Chenango-Delaware-Otsego County Workforce

December 2018
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CDO Workforce Holiday Schedule

All CDO Workforce offices will be closed on Christmas, Tuesday, December 25, 2018.

All CDO Workforce offices will be closed on New Year's Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2019

About CDO Workforce

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  employers 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

CDO Workforce Workshops

CDO Workforce Offers FREE Workshops Every Month!

Assistance with creating your unemployment GOV ID, creating an email account, completing online applications and any other online assistance needed for your job search.

Learn about different resume styles with an emphasis on what works and what doesn't work. Learn what employers look for in a resume. This workshop will give you the tools to fine tune your current resume or create a new one.

LinkedIn is the largest professional networking site available today. See how it can help you reinvent your job search. You will walk away with a basic understanding of how LinkedIn works, along with how to make an all-star rated profile to expand your network and connect you to employers.

Assist with answering those difficult questions, etiquette, body language and follow up; set up mock interviews for individualized attention.

Must have a disclosed "Conviction" to attend. 
This workshop focuses on:
  1. Your rights as a job seeker in New York State
  2. How convictions can affect employment
  3. How to prepare for answering questions about your record
  4. Job search strategies that work for you
  5. Work for Success Initiative
  6. Work Opportunity Tax Credit
  7. Federal Bond Program
Resources, guides, and support to the Veteran population from a trained and knowledgeable Veteran Counselor.

* COMPUTER BASICS, NAVIGATION, AND TYPING-A basic introduction to the computer needed for a job search: turn it on, mouse use, saving, desktop, basic navigation buttons, shutting down, typing practice. Some lecture and a lot of practice with instructor coaching.
* MS WORD-Basics of creating and saving a written document, such as a resume. Bold, underline, tab, bullet, typing & spell check. We will be working on your personal resume as practice. Some lecture and a lot of practice with instructor coaching.
* GMAIL-Set up a Gmail account. Learn the basics of opening mail, composing an email with attachment & sending it, replying and forwarding emails, and organizing your mailbox. Some lecture and a lot of practice with instructor coaching.
* SEARCH AND APPLY ONLINE-Registering with Indeed, uploading a resume, looking for a job, and step-by-step practice applying online. Some lecture and a lot of practice with instructor coaching.

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.

Are you interested in Civil Service but confused by the process? Learn how to locate job openings and listings for local cities, counties, and NYS. Receive test-taking tips and advice on preparing for an exam, review sample exam questions, obtain applications, fee waivers and cross-filer forms as well as 55a/b/c information.

Are you prepared? Receive information on how to prepare for an upcoming job fair.

Visit our online calendar to find out more about these and other valuable workshops and how to register!

NYS Tax Credits Available for  Eligible Businesses 
The New York Youth Jobs Program, formerly called New York Youth Works, 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 2018, businesses can earn tax credits of up to $7,500 for eligible youth starting work between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018
Businesses in Chenango, Delaware or Otsego County who would like to participate in this program must apply before November 30, 2018.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact:
Chenango County: Tylena Daniels, 
697-334-2201 x 128, email:

Delaware County: Maggie Gilbert,
607-832-6075, email: 

Otsego County: Penny Seeger,
607-432-4800 x 111, email:
Emerging Worker Committee
Do you Work with Youth?

If you work with Youth, you might be interested in becoming involved with our committee.

Under the direction of
CDO's Workforce Development Board, the
Emerging Worker Committee provides on-going leadership and support for continuous quality improvement for  local youth programs

We assist with planning, operational and other issues related to youth

We recommend ways to leverage resources and coordinate services

If you would like to serve on this committee, we meet quarterly in Oneonta.  

Email or call Maggie Gilbert

CDO Workforce Program & Partner News

CDO Workforce Gets Into the Thanksgiving Spirit
Sarah Lopez, Oneonta CDO Workforce LSR. 

CDO Workforce Youth Counselor Dan Goldman
at the Commerce Chenango College & Career Fair

CDO Workforce took part in the Commerce Chenango College and Career Fair held at SUNY Morrisville on November 8, 2018

CDO Workforce was represented by Employment Counselors, Jerry Kreiner and Dan Goldman

Commerce Chenango posted a video of Dan Goldman explaining CDO Workforce's services and programs

CDO Workforce was visited by several job seekers and had several walk-in customers come to CDO Workforce in the days following the job fair to register with CDO Workforce!

Check out CDO Workforce Youth Counselor Dan Goldman's interview at the College and Community Job Fair:


CDO Workforce Success Story

" We have a success story to share regarding a 24-year-old young lady, married with 2 young children.  

Her family was receiving TANF.  To qualify for TANF benefits clients must complete work requirements and attend regular meetings with their Employment and Training Counselor.  

She developed a resume utilizing knowledge and resources offered through the CDO Workforce office.  She attended weekly work search workshops where she received counseling and coaching with applying for positions.  

Other topics covered in the weekly workshops included interviewing skills, soft skills, personal finance, budgeting, and networking among other topics.  

She was placed at partner agency to complete a Work Experience Placement (WEP) program.  WEPs allow clients to gain "real world" experience in real work environments. It allows clients to gain skills that employers would find valuable and provides opportunities for clients to experience and practice managing work-life balance. Supportive services in the form of bus passes or mileage reimbursement were utilized so she could get to the workshops and her WEP assignment.

By working hard and staying positive she found full time employment at a local business through a local staffing agency, Employment Solutions.  She is now working 40 hours a week with an opportunity for over time.  

Skills she learned from her WEP and the workshops have made her transition into the "real world" of work more enjoyable, less stressful and a valued employee."

Submitted by: Jerry Kreiner, Employment & Training Counselor, CDO Workforce Center, Norwich


New Social Security Entitlement Workshops at CDO
By: Alan Sessions and Kathy DeAngelo
       Disability Resource Coordinators
On October 9, 2018, CDO Workforce hosted a series of Social Security Entitlement Workshops presented by the NYS Office of Mental Health. The event was well attended with over 25 participants, including local residents and employees from human services agencies. Topics included PASS Plans, Medicaid coverage, and SSA Forms and Resources. Most attendees stayed for all 3 presentations.
Kate Hewlett, a Peer Engagement Specialist from Otsego County Community Services, introduced the project to CDO and attended all of the sessions. She provided the following feedback:
"I am very excited about the collaboration between OMH and CDO Workforce in hosting ongoing workshops about Social Security Entitlement Programs.  It is important that folks receiving these benefits know the different incentives and are not fearful or skeptical to go back to work. I was told for many years, by many uneducated folks, that I would lose my SSDI benefits by returning to work, even part time. That is so NOT true and one of the biggest myths out there. If someone wants to get a job, any job of their choice, and wants to get the most out of their time receiving SSA benefits, then these workshops are for them. I look forward to working with Garrett Smith and his team, to offer more exciting, interactive SSA benefit workshops in 2019.  
The participants (who came from 4 different counties!) were very engaged throughout the 3 different workshops and asked many, well thought out questions and comments. The 3 presenters brought all of their wisdom, knowledge, and experience on these topics, which made the workshops, fun, exciting, and very fast paced. While these workshops are open to the general public, it is my greatest hope that our wonderful community agencies can provide accurate information to encourage beneficiaries to learn more. Inspired people can be empowered to make informed decisions that support their overall wellness and employment-seeking goals, resulting in a life of their choosing.  Social Security benefits are a wonderful financial support, when needed, and these Work Incentives and supports are an empowering way to transition back to the workforce and off of public benefits."
Due to the positive feedback, we plan to present these workshops on a bi-monthly basis in 2019. 

The next Workshop Series is scheduled for Friday, January 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Oneonta CDO Workforce Office. The following flyer has specific details and times. All workshops are free of charge and you can attend 1, 2 or all 3!  

To view or download the flyer, click here



Please Join Us in Congratulating
Business Services Representative - Debbie Bender!

Debbie Bender was promoted in November to Business Services Representative for the NYS Department of Labor

She will work out of the Oneonta Center, but will be traveling to all three CDO counties on a regular basis to provide DOL business services

Debbie has 20 years of experience with the NYSDOL

She  has worked in Unemployment Insurance, Adjudications, and the last 3 years she has worked as a Labor Services Rep in the Oneonta Center

Please congratulate Debbie on her promotion, and if you are a business in the CDO area please contact Debbie at for all your business service needs!

Debbie can be contacted by e-mail at

Photo courtesy Alan Sessions

Are you a worker with disabilities who is finding it difficult with finding work in your career field? Find resources and information to support your successful employment at the Career One Stop website.

Whether your disability is visible or not, or a recent change or a long-term condition, your participation in the workforce is in demand.

Did you know that the Career One Stop website has information and resources to move your job search and career forward?

Visit the Career One Stop website to find out about:
  • Defining disability and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Gain skills
  • Job search
  • Interviews
  • Disclosing a disability
  • Job accommodations
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
If you need individualized assistance or local labor market information, your nearest CDO Workforce Center can help!

CDO Workforce Disability Employment Resources
  • Are you a  job seeker with a disability interested in  training and a career in a  growing industry , such as  Healthcare, Manufacturing, or IT ?
  • Do you want to obtain the skills and credentials necessary to achieve living wage employment? 
  • Do you need assistance with paying for the training and credentials required to move up a career ladder? 
  • Can you benefit from on-going support and disability services resources including job placement, job retention, benefits counseling (Ticket to Work) and career guidance? 
Please contact your nearest CDO Workforce Center  for more information and assistance.
Disability Resource Coordinators (DRCs) are available for benefit counseling and additional services. 

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

To download our flyer, click here. 
To visit our webpage, click here.


AAI Grant Program - NEW INCENTIVE!!

Businesses: AAI Now Offers Up to $10,000 for On-the-Job Learning
And Has Increased Related Instruction to Up To $5,000!

If a mentor takes time out of his/her day to train an apprentice, we can reimburse your company the mentor's hourly wage for the time spent training - up to $10,000 for On-the-Job Learning.

Additionally, AAI can now offer up to $5,000 for the Related Instruction of an apprentice. Previously, the amount was $3,000.

To learn more about how you can take advantage of this new incentive, please email us.

Benefits of Apprenticeship:
  • Helps recruit & develop a highly skilled workforce
  • Improves productivity and the bottom line
  • Provides opportunities for tax credits & employee tuition benefits
  • Reduces turnover costs and increases employee retention
  • Creates industry driven and flexible training solutions to meet national & local needs
  • Allows workers to earn and learn at the same time
  • Up to $10,000 for On-the-Job Learning
  • We provide up to $5,000 per apprentice for related technical instruction
  • We provide up to $600 per apprentice for pre-apprenticeship training
The  American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) is building a  new sustainable regional pipelin e specific to  advanced manufacturing .

This program helps people who have an interest in becoming an apprentice and employers who have an apprenticeship program, or are interested in starting one, located in the following counties:  
Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins. 

Contact us to find out how we can help!

If you would like to  receive AAI's bi-monthly newsletter, please  email Jodi Delapaz , Communications Coordinator, and she will be happy to  add you to the list.

AAI also has a Facebook page where we are keeping up with important news about apprenticeships and apprentices, along with tips and opportunities.
Please 'like' our page to keep up with this hot news topic! 


CDO Youth Program

Youth Program  participants continue to receive valuable skills and credentials to help them become more marketable to employers.

To learn more about the CDO Workforce Youth Program, contact:

Norwich: Dan Goldman
Phone: 607-334-2201 x100

Delaware County: Jen Mitchell
Sidney Civic Center, Liberty Street 
Sidney, NY  13838

Otsego County: Penny Seeger 
Dietz Street, Oneonta, NY 13820
432-4800 ext 111 
Tips For Job Seekers
How To Build Real Relationships In The Virtual World

How can you can build strong, enduring relationships in your virtual networking? Read this article from to find out. 

Veterans Financial Tip of The Month

Did you know that CDO Workforce offers free Veterans Workshops every month? The workshop offers resources, guides, and support to the Veteran population from a trained and knowledgeable Veteran Counselor. To find out more about this workshop, click here
CDO Workforce Social Media Sharing
Did you know that we post the latest local job openings
on our Facebook page & Twitter feed?

We also share community and partner events and news-- and breaking workforce news...

Please "like" and "Follow" us - and share us with your friends!

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We've always got a lot of valuable information--like  community news and opportunities, training & funding opportunities, program updates & success stories and more! 

To Subscribe, go here:
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Community Events

Better Beginnings Parenting Classes

Toys for Tots Event


Effective Workplace Investigations Seminar 
Registration Deadline Friday, Nov. 30, 2018


Connecting Artists with  Young Audiences


Free Christmas Dinner
Smart Grid Training - Oneonta Job Corps

Deadline Extended Until Friday, Nov. 30th!!
Oneonta Job Corps Advanced Training 
Winter Cohort '19

Oneonta Job Corps is now accepting applications for Overhead Line, Underground Residential Distribution, & Smart Meter & Instrumentation Advanced Training Winter Cohort '19.

Questions? Contact the Program Coordinator:
Davelyn Whyte-Jhonson 607-431-1426
Oneonta Job Corps Academy
21 Homer Folks Ave.
Oneonta NY 13820

To learn more, see the schedule and/or download the application & Wellness form, click here.


Dr. King Statewide Food Drive
CDO Workforce Invites You to Participate in the
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Drive

In keeping with Dr. King's legacy, this year will mark the 17th anniversary of the community service initiative, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Drive

CDO Workforce will join other New York State Agencies and community-based organizations helping to collect food in this statewide drive.

We hope that you will join us in making a difference, because as Dr. King said, "No one's plate should be empty."

When: Ongoing until Feb. 14, 2018

Donations from the CDO Workforce Otsego and Delaware offices will be donated to the Oneonta Food Bank (located at the Presbyterian Church on Main St.). 

Items needed:
  1. Non-perishable food items (no glass jars).
  2. They also accept pet food.
Donations from the CDO Workforce Chenango office will be donated to Roots and Wings Food Pantry (Chenango County Catholic Charities).

Items needed: 
  1. Non-perishable foods (not expired)
  2. Boxed items, mac & cheese, instant potatoes, tuna, canned meats, soups, canned veggies, peanut butter and jelly, pasta (all kinds), canned sauce, cereal, etc.
  3. Bottled juice or juice boxes
  4. Baby food
  5. Baby / children / adult diapers
  6. Personal hygiene items - pads, deodorant, etc.
Donations are greatly needed and appreciated.

To learn more about this statewide event, click here
To find the CDO Workforce office nearest you, click here

Career Pathways Program

Spotlight on Workers with Disabilities

NYS DOL Workers with Disabilities Tax Credit Program

" We believe in the importance of disability inclusion in the workforce," says the New York State Department of Labor

"Our Workers with Disabilities Tax Credit incentivizes businesses to bring New Yorkers with developmental disabilities - an often underrepresented population - into the workplace."

The Workers with Disabilities Tax Credit (WDTC) program provides tax credits to for-profit businesses/organizations that hire individuals with developmental disabilities ( not  to be confused with WETC). 

To learn more about the Program, click here
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Article: Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities Aim High

"The more companies hire people with disabilities, with different types of diversity and disability, the more that trainers are people with disability, the more parents will say, 'Oh, well if they can do it them my child can do it."

To read the article, published by The Bulletin, click here

Free Webinar
"Access to Cultural Programs and the Arts: 
Serving Patrons with Disabilities"

When: Tuesday, December 11 from 2pm - 3:30pm EDT
Hosted by the Great Lakes ADA Center

Want to find out more about including customers with disabilities in cultural programming? This is the webinar for you! 

Speakers will address how cultural organizations can best include and welcome all visitors, including those who are blind or have low vision, are hard of hearing or deaf, have mobility disabilities, cognitive disabilities and sensory differences.

Register by Monday, December 10th. 
To register, click here


Join this Free Webinar to Get Information about
SSI/SSDI Benefits and Work Incentives

"NYS Partners in Policymaking happily invites All to join us for this informative Free Webinar! Get critical information about SSI/SSDI Benefits and Work Incenti ves from one of the country's leading specialists in the field!"

When: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM

To register for the Webinar, click here.  
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Free PCA Certification Class at US Care Systems

Free Virtual Training: Applying for Federal Civil Service Positions

Applying for Federal Civil Service Positions
FREE Online Training

Did you know that the federal government offers FREE ongoing virtual training to help you navigate the process of applying for federal civil service positions

Upcoming Training Opportunities
Dec. 3 - Writing Your Federal Resume
Dec. 5 - Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities
Dec. 5 - Interviewing
Dec. 10 - Navigating USAJOBS - Finding and Applying for Federal Jobs
Dec. 12 - Writing Your Federal Resume
Dec. 12 - Overview of the Federal Hiring Process
Dec. 17 - Interviewing

To learn more and to register for training, click here
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CDO Workforce has OJT Funds Available
Cost of Training Weighing your Business Down?
Use On-the-Job Training to Help Cover the Costs!

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 Services contact:  Tylena Daniels at (607)-334-2201 X 128  /  OR April Feyh at  (607)-832-5782  /
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Programs, Scholarships & Learning 

DCMO BOCES Adult Education  

DCMO BOCES Adult and Continuing Education programs provide Career and Technical Education training that supports workforce preparation suitable for Adult Learners

They offer 13 full-time courses ranging from Health Occupations to Welding! 

Contact them at 607-335-1210 for more information, or click here to view their course offerings.
Chenango Campus - Norwich
Harrold Campus - Sidney Center

To view/download their CDL Training flyer, click here.

The Adult Education Literacy programs at DCMO BOCES are for those 21 years of age and over. Students are assessed and offered the most appropriate program option to ensure success

Classes are offered year round, and they offer open enrollment. Free classroom instruction is offered during the day at the DCMO BOCES campus in Norwich and in the late afternoon/evening at CDO Workforce in downtown Norwich." 

Those students who qualify may also enroll in DCMO BOCES specialized Career and Technical Education (CTE) Training Programs at no cost

Visit the DCMO BOCES website at for a complete listing of CTE courses

They have recently expanded their Distance Learning Program for those students who are unable to attend regular classroom sessions. This free Home Study Program is an i ndividualized, packet-based program that is paced appropriately for each qualified student. This program is offered through both DCMO BOCES campuses (Norwich and Sidney Center) and the CDO Workforce location in Norwich

For more information, or to register, call (607)335-1210.

Any New York State resident, 19 years of age or older , who does not yet have a high school diploma or equivalent diploma can take the HSE (High School Equivalency) test .  

DCMO BOCES has opportunities for you to take the exam throughout 2018 .

Applications are due by the Friday before the scheduled exam date. Applications must be complete and signed and include a copy of the tester's state-issued photo ID (valid NYS driver's license)

For more more information and test dates, click here
Download the application here.

Bassett Healthcare Partnership for Nursing Opportunities Program     

The Partnership for Nursing Opportunities Program allows students to complete their associate degree in nursing through SUNY Delhi. Following completion of the first year at SUNY Delhi, the student may secure employment as a Patient Care Assistant 2. Upon completion of the second year, the student/employee will earn an Associate of Science in Nursing and will be eligible for licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse.

The Bassett - Hartwick College program is designed for Registered Professional Nurses interested in earning a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing degree while working. RNs will work 12-hour shifts each week at Bassett Healthcare and receive two days of on-site nursing instruction by Hartwick College faculty at Bassett. Following completion of two full calendar years, the Registered Nurse will earn a BS.

Full tuition support is provided to the eligible employee/student in either program with a payback commitment following program completion. Bassett is currently seeking candidates for entry into the SUNY Delhi and Hartwick College at Bassett Medical Center.

For more information, please contact:
Patricia Davis, RN
Project Coordinator for the Partnership for Nursing Opportunities Program
(607) 547-3166

For more information, please visit their website.

NYS Kinship Navigator Services  assists individuals who are caring for relatives or friends' children and need financial help, have legal questions, or have concerns about the care of the children

Contact Kinship Care at 607-454-6463 or visit

For more information, click here.

College Scholarship Program for Child Care Workers

The NYS Child Welfare Worker Incentive Scholarship Program grants awards for child welfare workers employed at voluntary not-for-profit child welfare agencies licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)

Recipients must agree to live in NYS and work at a voluntary not-for-profit child welfare agency licensed by OCFS for 5 years after graduation, and can use the award to get an associate's, bachelor's or graduate degree.

For more information, click here
Ed2Go:  Online courses are open to everyone!  

You don't have to be a student to enroll. 
No prerequisites required for most courses

For additional information, contact the Career & Business Development office at 607-746-4545 or register online: 

Full catalog can be found at:
Adult Education at ONC BOCES

Get Your HSE (GED) at

"Let ONC BOCES help you make positive changes in your life."
  • Free to those over 21
  • Study at home
  • Convenient Locations
  • Flexible hours
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Individual Instructiom
ONC BOCES also offers el ingles como segunda lengua -English as a Second Language classes!

To find out more, call 607-286-7715 or visit

To view/download the flyer, click here

ONC BOCES Class B CDL License Program
Do you want to learn to drive a
dump truck? Opportunities to
make money while driving a
truck are out there for those with
the right type of license. ONC BOCES can
help you get yours.

They have a qualified driving instructor available along with their own dump
truck so that you can get the practice hours you'll need to pass the road

You just need to go to the DMV, get your permit and then go to ONC BOCES
for the practical driving experience so that you will be ready and able to
take your road test. 

They'll even schedule the road test and have their  truck
available for you to use when you're ready.

Tuition for the driver training course is $1,250. Actual driving time is flexible
and will occur at a time mutually convenient for both the student and

For more information or to inquire about enrollment, please contact Kevin
Stevens at 607.286.7715 or through email at

To view/download the flyer, click here

Do you or does someone you know need to take the 5 Hour Pre-Licensing course to get a NY State Drivers License? 

ONC BOCES offers this course, which is a prerequisite to taking a road test and obtaining a driver's license

This class is for those who have not already taken a driver's education class. Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. The fee is $35 payable by cash or money order only. Checks and credit cards will NOT be accepted. You must bring your permit to the class in order to receive your certificate. 

Class will take place at 31 Center Street (the old Center Street School) in Oneonta, from 9AM to 2PM.
  • December 8th
For more information or to register (pre-registration is required) call

Free & Confidential Tutoring: Basic Reading, Writing & Math, English for Non-Native Speakers

Since 1974 Literacy Volunteers of Otsego and Delaware Counties (LVODC) has provided free and confidential help for adults who want to improve their reading, writing, math, and other basic literacy skills or wish to learn English as a second language

They match tutors with those who need basic reading and writing or language skills. Tutors and students meet at a public location and a time most convenient for them. All contact between the tutors, students and LVODC remains strictly confidential

If you would like to be tutored in one of their subject areas, or if you know an adult who would like weekly tutoring, contact Eva Davidson, Program Coordinator, at, or call her at (607) 287-0036. Visit the website at

Job Corps Will Be At Norwich CDO Workforce

Job Corps will be at Norwich CDO Workforce to meet with interested youth. 

When: Ongoing, Mondays and Tuesdays, from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM 

Where: 1 O'Hara Drive, Norwich, NY 

Job Corps offers an assortment of advanced training opportunities, and continues to offer High School Diploma, High School Equivalency and Driver's Education. There are immediate openings for young men and women, ages 16-24 years oldThis program can be the opportunity for many students who desire education but may not have the means to reach those goals.

To lean more about Job Corps or to view/download the flyer, click here

Available at Oneonta Job Corps:
  • Automotive Collision Repair & Refinish*
  • Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair*
  • Cement Masonry***
  • Certified Nurse Assistant*
  • Clinical Medical Assistant**
  • Electrical*
  • Facilities Maintenance*
  • Medical Administrative Assistant*
  • Tile Setting*
  • Advanced Training
  • Advanced Electrical*
  • Distribution Technician*
  • Electrical Overhead Line Construction**
  • Electrical Smart Meter & Instrumentation Technician**
  • Underground Residential *
Contac t Oneonta  Job Corps for more information.
21 Homer Folks Avenue
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 431-1446 or
(607) 431-1443
Southern Tier REDC 2018 Progress Report

Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (REDC)
2018 Progress Report

"Together, the Southern Tier is Soaring. 

"In 2018, the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council built upon past successes and continued to turn the economic tide that threatened our region for decades." ...

"Instead of blighted downtowns, we now see vibrant urban centers blossoming." ...

"This report not only describes our progress during the past seven years, but tells the stories behind the data. With our strategy highlights, you will see that each project has a meaningful impact in the lives of Southern Tier residents."

--REDC Co-chairs Binghamton University President Harvey G. Stenger and Corning Enterprises President G. Thomas Tranter Jr.

To view the report, click here
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New Compliance Assistance Tools for New & Small Businesses

DOL Announces New Compliance Assistance Tools
for New and Small Businesses 

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the launch of the   New and Small Business Assistance and the Compliance Assistance Toolkits  webpages

DOL says these new online tools assist American small businesses and workers with simple, straightforward resources that provide critical Wage and Hour Division (WHD) information, as well as links to other resources.

The webpages were established in response to feedback received from new and small business stakeholders voicing their need for a centralized location to secure the tools and information they need to comply with federal labor laws

These new webpages provide the most relevant publications and answer the questions most frequently asked by new and small business owners. These tools, in conjunction with and, ensure greater understanding of federal requirements and provide tools to help employers find resources offered by other regulatory agencies.

"The Wage and Hour Division has long understood that the majority of employers want to do the right thing and comply with the law, but they need to know how," said the Wage and Hour Division's Acting Administrator Bryan Jarrett. "These new webpages demonstrate our ongoing commitment to proactively help employers comply with the law and provide them the tools they need to understand their responsibilities. We encourage all employers to visit these new webpages and reach out to us for assistance at any time."

I n addition to these new resources, WHD recently made available compliance assistance videos that provide brief, plain-language explanations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) requirements and protections. The videos provide essential information employers need to understand their obligations under the law.

T o find out more, click here
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New Farmers Grant
New Farmers Grant Accepting Applications
From Early-Stage Farmers

Empire State Development (ESD) and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets have announced that $1 million in funding is available to assist early-stage farmers through the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund. 

The program, now in its fifth year, promotes growth and development in the state's agriculture industry

"Agriculture is vital to New York State's economy, and the New Farmers Grant Fund supports our early stage farmers by promoting projects that increase overall farm profitability and ensure sustainability of farming operations," says ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky.

The $1 million New Farmers Grant Fund will provide grants of up to $50,000 to assist with up to 50 percent of eligible project costs. 

To qualify, all farm business owners must be within the first ten years of having an ownership interest in any farm business, and the farm must have a minimum of $10,000 in income from sales of products grown or raised on the farm. 

Eligible project costs include the purchase of machinery, equipment, supplies, and the construction or improvement of agricultural structures.

Applications and guidelines for the New Farmers Grant Fund are available online. The deadline for submission is January 25, 2019. 

To learn more about the New Farmers Grant, click here

To further support the State's new and beginning farmers, the Department of Agriculture & Markets launched a New and Beginning Farmer One Stop Shop in 2017. The web-based resource helps new and beginning farmers connect to the resources and services that can help their businesses thrive. Information can be found online here.

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