September 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 Labor Day!
All CDO Workforce offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2nd for the Labor Day holiday.
Program & Partner News
Front row Left to right is Baily Bush, Trevor Ottoson, Dillon Smith, Mikayla Stefanek, April Feyh- CDO Workforce Counselor
Back row - Summer Youth Counselor Rachel Maxwell, Congressman Antonio Delgado
Congressman Delgado Visits the Farm to Table Program at
Sidney Central School

Congressman Antonio Delgado recently visited Sidney Central School to look at the Farm to Table program that provides healthy food and educational opportunities for Sidney students of all ages. 

Congressman Delgado was able to view the gardens and concrete results of the collaboration between Sidney Central School District and Delaware County’s Summer Youth Employment Program through CDO Workforce. 

The Summer Youth Employment program (SYEP) was able to fund the employment of five youth who helped to plant vegetables in the various fields, raised beds, and green houses that the school operates to provide nutritious and free meals to their student’s year round. 

The hardest work was getting the plants in the ground, but further work was needed to weed and maintain the vegetables once planted.  

Youth attending the various educational camp programs at Sidney Central School are able to reap the benefits of the fresh food that the garden provides during the summer and throughout the school year. 

This year Delaware’s Summer Youth Employment Program gave 97 youth in Delaware County the opportunity to learn and work right in their own communities.  

The benefits of the program extend far beyond earning money towards college or that first car. The SYEP program provides opportunities for youth to develop important workplace skills that are vital to succeeding in today’s competitive job market.

Photo courtesy of April Feyh
Workforce Events & Opportunities

"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: To Be Announced, in the Oneonta area.

More information and seminar location will be available next week. If interested in attending, please e-mail:
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

Construction and Technology Career Day

When: Wed., Oct. 2nd

Where: Broome County Hwy Dept, Binghamton, NY

This community event provides high school students with opportunities to operate heavy equipment, try hands-on activities in the various trades and a host of other experiences provided by a variety of construction organizations, suppliers and related businesses in the community.

Environmental Conservation Police Officer Recruitment

Deadline for applications is September 4, 2019

(Search Environmental Conservation Police Officer.)

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.)

New York State Innovation Summit

The 2019 New York State Innovation Summit will showcase companies and researchers at the forefront of emerging technologies and new advancements in production capabilities. 

This event celebrates New York State leadership in technology-led economic growth with experts in biotechnology, new materials, energy innovation, and artificial intelligence that will explore current technology convergence opportunities, ways to accelerate commercialization, and issues of manufacturing sustainability.

When: Oct. 7-8, 2019

Where: Rochester Convention Center
123 E Main St., Rochester, NY

Margaretville Job Fair

When: Sept. 18th
3 - 6pm

Where: Margaretville Telephone Company
61 Academy St., Margaretville, NY

2019 Annual Fall Conference - Partners for Workforce Transformation

Hosted by the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP) in partnership with the NYS Economic Development Council.

When: Oct. 28-30, 2019

Where: Hyatt Regency
Rochester, NY

Norwich Job Fair

Where: Norwich VFW
Post 2782  
61 E Main St, Norwich NY 13815 

When: Thursday, September 12th, 2019  
*Please Note*
1pm-2pm is for Veteran’s only.
2pm-3:30pm is open to everyone.

For more information please contact Debbie Bender at 
607-432-4800 ext. 101 or

SUNY Delhi Offers Job Training Workshops

Upcoming workshops include ServSafe Food Safety Certification course on October 14, and Notary Public Workshop on October 22.

Other workshops in the areas of landscape design, horticulture, electrical construction, and carpentry are also planned for fall of 2019.

Featured Programs Starting Soon at

CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant class - starting Sept. 30, 2019 at the Chenango campus.

CPT - Certified Phlebotomy Technician Class - starting December 2, 2019.

You're Invited To The Norwich CDO Workforce Job Fair Tips Workshop!

Be prepared to attend the Job Fair on September 12th at the Norwich VFW Post 2782.

Find out how to make a good impression at a Job Fair. Be prepared to meet employers and ask the questions that will get you noticed. Find out what to expect at a Job Fair. Learn how to prepare for a successful visit to a Job Fair.

See a Career Services Staff to schedule to attend this workshop or call (607) 334-2201, ext. 127

Sept. 4th, 1:30pm-2:30pm at Norwich CDO Workforce, 1 O'Hara Drive, Norwich, NY

Seasonal Job Fair

Where: Our Lady of Good Council Parish, 701 W. Main St.
Endicott, NY 

When: Sept. 10th

Businesses you are invited to register and to submit job postings.

The new NYSDOL Seasonal Works site
is live! 
Supervisor Training Classes in Delhi

CDO Workforce is offering Supervisory Training Classes.

Where: Delaware County eCenter, 5 1/2 Main Street, Delhi

When: September 6, 13 and 20, 2019. (9-hour course divided into 3 segments.)

This series will give participants an advanced foundation of management skills. Participants will be taught leadership skills necessary for any supervisory position. 

For more information contact Maggie Gilbert at 607.832.5781 or email

ADA & Disclosure Workshop

When: Sept. 10th
2pm - 3pm

Where: Norwich CDO Workforce
1 O'Hara Dr., Norwich, 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.

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.

The New Faces Of Disability: Busting Stereotypes And Bending The World To Fit Their Needs


After Years Of Underemployment, People With Autism Thrive In Tech Jobs

See More Resources on our Website:
ABLE Accounts

Living with a disability is often associated with significant amounts of extra costs. That’s why individuals and families can now contribute to ABLE accounts — tax-advantaged savings accounts that can fund disability expenses. 

The beneficiary of the account is the account owner, and income earned by the accounts will not be taxed.

Contributions to the account can be made by any person (the account beneficiary, family and friends).
Learn more about ABLE Accounts at the ABLE National Resource Center's website:  

Take A Seminar - ABLE Accounts & ADA Basics for Job Seekers
When: Wednesday, September 18th
9:30am to Noon

Where: To Be Announced

CDO Workforce and Family Resource Network are co-sponsoring a seminar about how to establish and grow your ABLE Account and ADA Basics for Job Seekers.

The seminar will explain the eligibility requirement and how to establish an ABLE Account. ABLE accounts help eligible individuals with disabilities save for their futures without jeopardizing their public benefits,.

It is not required that you be receiving public benefits to have an ABLE account as there are significant financial advantages of having an ABLE account that can often outweigh other types of long-term savings tools. 

ADA information will also be provided about disclosing a disability in the workplace.

Interested in learning more about Able Accounts or about disclosing your disability? For more information about the seminar call 607-432-4800 x 109 or e-mail:
Check out our new 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
New Online Help Desk

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs recently launched the Contractor Assistance Portal , an online help desk where federal contractors can ask questions and access helpful reference materials.
Career Onestop Blog:
Bounce back from getting fired

"During the course of even the most successful careers, there may be incidents of abrupt and unexpected job endings. Though it may seem traumatic at the time, getting fired can ultimately improve your focus, confidence, and overall career resilience."


New website to explore health careers in Central New York.

"Get all the information you need to take the next step in your career and join the family taking care of your community."

8 Questions You Should Absolutely Ask An Interviewer

Chobani Founder's Solution to World Refugee Crisis: Hire Them

Job Interview Question: Why Should We Hire You?
(Plus Sample Answers)

Featured Job Posting
To apply:
Search: “Bassett Medical Center & Regional Sites”
Apply under Bassett Medical Center

Bassett Healthcare is Hiring!
Sign Up for an Informational Tour
at CDO Workforce

Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown has Food Service, Housekeeping, and Personal Care positions available.

Full-time and some part-time positions are eligible for benefits which include medical/pharmacy, dental, eye wear, accidental death and dismemberment, life insurance, and 403B. In the first year full time employees will receive 26 paid days off!  

Must be flexible with day/evening hours and working every other weekend and holiday rotation. Must enjoy a customer oriented, fast paced environment. Will consider any work experience – Bassett Healthcare will Train workers!  

An Informational Tour is being offered in September. Sign-up at CDO Workforce, 12 Dietz St., in Oneonta or call 607-432-4800 x 109. Participants must provide a copy of their immunization record for the tour at Bassett Hospital. 
Community Events & Opportunities
Chenango's Recovery & Wellness Glow 5K Run/Walk

When: Sat., Sept. 21, 2019
Registration 6:30pm
Race Start 7:30pm

Where: Chenango County Fairgrounds

Chenango County Area Agency on Aging
Needs Volunteers

The Chenango County Area Agency on Aging is in need of volunteer drivers/delivery persons for their Home Delivered Meal program within the city of Norwich. 

"You can make a difference.
It's very rewarding to help our area Seniors."

Please call 607-337-1770.

Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree & Powerfest

When: Sept. 7th, 10am - 4pm

Where: 51 County Hwy 12
East Meredith, NY

5th Annual Sidney
Health Fair

When: Sat., Sept. 14th

Where: Keith Clark Park,
Sidney, NY

Get Outdoors in
Otsego County

A comprehensive and searchable listing of every publicly accessible trail in Otsego County, New York. 

33rd Annual Greene
Apple Fest

When: Sat., Sept. 28th

Where: Greene Ball Flats Park

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 & Learning
Bassett Healthcare

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