parachute Games
...and More

When: Tues., Oct. 22nd

Where: SUNY Delhi
454 Delhi Dr., Delhi, NY

ADA & Disclosure Workshop

When: Tues., October 8th
10:00am to 11:00am

Where: Oneonta CDO Workforce
12 Dietz Street, Oneonta, NY

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.

Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Held every October, National Disability Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a fitting time to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

The 2019 NDEAM theme will be “The Right Talent, Right Now.”

"The Right Talent, Right Now" --2019 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme

"NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents."

"The 2019 NDEAM theme emphasizes the essential role people with disabilities play in America’s economic success, especially in an era when historically low unemployment and global competition are creating a high demand for skilled talent."

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

...And please Like & Share to help us get the word out about this great new resource...Thank you!
Workforce News - Job Seeker Tips - Resources
Why Workforce Development Boards Are Effective In Their Communities

"In the day to day of getting people back to work, we can often forget the importance of telling our story and impact. However, workforce developments boards have lasting positive impacts for communities and their stories should be told." 
  • Workforce Developments Boards (WDBs) are attuned to their job seekers' needs 
  • WDBs are in touch with the needs of local businesses and industries 
  • WDBs have strong connections with local government officials, media outlets, and potential investors 

Answering the Interview Question: What Is Your Greatest Achievement or Accomplishment? (Plus Sample Answers)


Top 30 Best Questions to
Ask the Interviewer


4 interview mistakes you probably didn’t realize you were making

From AspenInstitute.org:

How much does worker churn cost your business? A large and growing body of research shows that turnover is a significant expense to firms. But how do you calculate this cost, and what do you do with what you learn?

Aspen Institute has created a tool to walk you through the steps to calculate the cost of turnover.

Lack of Child Care
Hurting Workforce

"Gov. Andrew Cuomo is now calling on each of the 10 Regional Economic Development Councils to consider child care needs when it comes to workforce development."

You're invited to a free public forum: "Living with Dignity and the Crisis of Poverty in Otsego and Delaware Counties"

When: Saturday, October 5th from 2:00-5:00PM

Where: Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta, NY

Local Workforce Development Boards Celebrated "Workforce Development Awareness Week" Sept. 22-29

Community Events & Opportunities
Taste of the Catskills Festival

When: October 12th & 13th

Where: Maple Shade Farm, 2066 County Highway 18, Delhi, NY 

Chenango Arts Council Free Concert
Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble

When: Sunday, Oct. 6th

Where: Martin W. Kappel Theater
27 West Main St., Norwich, NY

Sidney Fall Festival

When: October 5th

Where: Downtown Sidney, 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
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
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 maggie.gilbert@co.delaware.ny.us 
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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Thank you!

Happy October!
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