December 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.

Merry Christmas!
All CDO Workforce offices will be closed on Christmas, Wednesday, December 25th.
Partners in Workforce Transformation
Photo Courtesy NYATEP
NYATEP and NYSEDC Hosted the 2019 Fall Conference: Partners in Workforce Transformation
The conference was held at the Rochester Hyatt Regency in October.

NYATEP reports that the event drew hundreds of workforce and economic development professionals from across the state for "collaborative conversations and partnership opportunities."

NYATEP has shared the workshop materials. To view them, click here.
Program & Partner News
CDO Workforce "Attitude of Gratitude" Career Fair

The "Attitude of Gratitude" Career Fair, sponsored by Oneonta Job Corps Academy, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and CDO Workforce, was held on Wednesday, Nov. 20th at the Quality Inn in Oneonta.

Some 40 businesses participated and more than 200 job seekers, including Job Corps students, attended to meet face-to-face with potential employers.

Pictured (from left): NYSDOL Business Services Representative David Croston, Disability Resource Coordinator Kathy DeAngelo and Oneonta Job Corps Academy Director Christopher Kuhn.

Photo Courtesy Alan Sessions
CDO Workforce
Youth Program

Allison Isaacs is a recent enrollment in the Out-of-School Youth Program. 

She recently completed the Fall Leadership Development class after giving a presentation outlining her current 10-Year Plan. 

Allison’s current goals are to continue building an understanding of what it takes to become a daycare provider, take the necessary steps in order to become certified as a daycare provider and eventually to own and operate her own daycare center. 

Photo: Allison can be seen here alongside a slide from her presentation that outlines her current plan’s final goals.

Photo Courtesy Tylena Daniels
Celebrating NDEAM

To commemorate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October, CDO Workforce arranged a presentation from Otsego Includes at the Oneonta Rotary Club meeting on October 31st. 

Otsego Includes advocates through community education, partnership, and direct action to strengthen the inclusion of Otsego County, NY residents of all abilities by lessening disparity and encouraging acceptance and respect. They do this with the belief that every person deserves an equitable quality of life in their employment and community, and when this is provided the entire community will benefit.

Forty Rotarians attended the presentation.
Caley Sharratt, Otsego Includes’ chairperson, and Maggie Lilja, Otsego Includes’ member presented about how to make presentations, meetings and events accessible to all.

Suggestions included: simple signage with pictures, provide handouts at least 14 point font, avoid distractions, describe visuals, good lighting, presentations at 18 or 24 point font, use high contrast colors, simple fonts, use a microphone, pause at the start of each slide, use closed captioning videos, provided assisted listening devices, reduce background noise, save seats near the presenters for attendees with low vision, barrier free pathway, room to sit at tables, advertise if the event is accessible, and advertise if near public transportation.

Other ideas provided were: give an outline of the agenda, don’t speak too fast, summarize the info, limit text on slides, use few syllable words, and limit use of jargon. Many of their suggestions will improve the experience of both individuals with and without disabilities.

Photo: Caley Sharratt is standing and Maggie Lilja is sitting

Photo Courtesy Alan Sessions
"We Soldier On" presents at the Oneonta Rotary Club

On November 21st, William Brown and Geoff Raiti from We Soldier On presented at Oneonta Rotary Club about Veterans' homelessness and services We Soldier On provides.

They report that a large percentage of homeless Veterans have disabilities, and they work to get the Veterans the health care and accommodations that they need.

The presentation was arranged by CDO Workforce's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) program. 35 Rotarians attended the presentation.

Pictured: William Brown (left) and Geoff Raiti (right)

Photo Courtesy Alan Sessions
Heather Schaap, Apprenticeship Coordinator, American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI)
Good Luck, Heather Schaap!

AAI Apprenticeship Coordinator Heather Schaap has taken a new job.

Heather says, "It is with bittersweet feelings that I will be leaving the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) program effective November 22, 2019. I will be joining The William George Agency for Children as their Aftercare Services Coordinator beginning December 2, 2019. This will allow me the chance to work with at-risk youth again, a passion recognized while working as the Summer Youth Counselor and then the year-round, Out-of-School Youth Employment & Training Counselor through the Norwich CDO Workforce Center. After six years as the youth counselor, I left CDO for a short time to work in Adult Education and then returned to workforce as an Outreach Coordinator for the BEAM (Bridges to Employment & Academic Marketplace) grant program for two years until its completion and then the AAI grant as Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Southern Region through the Workforce Development Board for over a year.
Working within workforce has allowed me many opportunities to learn and grow as a Human Services worker, while also completing my Master's Degree. I have worked with many great people and been lucky to be a part of many programs and involved with a variety of partnering agencies and training providers. I look forward to sharing these resources with the young people I will be working with to re-engage in their communities after residential care."

We wish you all the best, Heather!

Photo courtesy Heather Schaap
Workforce Events & Opportunities
Robinson Terrace Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Job Fair

When: Thurs., Dec. 5th,
11:30am - 7:00pm

Where: Stamford, NY

The Arc Otsego
Career Fair

When: Tues., Dec. 10th
11:00am - 6:00pm

Where: 35 Academy St., Oneonta, NY

"We work hard, we work together and we make a difference. It’s your time to shine; come Achieve With Us!" 

Carpenters' Union Info Sessions

"Make Carpentry Your Career"

"This is your first step for a great opportunity to join the Carpenters’ Union. Our goal is to recruit, train, and employ the next generation of skilled carpenters in the State of New York." 

Info sessions will be held in Binghamton and Utica on December 2nd

GED Classes at Richfield Springs Public Library

The GED prep classes will be offered starting in January 2020 and will be based on the schedule of participants. Class enrollment will be on a rolling basis. 

Pre-Licensing Courses at SUNY Delhi

Learn rules of the road and safe driving principles during the 5-hour pre-licensing course.

Most new drivers need this class to schedule a driving test.

You must have your permit prior to participating in the 5-hour course.

ServSafe Food Safety Certification Course at SUNY Delhi

When: Mon., January 13th, 2020
8:00am - 4:30pm

The ServSafe Food Safety Certification Program is the most widely accepted food safety program among local, state and federal health departments and is valid for five years. This training is for both first time and renewal certification. No walk-ins the day of the class.

HSE Classes

DCMO BOCES will begin an HSE Class at the Norwich CDO Workforce Center on Monday, 12/9/2019. This class will be Monday and Thursday 4-7pm. 

Anne Walters will be the instructor: 

To learn more: call the Adult Education Office at
607-335-1210 or 607-335-1216.
DYK We're always adding new recruitment events and opportunities to our calendar throughout the month?

Spotlight on Manufacturing
"Amphenol-Aerospace is the undisputed leader in interconnect systems for aerospace/harsh environment applications.

The Sidney, NY facility, nestled at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, is over 675,000 square feet. This complex houses over 1,400 employees, incorporating state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. The facility is both ISO9001 certified and qualified to MIL-STD-790 requirements."
Amphenol Will Add More Apprentices

Amphenol currently holds eight New York State Registered Apprenticeships in the trades of Toolmaker (36-month trade) and Quality Control Analysts (24-month trade).

With the assistance of the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI), Apprentices are anticipated to begin completing their related instruction and on-the-job learning requirements starting in May 2020.

Amphenol is committed to adding more Apprentices and building their company with skilled Journey workers. To prepare for future Apprentices, Amphenol began Pre-Apprentice training, utilizing AAI funding and Tooling U in April 2019. The Tooling U curriculum is Manufacturing 101, which contains 24 classes focused on basic foundational skills for advanced manufacturing.

To date 62 incumbent workers have started training with 25 reaching completion.

Why Can't Manufacturing Sell Itself to Millennials?

How can the manufacturing industry better attract younger people to fill the gaps left behind by baby boomers?

Congratulations, Raymond Corporation!
"For over 95 years, Raymond has built a reputation based on top-notch innovation, quality and service. We do more than design and build the best forklifts in the business. We provide end-to-end solutions that bring day-to-day warehouse and distribution operations to a new level of performance. And we support customers with a Sales and Service network unmatched in the industry."
Raymond Corporation Recognized

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce recently selected The Raymond Corporation for its 2019 Corporate Citizen Award.

Raymond, headquartered in Greene, New York, was recognized for providing philanthropic support to more than 150 nonprofit and educational organizations through monetary contributions, forklift donations and volunteer participation. Raymond also hosts several community and education events at its facility to encourage manufacturing industry growth within Broome and Chenango counties, as well as surrounding areas.

Each year, Raymond invites local students to attend its Manufacturing Day and Engineering Day events, in which attendees can learn career skills from hands-on activities and Raymond professionals.

The Deloitte 2018 skills gap in manufacturing study notes that approximately 2.4 million positions are on track to go unfilled through 2028. 

The Workforce Development Institute Helps Manufacturing Days Gain Momentum

"During October - recognized nationally as Manufacturing Month - WDI staff collaborated with partners in virtually every region of the state to produce innovative programming aimed at changing misperceptions about manufacturing and steering new workers toward this high demand field."

ONC BOCES Students Get Jobs Without A College Degree

ONC BOCES says local employers have told them what they are looking for, and many students have already received job offers.

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.

7 Principles of Inclusive Design That Put People First

ADA & Disclosure Workshop

When: Tues., Dec. 10th,
10:00am - 11:00am

Where: Oneonta CDO Workforce
12 Dietz St., 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.

ABLE November Top Three Questions

This month, the ABLE NRC answers the following top three questions:

1. What happens if an ABLE account owner medically improves and is no longer eligible for the ABLE account?
2. How can I register for upcoming webinars and view archived recordings?
3. Where can I find Social Security Administration policy guidance on ABLE accounts?

Get the answers and more in the ABLE November newsletter

ADA Audio Conference Series

The Great Lakes ADA Center's ADA Audio Conference Series provides in-depth information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

This program is designed to enhance an individual's existing knowledge base or facilitate continued learning regarding regulations and trends under the ADA.

Latest Archive Webinar: Nov 12, 2019 - Leave under the ADA and FMLA.

We've Added A New Resource to Our Hiring Workers with Disabilities page

We now have over a dozen resources for businesses on our website's Hiring Workers with Disabilities page.

We've recently added the Employer Guide to Hiring Veterans.

You can view these resources, along with a library of informative articles and news stories HERE

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
The 2019 MWBE New York State Contract Opportunities eBook is now available

All New York State Agencies and Authorities, along with a summary of their mission, contact information for key decision makers, and upcoming contract opportunities are listed in the MWBE New York State Contract Opportunities eBook.

A Change Leader Must Do These 4 Things to Be Successful


3 Great Reasons to Job Search Over the Holidays

Careers with Declining Employment

Do you know which U.S. careers are projected to have declining employment?

Keeping Good Talent
in Oneonta

Local IT/Marketing firm, Directive Technologies has begun offering student loan assistance as an employee benefit.

By offering this benefit, Directive hopes to "better entice and retain the talents of those graduating from the local colleges and keep them in the area, helping to improve the Oneonta community for the long term."

NYATEP Tours Germany for Workforce Learning Exchange

A delegation of workforce professionals from New York and Michigan recently visited the German cities of Bonn and Cologne to explore their apprenticeship and workforce models.

The experience was chronicaled through NYATEP's new podcast "NYATEP on the Road."

Want to Do Business
with Cree?

Cree is building world’s largest silicon carbide fabrication facility in Marcy.

Click below to view forms that collect information from potential new supplier businesses for review by the purchasing department at Cree.

This process will assist in streamlining Cree’s supplier review procedure. If Cree is interested in the products and/or services your company provides, or if any other information is required, you will be contacted by a Cree purchasing representative.

Community Events & Opportunities
Sidney Chamber Holly Jolly Days

When: F riday, December 6, 2019
4:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: Sidney Chamber of Commerce
85 Main St., Sidney, NY

Church Girls' Holiday Bazaar
in Delhi

When: Sunday, Dec. 1st
10:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Delhi American Legion
41 Page Ave., Delhi, NY

CDO Workforce Program & Incentive Highlights
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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Thank you!

Happy December!
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