January 2020
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 New Year from Your Friends at CDO Workforce!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Norwich and Oneonta CDO Workforce offices will be closed on Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

(Sidney and Delhi CDO Workforce offices will be open.)
Dislocated Worker - Opioid Grant
Dislocated Worker/Opioid Grant Program Director Veronica Miller Presents at the Oneida County Opioid Task Force Kick-Off

Photo Courtesy: Veronica Miller
The Grant May Provide:
  • Certificate Training Programs (Employer recognized or Industry recognized credentials)
  • Help Getting Your High School Equivalency (formerly GED)
  • Pre-apprenticeships and Apprenticeships
  • On-The-Job Training Opportunities
  • Certified Peer Advocate Training (CRPA), Recovery Coach Training
  • Entry-level Health Care (PCA, HHA, CNA, Medical Assistant)
  • Career Counseling, Career Planning
  • Transportation (Bus passes)
  • And other free services,such as tests fees, training-related application fees, recertifications, and tools

“The opioid crisis touches so many communities across New York state but this grant can provide a light at the end f the tunnel when it comes to addiction and recovery. These funds will create jobs and help provide essential training and workforce development - confronting the problem from many different angles and leading to real solutions for individuals and families struggling with addiction.”
--NYS State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon
New Grant Helps Dislocated Workers Affected by the Opioid Crisis
A new grant program is available to residents in Herkimer, Madison, Oneida and Otsego counties, helping a potentially at-risk population reconnect with jobs.

The Herkimer-Madison-Oneida Workforce Development Board has been awarded an $806,000 federal grant to use "innovative approaches" to address the economic and workforce-related impacts of the opioid epidemic.

The grant will provide training and support activities to dislocated workers (including displaced homemakers), new entrants to the workforce, and incumbent workers, including individuals in these populations who are or who have been impacted by the opioid crisis.

"The individuals that I have enrolled are so thankful of the supports this grant provides," says Program Director Veronica Miller. "They want to give back to the community, because they are so thankful."

Eligible Participants Include:
  • Must be a Dislocated Worker (DW)
  • Must be an Unemployed or significantly underemployed individual
  • Must reside in Herkimer county, Madison county, Oneida county or Otsego County
  • Must be interested in employment and training

Ms. Miller recently presented at the Oneida County Opioid Task Force Kick-Off. She has also been featured on local television news programs talking about the impacts and importance of this grant.

You can view the news segments here:

To Learn More About This Grant and To Find Out if You Are Eligible, GO HERE .

“Addressing the opioid epidemic requires creative solutions to help New Yorkers on the path to recovery. The New York State Department of Labor will utilize this funding to ensure those impacted by the crisis have access to workforce development opportunities. This funding will also train new recovery professionals to meet the growing demand across the state.”
--NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul
Program & Partner News
Meet Our New CDO Workforce Mascot, Diezel,
who stopped by to bring some Christmas cheer!

Photo Courtesy Maggie Gilbert
Out-of-School Youth Program Success!

Thomas was enrolled into the CDO Workforce Out of School Youth Program during May 2019.
He lacked a high school diploma and had held a job for approximately 3 months.

Thomas began attending HSE classes on May 9, 2019, and after attending a few classes was ready to take the TASC exam in June 2019. On July 30, 2019 Thomas was issued an HSE Diploma.

Thomas had a goal to obtain employment at GE Unison in Norwich. After applying for an opening with GE Unison he began the Manufacturing Boot Camp at SUNY Morrisville, Norwich Campus where he excelled. Thomas was able to complete all modules in this Advanced Manufacturing Training and complete extra modules. 

Thomas began the interview process with GE Unison during the time he was attending the Manufacturing Boot Camp at SUNY Morrisville. 

Thomas completed a paid work experience as a laborer at North Norwich Highway Department and did an excellent job. Thomas’ supervisor indicated he was “…what every employer is looking for. He is a great young man willing to learn and work.” 

Approximately one week prior to Thomas completing the work experience on December 13, 2019, he was offered employment by GE Unison and is expected to begin his career at GE Unison on January 6, 2020. 

Thomas completed all his goals in approximately 8 months and it is expected that he will be successful at GE Unison.

NYATEP Launches Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Website

Every year NYATEP collects information on Summer Youth Employment Programs (SYEP) and youth profiles from across New York State. This year 33 youth are featured who completed exciting job opportunities.

This year, NYATEP collected information on the biggest challenges and successes of programs. The challenges that consistently came up across many counties were the need to develop more funding, transportation across the county, working with participants in summer school, and
finding appropriate jobs for youth ages 14-15. 

The successes that consistently came up across many counties were youth who received job
offers, businesses who asked extended the program to keep youth longer, being able to place youth in their dream jobs and high rates of successful completion!

"A HUGE thank you to everyone who worked with youth this summer and submitted youth profiles," NYATEP says. "It is amazing to go through and hear from youth in their own words. Every single youth found something they enjoyed about the work and something they learned."

Workforce Events & Opportunities
Drone Pilot Training at Oneonta Job Corps Academy

Now taking applications for Spring 2020

Stafkings Healthcare Systems Recruitment

When: Tues., January 21st
9:00am - Noon

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

Open Positions: 
PCAs and HHAs and CNAs and Caregivers
First and Second Shift available
Positions are throughout Chenango County. Employees will enjoy flexible schedules, benefits, referral bonuses, and bi-monthly incentives.

Bring a resume and be prepared to complete an application. 

Reservations preferred. Walk-ins are welcome.

Delaware County Counselors' Association Spring 2020 College and Career Fair

The Delaware County Counselors’ Association invites you to be represented at their spring Delaware County College and Career Fair.

When: Thursday April 2nd, 2020
9:30am - 11am

Where: SUNY Delhi, Clark Field House

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. 

ServSafe Certification Course at SUNY Delhi

SUNY Delhi will be offering a ServSafe Food Safety Certification Course on campus, January 13, 2020 from 8 am to 4:30 pm. 

ServSafe is the highest standard in training and certification for food-service workers and is recognized by more jurisdictions than any other food safety program in the country. Food safety is a mindset and this certification is the means to ensure your operation does the right thing- protecting your customers and your business.

Participants must pre-register before Dec. 30, 2019. No walk-ins are allowed. For more information call 607.746.4545 or email outreach@delhi.edu.
5 Hour Pre-Licensing Driver Classes

2020 classes have been scheduled at SUNY Delhi for the New York State approved 5-hour pre-licensing course for drivers to learn the rules of the road and safe driving principles.

Classes will be held:

Saturday, January 11th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 1st, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, March 9th, and 10th, from 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5th and 6th, from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Cost is $35 per person

Details about the location provided upon required registration with Office of Outreach & Workforce Development by calling 607.746.4545 or email outreach@delhi.edu

EMS Training January 25th at
Oneonta CDO Workforce

Open to the Public.

For more information, call Alan Sessions, 607-432-4800, Ext. 109
New Workshops at CDO Workforce

We've added three new workshops to our calendar!

Transferrable Skills: Participants will learn the value of and how to identify their transferrable skills and how it relates to their job search process.

Civil Service: Participants will learn how to locate job openings and listings for State, County and Federal employment.

Experienced Worker: Have you been told you are “too experienced” or feel that chronological age is a barrier? This workshop will offer tips to highlight your skills and may increase your success in your job search.

And DYK we're always adding new recruitment events and opportunities to our calendar throughout the month?

Featured Job Opening
Job Location:
 197 Main St
Cooperstown, New York

 $40,000.00 Yearly

 Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vacation, Retirement/Pension

Hours per Week:

 Full Time, Regular

Work Days:
 Monday thru Friday

 First (Day)

Driver Licenses, Including Endorsements:
 Class D (Operator)

Competitive salary with excellent benefits, with a sign-on bonus opportunity. 

Normal work day hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. 

ICAN is an equal opportunity employer. 

Integrated Community Alternatives Network (ICAN) is looking to fill "Kids Otsego Service Coordinator" positions (2 positions currently available).

 Integrated Community Alternatives Network (ICAN), a Community-based WRAPAROUND provider of Social and Mental Health services with emphasis on treating the client in a family context, is currently seeking innovative and experienced applicants to fill multiple Kids Otsego Service Coordinator positions in the Kids Otsego program. 
Description: The Kids Otsego Service Coordinator oversees all activities related to the development and implementation of individualized service plans in a preventive context and promotes the philosophy and missions of the company. 

Duties & Responsibilities: 
• Conducts outreach to engage clients and assist families with an understanding of agency philosophy and policies. 
• Responsible to travel within the county and meet with clients within homes and schools. 
• Links clients and their families to appropriate resources and services in a timely and coordinated manner. 
• Assists the client and family with the development, implementation and monitoring of their individualized service plan of schedules meetings to review, revise and discuss such plans as required. 
• Schedules monthly team meetings with the family, service providers and any other individuals identified as a team member. 
• Acts as a liaison between client and family, agency personnel, DSS staff and other service providers as necessary and appropriate. 
• Provides advocacy for the development of services and resources that do not currently exist within the community but are deemed necessary. 
• Identifies and utilizes both formal and informal community supports and networks. 
• Completes all required documentation in a comprehensive and timely manner as required by DSS and KO regulations including mandatory face-to-face contacts. 
• Attends agency in-services, workshops and seminars as required. 
• Attends family court as necessary. 
• Bachelor's degree (B. A.) in human services or mental health field from four-year college or university. 
• At least two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Interested applicants are invited to submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of professional references at our ICAN Career Center at https://ican.family/join-our-team/ or via email to hr@ican.family
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.

Capital Region Gives: Special Olympics NY launches workforce development program in Albany

People with disabilities can now set some financial goals thanks to this game-changer

How hiring disabled employees reduced turnover at my company

ADA & Disclosure Workshop

When: Tues., January 14th,
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 December Top Three Questions

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

1. The fifth anniversary of the ABLE Act is this month. Is there any hope that the age limit of eligibility for an ABLE account will be raised? My disability began after age 26, and I am a wounded warrior.
2. How has ABLE changed since the ABLE Act was passed into law?
3. Does the Social Security Administration accepted date of when my disability began (i.e., disability onset date) determine whether or not my disability started before the age of 26 and whether or not I can open an ABLE account?

Get the answers and more in the ABLE December 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.

Next Session: Employment First and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Tuesday, January 21st at 2:00pm

We've Updated Our Disability-Related Resources!

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

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
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Announces $20 Million In Child Care Funding To Expand Subsidized Child Care In 17 Localities

"No family should have to choose between working or having quality child care and no employer should lose workforce productivity due to a lack of affordable child care," Governor Cuomo said. "Investing in child care subsidies helps low-income families access regulated child care so they can go to their jobs knowing that their children are well cared for. Child care is as essential to our state's economy as it is to parents' peace of mind." 

The 9 habits of highly
employable people


I've received hundreds of entry-level resumes. Here's what it takes to get my attention.


Do these 4 things when you find yourself in the middle of a difficult interview

Stories of Success Inspire Young Adults

"If you’re in your first job search, or trying to figure out your direction in life, it can be tough to move ahead with confidence. Seeing success stories of people who have grappled with barriers, or managed to land their first job, can provide a source of inspiration and encouragement."

Career Onestop New Online Tool:
Employment Patterns

CareerOneStop’s newest online tool provides a snapshot of industry employment by occupation. 

New Campaign Aims to Reshape the Public's Perception of Manufacturing

The National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce and education partner of the NAM, are on a mission to reshape the public’s perception of manufacturing.

Sidney Hospital Holds Ribbon-Cutting On New 'Farmacy' Program

A.O. Fox Hospital as part of Bassett Healthcare Network, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tri-Town campus location to open its new Food “Farmacy” program.

Bassett Healthcare Network says that under this program, patients can receive emergency food, education, and navigation services.

REDC 2019 Awards

Salary History Ban - What You Need to Know

Effective January 6, 2020, Labor Law Section 194-a prohibits an employer from, either orally or in writing, personally or through an agent (directly or indirectly), asking any information concerning an applicant’s salary history information. 

Raymond Receives Award of Excellence at Toyota Industries Global Quality Control Circle Convention in Japan

The Raymond Corporation received an award of excellence at the 5th annual Toyota Industries Global Quality Control (QC) Circle Convention in Aichi, Japan. On November 12, 2019, Toyota Industries Corporation presented Raymond’s QC Circle, named Final Destination, with the Award of Excellence, the highest distinction, for its innovations around its QC Circle activity.


For the first time, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released county-level Gross Domestic Product (GDP) estimates from 2001 to 2018.

GDP is the value of final goods and services produced by the county's economy within a given year—and provides insight into the vibrance of each county economy.

Community Events & Opportunities
Cancer Screening at CDO Workforce
Oneonta Center

The Cancer Services Program of the Central Region will be at the Oneonta Workforce Center, 12 Dietz St., on January 8th and January 22nd from 1:30pm to 3:30pm to meet with customers. Walk-ins are welcome. 

The Cancer Services Program offers breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured men and women. 

There are no income guidelines to be eligible for screenings through this program.

The program primarily focuses on women between the ages of 40-64 and men between the ages of 50-64. However, if you are not in that age bracket and have a family history or signs of their covered cancers, you can call the Cancer Services program at 1-888-345-0225. 

They also provide enrollment to the Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program, an insurance program for both men and women diagnosed with breast, cervical, colorectal, or prostate cancer.

Not able to stop in? Call 1-888-345-0225 for your FREE appointment!
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 /   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
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 2020, businesses can earn tax credits of up to $7,500 for eligible youth starting work between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.  
Businesses in Chenango, Delaware or Otsego County who would like to participate in this program must apply before November 30, 2020.

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
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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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 January!
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