Chenango-Delaware-Otsego County Workforce

February 2018
In This Issue
Quick Links
CDOWorkforce website
CDO Workshops

Visit our online calendar to see our upcoming workshops!

February Holiday

Presidents' Day - Monday, February 19th.

All CDO Workforce offices will be closed on Presidents' Day.
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 & Staff News
Heather Schaap, BEAM Outreach Coordinator, 
Earns Master's Degree

T he BEAM program is proud to announce  that their Chenango County Outreach Coordinator, Heather Schaap, has earned her Master's Degree in Science in Human Services, with a concentration in Organizational and Social Services from Kaplan University

She graduated in December with honors, after carrying a 4.0 GPA throughout.
Congratulations, Heather!!

Photo courtesy:
Heather Schaap



Success Story: BEAM Students make Dean's List

Students enrolled in the  BEAM ( Bridge to Employment and Academic Marketplace) program made the Dean's List for the Fall semester at Morrisville State College -  Norwich Campus.
Eric Foster, GPA: 3.53
Kori Gage, GPA: 3.25
Chasity Viele, GPA: 3.38

Congratulations, Students!!


AAI Updates

Incentive Deadline is Approaching

If you have an apprenticeship program, time is running out to take advantage of a major incentive from New York State.

Applications are being accepted through March 30, 2018, for The New York State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant, which can offer up to $5,000 per apprentice for training and/or associated costs.

AAI has a newsletter! 

If you would like to  receive the 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!

The American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) is building a
new sustainable regional pipeline specific to advanced manufacturing, including nanotechnology, cybersecurity and unmanned vehicle systems.  

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 see how we can help!

Norwich CDO Workforce Youth Program holds Work Ethic Training

The  Norwich CDO Workforce Youth Program recently
held another  "Bring Your A-Game to Work," work ethics training. 

The training was held on January 9th & 12th. 

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 

The Bridge to Employment and Academic Marketplace (BEAM) Program is looking for you!

Are you:

19 years of age or older? 

Do you live within 
Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Broome, Tioga or Tompkins Counties?  

Have you  tried attending college or training, but found it just wasn't a good fit?  

Do you want help navigating through the  admissions, financial aid and academic maze?  

Enroll today and you may be selected to receive:
  • Labor Market Information
  • Orientation to college support staff and academic counseling
  • Training opportunities
  • Job site tours, shadowing, customized to your interests & planned career paths
  • Advocacy and career coaching
  • Career assessment tools
Call 607-432-4800 x 109 or email: for more information about enrolling in the BEAM Program.


CDO Workforce News
The CDO Workforce Local Plan is available for Public Comment

The  Chenango-Delaware-Otsego (CDO) Workforce Local Plan , July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2021, is  posted on our website and  available for public comment .  

To access the plan and related documentation, click here 

T o make a comment, please  click here.

Have you checked out the new CDO Workforce Website?

Our new  website is chock-full of  great resources for  job seekers and  businesses

We even have a blog to announce  breaking CDO news job fairs job opportunities training workshops and  other events in or near  Chenango, Delaware & Otsego counties .

Please be sure to check out our new site-- and let customers know about this great resource! 

We are trying to beef up our Social Media presence!

Please Follow Us and  Ask Your Friends to  follow us on Twitter:


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Please share it with them--and let them know they can subscribe to have it sent right to their inbox every month!

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

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Community Events
Save the Date! 2018 Living Healthier Expo at The Foothills

The Otsego County Department of Health is hosting the 2018 Living Healthier Expo at The Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta on April 6-7

Through the generous support of Leatherstocking Collaborative Health Partners, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, and NYCM Insurance, the Department will bring together area resources and experts to provide our community with the knowledge to live healthier, live better, and live longer.

Topics will include: Rabies awareness, Lyme disease prevention, chronic disease management and prevention, mental health awareness, and resources for chronic pain control and substance abuse.

"Join us to celebrate National Public Health Week."

There will be vendors offering information, free training, and free giveaways. Come out to win one of the several bicycles that will be given away courtesy of NYCM Insurance.

The auditorium will feature area experts presenting topics that directly impact your health and safety.

The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive. Please contact the Otsego County Department of Health to schedule your appointment to save a life/donate.

For more information or to become a sponsor of this event, please visit the event website:, email Laura Bryant at or call 607-547-4230.

To view the flyer, click here.
For more information, click here.

2018 Canstruction coming in April!

Canstruction is a trademark charity event --
"It starts with one can.
To feed the hungry.
To lift the spirit.
To change the world.
Canstruction is committed to ending hunger by using "one can" as a catalyst for change."

How Canstruction works:
Individuals and/or teams develop a design and buy cans of food to create it (which are donated to local food pantries after the event).


Saturday & Sunday, April 7 & 8th
Canstruction structures are constructed.

Monday thru Saturday, April 9 to 14th
Canstruction on display at Southside Mall.

Sunday, April 15th - Destruct structures and sort cans by type of food.

Monday, April 16th - Hunger Coalition of Otsego County coordinates distribution of THOUSANDS of food cans to representatives from Food Pantries in the county.

"Canstruction is a lot fun! Join us so that together, "one CAN" at a time we can make a difference!"

For more information and to register your Canstruction idea, contact
Linda Drake, Executive Director, Center for Social Responsibility and Community at 607-436-2633 or email:

Go to for ideas for YOUR Canstruction creation!

To view/download the flyer, click here.

Happy February!
AAI Position Opening

American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) Outreach & Case Management position available!

Skills Needed:
-Ability to work independently and meet goals/ deadlines
- Well Organized
-Excellent communication skills with co-workers and customers
-Computer Skills

· This person will build and cultivate working relationships with l ocal schools, community agencies, parents, teacher and employers.
· Must be able to maintain meticulous records.
· This person will monitor curriculum and meet monthly with all participants in the program.
· Responsible for working closely with employers to create paid/unpaid internships over the summer and with the county summer youth programmers to ensure eligibility for youth.
· Will need to work with the Working Solutions Center (an American Job Center) to i dentify adult participants for the program and meet with those participants regularly.

This is a two year grant opportunity, full time with benefits. Salary is $30,000 annually.

Send resumes and references to:

No phone calls please.

To download the job notice, click here.
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NYATEP 2018 State of the State Summary 

NYATEP says this is a Good Year for 
Workforce Development

NYATEP (New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals)  has provided an overview of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2018 State of the State. 

"FINALLY, we do not just have good news this year, we have great news," says NYATEP

"This is a good year for workforce development. The workforce field got a number of wins that we have been advocating for over the past five years - that will need our collective feedback and support over the next few months."

NYATEP proactively worked behind the scenes  throughout the spring and summer with key stakeholders and the Governor's office to influence the workforce initiatives presented as part of the Governor's State of the State proposals.

"This, combined with the efforts of our countless members and partners out in the field every day, talking to their legislators about what works - is what made the difference this year."  ...

"We have a win, now we need to advocate."

To read NYATEP's State of the State summary, click here
T o read or download the full 2018 State of the State book, click here
To read NYATEP's formal position, 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, Recruitment, Scholarships & Learning 
Are you Interested in a Career in Manufacturing?

Sidney CDO Workforce is offering a FREE Manufacturing Basics Class!

This  five-day Manufacturing Basics class will be taught by  Broome Community College.

Where: Sidney CDO Workforce, 21 Liberty Street, Sidney, NY
When: February 5th - February 9th
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Learn blueprint reading, shop math, measuring devices, hand tool usage, quality overview, communication skills and technical writing skills.

Meet with area manufacturers at the completion of the class.

For more information or to sign-up, please call Maggie Gilbert at 607-832-5776.

To download the flyer, click here

Learn Something New!  

The DCMO BOCES 2018 Adult Leisure Education Course Catalog is

Although many of these courses are purely leisure, there are several that are geared toward the professional learner looking to build their resume. ( Computer, Marketing and Welding!

Chenango Campus - Norwich
Harrold Campus - Sidney Center
SIdney Memorial Library

To view/download the catalog, click here.

Did you know that DCMO BOCES offers health careers training?

The Health Occupations program at DCMO BOCES will be holding an
Orientation Week from Tuesday, February 20th through Friday, February 23rd.  

During Orientation Week, people i nterested in learning more about the health occupation courses can visit the classrooms, meet with health occupations staff and benefit from a face to face orientation meeting.  

Appointments are available from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  

To schedule an appointment call our Health Occupations Coordinator Heather Montgomery, RN, BSN at 607-335-1439 or email:

Programs start in February! 

To find out more, click here

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.

DCMO BOCES can help!

Classes will be given throughout the Spring, 2018 , at the Chenango Campus in Norwich, NY , and at the Harold Campus in Sidney Center , NY .


Registrations may be taken via phone using VISA or Master Card by calling:
(607) 335-1210.

Checks or Money Orders may be mailed to:
((Please call to make sure the class is available before sending payment.))
6678 County Road 32
Norwich, NY 13815

Class size is limited.
Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment.
Please refer to refund policy on the DCMO BOCES Website.
If you are late to the classes, you will not be admitted.
Class dates are subject to change.

To view the schedule and/or download the registration form, click 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:

DCMO BOCES is offering Security Guard Training at 3 levels
  • 8-hr. Pre-Employment Security Guard Training
  • 16-hr. Security Guard Training (prerequisite is the 8-hr. Pre-employment)
  • 8-hr. Annual Update for Security Guards
The first class is scheduled for Sat., Feb. 24th, from 8:00 am-4:00 pm at the Chenango Campus, in Norwich. The cost is $60.00.
This is a great training for a person seeking entry level employment as a Security Guard. 
This class requires a minimum enrollment and class may be cancelled if that number is not met

For more information, click here.

Notary Public Exam Preparation Workshop

When: Tues., March 20th at 9:00 AM

15 S Broad St., Norwich, NY

This workshop will prepare you for the NYS exam and provides a comprehensive view of the Notary Public office

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

$75. - Chamber members
$100. - Non-Members/ General Public  
( Cost does not include NYS notary exam fee.

For more information and/or to register:  call 607-334-1429 or e-mail:


U.S Care Systems Recruitment

Personal Care Aides (PCA) wanted - Free Training Offered! 

Bring  two forms of ID and  Information for completing an application to:
US Care, 296 Chestnut St., Oneonta NY 13820, 
or call 607-432-9355.

If you are compassionate, dependable, and interested in making a difference in the lives of others, consider joining our team. 

Personal Care Aides are needed for  full-time & part-time positions. Job openings are  available in  Chenango, Delaware, & Otsego areas.

PCA Duties: To provide assistance with personal hygiene, dressing, eating, meal preparation and nutritional support. Performs light household tasks in order to maintain client's health and safety in their residence.

Requirements for Personal Care Aide:  Pass physical exam, Immunization record, References - Pass Background Check & Drug Screen - high school diploma or equivalent. Reliable transportation to clients' residences is helpful.
Free Training dates: February 5 - 8 and 12 - 14, 8am to 4pm in Oneonta.

To download the flyer, click here

Stafkings Healthcare Systems Recruitment 

When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Where: CDO Workforce 1 O'Hara Dr. Norwich

Bring a resume and be prepared to complete an application.
Reservations preferred.  Walk-ins are welcome
Open Positions:
PCAs and HHAs 
Positions are throughout Chenango County.  Employees will enjoy flexible schedules, benefits, referral bonuses, and bi-monthly incentives.  Come see us and become a part of our growing team.

Call (607) 334-2201 ext. 127 for more information regarding the specific position requirements and to schedule an interview time.

To download the flyer, click here

Free Manufacturing Basics Program will be offered in March! 

SUNY Broome Community College is offering a free Manufacturing Basics Training program, funded by a NYS Department of Labor grant, to be held at the Otsego Chamber of Commerce, Oneonta, NY.

This training program is two weeks long and begins March 5th - 16th

The training components cover a number of areas identified by local companies as a "plus" to being hired by their companies. 

Successful completion of this two week program guarantees set-aside interview time with manufacturing companies at a job fair following the training

If you are interested in participating in this training please contact Tylena at (607) 334-2201, ext. 128 at the Norwich CDO Workforce NY Center or Deb Barton at (607) 432-4800, ext. 115 at the Oneonta CDO Workforce NY Center.

To view/download the flyer, click here.

Next Month's Issue:
Do you have something you'd like to share? Something for the calendar? An announcement, community news, program news, staff news, success story or personal achievement? Photos are always welcome! Please email Jodi Delapaz, Communications Coordinator, at
CDO Workforce Career Center| (607) 432-4800  |
 12 Dietz Street   Oneonta, NY 13820