February 2021
News & Opportunities
Workforce News - Funding - Virtual Workshops and Events - And More!
Who We Are
The  Chenango-Delaware-Otsego Workforce is the agency to link businesses 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.
CDO Workforce Virtual Services and In-Person Services by Appointment
"We're Here For You."

Click the county that you reside in to learn more and request services:

Presidents' Day is
Monday, February 15th

All CDO Workforce offices will be closed on February 15th.
Workforce Events & Opportunities
Leadership for Supervisors Class

Join CDO Workforce for a Supervisory Training Class!
When: February 8th, 10th, 15th and 17th
Time: 8:30 am -10:30 am
Where: Zoom-Virtual-link will be shared once signed up for class
Trainer: DH Sheldon Associates

Don Sheldon has global experience helping companies achieve world-class performance. His teaching style is hands-on and down to earth.

Course Description
This 8-hour course is designed to be delivered in 4 segments of 2 hours each. The course gives the attendees an advanced foundation of management skill learning. The course engages the attendees in analyzing and using thought leadership and application of these ideas within company applications. Several actual company examples will be used to help in the attendees better understand the approach and attention required for good supervisory skills. The students will be provided with copies the slides used in the class.

Call or email Maggie Gilbert at 607 832-5781 maggie.gilbert@co.delaware.ny.us for more information.

All attendees must be actively enrolled with CDO Workforce
In-Person Tech Class
Microsoft Word Part 1

Register now! Spots are limited.
Call 607-563-1200 to register.

Class will take place at the Sidney Memorial Public Library. Sanitizer and masks mandatory.
Apprenticeship Opportunities

Have you ever thought about becoming an apprentice? Or are you a business thinking about starting an apprenticeship program?

The Workforce Development Board currently has three apprenticeship grants that can help!

The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations grant helps women enter apprenticeships in the high growth information technology sector while helping local employers recruit, develop, and retain a highly skilled workforce. This program is available in Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga, Fulton, Montgomery & Schoharie counties.

The American Apprenticeship Initiative grant helps high school and college students, disconnected youth, unemployed adults, minorities and veterans prepare for and secure apprenticeship opportunities. AAI also helps companies registered in the apprenticeship program recruit, train, retain and develop a diverse workforce of skilled employees. In Central New York, AAI is building a new sustainable regional pipeline specific to advanced manufacturing. This program is available to residents and businesses located in the following New York counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins.

The NY College Apprenticeship
Network (NYCAN) grant will be working with SUNY to provide companies and apprentices an opportunity to receive funding, which will provide case management and supportive services through the help of your local Workforce Development Boards across the state. It allows the HMO WDB to provide employers with 50 or less employees OJT (On the Job Training) with a 50% salary reimbursement at $25/hr for a maximum of 6 months. We will be working closely with MVCC, MACNY, and the SUNY system to provide the training necessary to help push this initiative state wide.

To learn more about these grants and incentives and opportunities, Contact our Workforce Development Board Executive Director Alice Savino: asavino@working-solutions.org
Opioid/ National Dislocated
Worker Grant

>Do you, a friend, or any member of your family have a history of opioid use?
>Are you out of work and want to explore new training opportunities?
>Do you need help getting back into the workforce?
>Do you want to give back to your community?

You may be eligible for support services and/or training!

Must reside in Herkimer county, Madison county, Oneida county or Otsego County.

Contact Project Director Veronica Miller to find out how we can help!
Phone: 315-798-5537
Spotlight on Workers with Disabilities
This free, comprehensive toolkit helps job seekers with a disabilities along their career path, and the families and communities that support them.

Your Dream Your Team - Transition Resources

Have you seen our extensive list of Transition Resources on YourTeamYourDream?

“What do all youth need to make a successful transition to adulthood?”

We've Added New Disability-Related Resources to Our Website!

For Businesses

  • What Employers Should Know About Learning Disabilities Info Sheet
  • Job Accommodation Network (JAN) JAN A to Z listings by disability, topic, and limitation
  • Building Community Bridges Tool Kit - Working with Businesses to Recover

For Job Seekers

  • Tools for Life: Researching and locating new apps can be an overwhelming task. The Tools for Life AppFinder database helps make your app search much easier. The Tools for Life AppFinder has hundreds of apps for living, learning, working and playing.
  • Self-Advocacy in the Workplace: Requesting Job Accommodations
  • Job Accommodation Network (JAN) JAN A to Z listings by disability, topic, and limitation 


Have more questions about ABLE Accounts?
CDO Workforce can help!

ABLE accounts are a tax-advantaged savings account for individuals with disabilities.

Contact Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC) Alan Sessions at cdoworkforce@gmail.com or
DRC Kathy DeAngelo at deangelok@otsegocounty.com
Accessible COVID Resources

The Georgia Tech Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI) is adapting COVID-19 materials into accessible formats for people with disabilities. The project has created a microsite to house all of the materials which has now gone live. On the microsite, you can request embossed braille, download accessible Word Documents and PDFs, and register for upcoming webinars related to COVID-19 and people with disabilities.

Trial Work Period
Work Incentive

From the Social Security Administration: "Have you heard this myth?"

"If my benefit payments stop because I started making money through work, and then I have to stop working because of my disability, I will have to reapply for benefits all over again."

"Social Security has special rules called Work Incentives, and today we'll explore one that helps bust this myth for people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). If you receive SSDI, the Trial Work Period (TWP) is a Work Incentive that allows you to test your ability to work for at least 9 months while maintaining your benefits."

What is a Trial Work Period?
If you receive SSDI, your TWP allows you to test your ability to work for at least 9 months. During your TWP, you'll receive full SSDI benefit payments, no matter how much you earn — as long as you report your work activity and continue to meet Social Security's rules for disability. The TWP continues until you accumulate nine TWP service months (not necessarily consecutive) within a rolling 60-month period.

Learn more about updates in 2021 and check out the Trial Work Period fact sheet to get answers to questions like:
• What is a Trial Work Period?
• What happens when I complete my Trial Work Period?
• How can Ticket to Work help me reach my employment goals?

LGBTQ+ People with Disabilities

The LGBTQ+ community and the disability community intersect in significant ways. At the link below, you can find articles, books, and other resources on the intersection of Disability and LGBTQ+ issues.

Check out our CDO Workforce Disability Employment Initiative FACEBOOK PAGE - for more disability-related articles, news & resources

...And please Like & Share to help us get the word out about this great resource...Thank you!
Tips & Resources for Job Seekers
Looking for a Job?
Use our Job Search Link located on our CDO Workforce website!

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) worked with Chmura/JobsEQ to create a target specific algorithm to display current job opportunities that are searchable by both county and job title.

This valuable resource allows you to input job titles and search available positions in real-time in six counties: Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Herkimer, Madison and Oneida. The resource also shows a running total of jobs currently available in each of these counties.  

Article: What Recruiters Will
Look For In 2021

Work Values Matcher 

"Knowing your work values can help you choose a career that matches your values & identify employers that share similar values. Take a look at CareerOneStop's Work Values Matcher to help you make informed decisions."

FREE Metrix Online Skills Training

More than 5,000 courses to choose from. You can start taking courses today...
Did you know you can use our self-paced online skills training to help you beef up your job search skills and prepare for a career?
Getting the Record Straight: A Guide to Navigating Background Checks

Read the Guide from the John Jay College Institute of Justice and Opportunity
DYK you can send us your resume and we'll evaluate it for you?

We also can assist you with writing and enhancing a resume, job search and strategies, interview preparation and practice, and more.

We are your local American Job Center partner - there is never a charge for our services!
Featured Job Opportunities
The Workforce Development Board (WDB) is seeking a full-time Project Director for a grant-funded 4 year Rural Healthcare Project based in Utica serving 12 surrounding counties in NYS
Fiscal and programmatic management; documentation of services, project compliance and performance, staff accountability; ability to direct and provide advising to participants; skill with interviewing, hiring, training, supervising and evaluating staff; ability to coordinate and promote project activities and services with other community agencies; skills in oversight of data management and reporting for project evaluation; commitment to represent the project and advocate for the needs of disadvantaged students within the community; demonstrated service on community activities; and demonstrated commitment to foster a supportive, collaborative climate.


CAM Search & Consulting Inc 
CNA - Certified Nurse Assistant CNA, 1+ year experience, prefer long term care, hospital, nursing facility. MMRV TITRES PPD. Full benefits after 90 days. Training provided at facility.
Job Location: Oxford, New York
Pay: $15.00 - $18.00 Hourly

LPN - LPN needed for 3rd shift, 11pm - 7am, temp. to perm. with one year experience in patient care, hospital or long term care. MMRV TITRES PPD. LPN license needed. Medical exam and reference check required. Full benefits after 90 days. Training provided at the facility.
Job Location: Oxford, New York
Pay: $25.00 - $30.00 Hourly

How to Apply:
Contact the employer by telephone, by fax, or by email:
Phone: Camarda, Joseph (631) 509-6300 ext. 1001
Fax: Camarda, Joseph (631) 509-3600

Astrocom - Production Assemblers needed in Oneonta area
Job Summary: Assembles electronic components, sub-assemblies, products, or systems by performing the following duties. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Reads work orders, follows production drawings and sample assemblies, or receives verbal instructions regarding duties to be performed. Positions and aligns parts in specified relationship to each other in jig, fixture, or other holding device. Crimps, stakes, screws, bolts, rivets, welds, solders, cements, press fits, or performs similar operations to join or secure parts in place. Mounts assembled components, such as transformers, resistors, transistors, capacitors, integrated circuits, and sockets, on chassis panel. Connects component lead wires to printed circuit or routes and connects wires between individual component leads and other components, connectors, terminals, and contact points. Installs finished assemblies or sub-assemblies in cases and cabinets. Assembles and attaches hardware, such as caps, clamps, knobs, and switches, to assemblies. Performs intermediate assembly tasks, such as potting, encapsulating, sanding, cleaning, epoxy bonding, curing and stamping. Tends machines that press, shape, or wind component parts. Adjusts or trims materials from components to achieve specified electrical or dimensional characteristics. Performs online go-not-go testing and inspection to ensure parts and assemblies meet production specifications and standards. Plant is on a bus route.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Education and/or Experience - No education requirement; one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Language Skills - Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to - write simple correspondence. Mathematical Skills - Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Reasoning Ability - Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out simple one- or two-step instructions.
Physical Demands - The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision. Plant is on a bus route. Astrocom is willing to provide reasonable accommodations for workers with disabilities. Veterans and workers with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Candidates should as soon as possible visit the CDO Workforce, 12 Dietz St. in Oneonta to complete an application and make an appointment for the assessment. 
Application process:
• (1) obtain application at CDO Workforce New York, 12 Dietz Street, Oneonta, NY 13820
• (2) contact the Oneonta Adult Education Office, at the Center Street School, 31 Center St. in Oneonta, phone - (607) 433-3645, to schedule an education assessment required as part of the application process
• (3) take completed assessment and application to Astrocom, 115 D.K. Lifgren Drive, Colliersville, NY 13747.
Job Location: 115 D.K. Lifgren Drive, Colliersville, New York
Pay: $12.50 Hourly
Benefits: Health Insurance, Vacation
Public Transportation: Public Transportation is available.
Minimum Education Required: Less Than High School
How to Apply: In person, or by telephone:
CDO Workforce
12 Dietz Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
Phone: CDO Workforce NY, Center (607) 432-4800


DYK We post new local job openings on our Facebook page every day?

 Harbor Freight Tools - Oneonta
Store Manager
Job Description:
 Our Store Managers lead teams to maximize the financial output of their stores through the optimization of talent, operational execution, and delivering a rewarding customer experience. Our Store Managers act with urgency and are driven to achieve results. They thrive on building high performance teams that execute with excellence in the following areas:
Profit Maximization - Drive sales to exceed financial goals, Manage payroll and control expenses, Foster a results-driven store environment, Successfully execute special events, Operational Execution, Prioritize workload, Validate execution of standard operating procedure, Ensure compliance to company policies, A subject matter expert in all operational processes, Talent Optimization, Acquire high quality talent, Training and developing, Performance management, Effectively staff and schedule, Create a team atmosphere, Customer Experience Ensure a friendly environment, Ensure items are in-stock, Ensure items are priced right, Maintain a neat, clean, and organized store,
Success Drivers - Drive for Results Uses data to set priorities and translates goals into action plans. Consistently pushes self and others for results. Manages internal and external communications. Building High Performance Teams - Acquires and retains the right talent Trains, coaches and provides feedback Develops team for growth. Problem Solving Is solution oriented, sees problems as opportunities. Looks beyond the obvious and doesn't stop at the first answers. Keeps the goal in mind and is not easily deterred.
Managing and Measuring Work - Clearly assigns responsibility for tasks and decisions Sets clear and measurable objectives Monitors process, progress and results and provides effective feedback.
Managerial Courage - Does not hold back what needs to be said and is not afraid to take action. Provides on-time, direct, complete, and actionable positive and corrective feedback to others.
Requirements Experience - Minimum of two years of retail management experience Education - Bachelor's/Associates Degree preferred or High School graduate/Equivalent
Physical Requirements - Ability to intermittently lift, push and/or pull up to 50 pounds, Requires standing and moving for an entire shift, Ability to lift, bend, kneel, climb, crawl and/or twist, Ability to safely climb up and down a ladder, Ability to become forklift certified and physically able to operate a forklift in accordance with IIPP.
Availability - Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, holidays, overnights and weekends as necessary to meet the needs of the business. Regular attendance is an essential function of the job. Some travel required.
Pay: $51,916.00 - $62,280.00 Yearly
Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vacation, Holidays, Retirement/Pension
How to Apply:
Phone: Martinez, Rebeca (818) 518-4065
Business & Community News and Resources
Pictured: Reimagine New York Commission Member and Founder and CEO of Chobani Hamdi Ulukaya
Governor Cuomo Announces Proposal to Create a
Pathways Pledge for NYS Employers
Chobani Signs On

Companies pledge to create more inclusive workforces and provide
more workforce development opportunities.

Reimagine New York Commission Member and Founder and CEO of Chobani Hamdi Ulukaya said, "As a founding member of the Pathways Pledge, Chobani has been creating opportunities for all New Yorkers no matter where they come from or their experience. The promises we're making today formalize an important mission—not just for this state but for the country. We must continue to do everything we can to break down the barriers to achieving the American Dream." 

The pledge commits both public and private-sector employers to reforming their talent recruitment, investment, and promotion policies to foster more equitable workforces after the COVID-19 pandemic.

"COVID-19 has exacerbated existing inequalities across our society, and the economy is no exception. Historic numbers of New Yorkers are out of work, and lower and middle-income households are being hit the hardest. Public and private employers have critical roles to play closing that gap," Governor Cuomo said. "We need to expand who they employ, invest in training and retraining and work with workforce development partners to get jobs to the jobless. That's why we are asking employers across the state to take the Pathways Pledge to help provide opportunity to all New Yorkers, not just those who are already well off."

To date, 16 companies have made the pledge, affecting over 120,000 workers in New York, and the state aims to triple those commitments in the next year. The Pledge builds on Governor Cuomo's progress advancing workforce development in New York State, including the $175 million Workforce Development Initiative, the first Governor's Office of Workforce Development, and ensuring that a majority of New York State civil service positions hire based on skills, not degrees.

Participating employers will agree to report quarterly on their progress in implementing their Pledge commitments. They will agree to take actions including:
•     Invest in current worker retraining or skills development for promotions and/or higher wages, including providing college financial support or supporting new skills training on the job;
•     Create new apprenticeship programs to provide pathways for underrepresented populations;
•     Commit to exploring additional workforce supports for low-income workers or trainees, e.g., childcare and transportation subsidies;
•     Commit to exploring skills-based hiring models by removing, as appropriate, high school or post-secondary degree requirements for new hires;
•     Scale relationships with existing nontraditional workforce development partners by providing funding and/or expanded staff volunteer time to facilitate recruiting, interviews, and mentorship opportunities for new prospective employees; and/or
•     Develop new relationships with New York State workforce development providers serving underserved communities, including State University of New York, City University of New York, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services, and/or nontraditional workforce development organizations.
The 16 founding employers participating in the Pathways Pledge are IBM, Chobani, Con Edison, Google, JPMorgan Chase, Mastercard, AIG, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Montefiore, Globalfoundries, TEKsystems, Loretto, Cognizant, Clarkson University, Berkeley College, and Athenex.
In addition to new commitments from New York's leading employers, Governor Cuomo will also take the following State actions through his $175 million Workforce Development Initiative, inspired by the work of the Reimagine New York Commission. The COVID-19 health emergency has pushed a tremendous number of New Yorkers out of work. The crisis has also magnified inequalities, with lower- and middle-income households experiencing the greatest economic losses. The following actions will seek to expand job pathways and opportunities:
• Launch NYS Workforce Scholarships to allow low-income New Yorkers to attend high-quality training programs free-of-cost to gain skills leading to well-paid jobs. This initiative builds on Governor Cuomo's leadership to make college free for middle class New York families by creating non-college pathways vital to help New Yorkers move up the ladder.
• Expand SUNY For All Free Online Training so New Yorkers can enroll in additional employment certification programs for quality jobs in high-demand areas like IT, cyber, and healthcare, building on the success of hybrid learning models.
• Expand the Employment Training Incentive Program retraining tax credit to further incentivize New York businesses to train and upskill employees and interns. This tax incentive will support training and wraparound services to help employees who are furloughed or out-of-work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will also provide internship opportunities to young New Yorkers.

Read More: Press Release
Solving the Manufacturing Talent Challenge with Millennials and Gen Z

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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, please contact:
David Croston
Business Services Representative
New York State Department of Labor
(607) 778-3004 / david.croston@labor.ny.gov
New York Youth Jobs Program/Tax Credit
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.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact:
David Croston, Business Services Representative
New York State Department of Labor
(607) 778-3004
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
CDO Workforce Business Services
CDO Workforce Business Services

Did you know that CDO Workforce offers a wide-range of services for businesses?
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Job fairs
  • Job Orders
  • Job Matching
  • Youth Work Experience
  • Business Workforce Needs Analysis
  • Apprenticeships
  • Labor market information

We can act as an extension of your Human Resources Department!

We are your local American Job Center partner. There is never a charge for our services.
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Thank you!

Happy February!
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