Chenango-Delaware-Otsego County Workforce

January 2019
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CDO Workforce Hours - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday January 21, 2019

The Oneonta CDO Workforce Office will be CLOSED  on Martin Luther King Jr. Day . All other CDO Workforce offices will be open.

"No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."
--Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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 2019, businesses can earn tax credits of up to $7,500 for eligible youth starting work between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019
Businesses in Chenango, Delaware or Otsego County who would like to participate in this program must apply before November 30, 2019.

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:
CDO Workforce Program & Partner News

Dan & Gina Goldman

Dan Goldman  Speaks at Commerce Chenango Business 'After Hours'

On December 4, 2018, CDO Workforce Youth Services Career Advisor Dan Goldman represented CDO Workforce at the Commerce Chenango Business After Hours event hosted by NBT Bank in Norwich

Dan spoke with several representatives from Chenango County businesses and provided information about CDO Workforce programs and services available to employees and employers. 

Dan and his wife Gina, donated two new toys for the Chenango County Toys for Tots program, which was represented at the After Hours event.

Photo courtesy Dan Goldman

CDO Workforce Staff: Jen Mitchell, Employment & Training Counselor; 
Maggie Gilbert, Manager; April Feyh, Employment & Training Counselor

CDO Workforce - Sidney & Delhi Offices Receive 
Veterans' Program Office Incentive Award

Sidney & Delhi CDO Workforce offices recently received the Program Year 2017 Veteran's Program Office Incentive Award.

" From July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, your office demonstrated priority of services to veterans by
  • Providing an initial assessment to a higher percentage of veterans than non-veterans
  • Having a lower percentage of veterans than non-veterans exiting from services without a successful outcome," the award letter stated.

Photo courtesy Maggie Gilbert


" Our staff is dedicated to assisting veterans who served our country so valiantly ," said
CDO Workforce Manager Maggie Gilbert.
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CDO Workforce Holds Violence Prevention Training

In December, CDO Workforce Centers in Oneonta and Norwich held their annual Workplace Violence Prevention Training to review policies and procedures and review the local emergency action plans and team members for each office.

To learn more about Workplace Violence Prevention, visit the NYS DOL Workplace Violence Prevention Information page

For additional resources, go here

Oneonta CDO Workforce Gets Festive
On December 19th CDO Workforce staff in Oneonta held a holiday party, participating in a festive fuzzy sock gift exchange and a yummy cookie exchange.

During their lunch break, they shared a holiday feast, where office staff and outside agencies, Staffworks, DOL, Afton Consortium, and Otsego County OET, came together and brought in a dish to pass. They all took an hour to be together and reflected on a productive 2018!

Front Row - Left to Right: Beth Kilts (OET), Kathy DeAngelo (OET), Debra Bender (DOL)
Back - Left to Right: Alan Sessions (CDO), Paul Russo (DOL), Farida Christofferson (Staffworks), James Howard (DOL), Penny Seeger (OET), Sarah Lopez (DOL), Bill Haines (DOL), Susan Carimando (DOL), Deb Barton (DOL)
Not pictured: - Lori Dugan (Afton Consortium), MaryAnne Beeler (A4TD)

Photo courtesy Susan Carimando


Norwich CDO Workforce Celebrates

CDO Workforce in Norwich celebrated their Holiday Party on December 20, 2018. 

Some staff wore holiday sweaters to spread the cheer

Pictured: Cheri Hess (Dept. of Labor), Teresa Palmer (Chenango County OET), Dan Goldman (Chenango County OET), Bill Haines (Dept. of Labor).

Photo courtesy Dan Goldman

Jerry Kreiner takes a break with Santa at The Bandera Family Christmas Event

Jerry Kreiner  - Preparing meals at the Bandera Family Christmas Event

Norwich CDO Workforce's Jerry Kreiner 
Volunteers at Bandera Family Christmas

Norwich CDO Workforce's Employment & Training Counselor Jerry Kreiner volunteered at the Bandera Family Christmas event on Christmas Day. The event was held at The American Legion Post 189 in Norwich.

A free turkey dinner with all the trimmings was served to hundreds of people at the Legion and via delivery. The meals, some 1,000 in total, were provided by the Bandera family, local businesses and dozens of volunteers.

Bill Bandera is the President of The Bandera Family and Community Alliance, Inc. and heads up the annual event. Bill Bandera's father began the Christmas dinner tradition in 1989.

To read about the event in The Evening Sun, click here.
To learn more about the Bandera Family Christmas event, click here


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 Ask for A Referral Without Sounding Entitled or Desperate

From Fast Company: " To help you navigate that fine line between polite and presumptuous, we reached out to experts to hear how they suggest approaching someone for a referral-here are their tips." To read the article, 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...

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Community Events

Better Beginnings Parenting Classes

Free Mental Health First Aid Class

Friends of Rogers Seeking Volunteers

Friends of Rogers 41st annual Winter Living Celebration is Saturday, January 19th.

They need people to assist with parking, greeting, hospitality, etc. Help is needed from about 10am to 4:30pm depending on the task. 

To volunteer, send an email (via their website) or call the Visitor Center at 607-674-4733. Please provide your e-mail address and telephone number, along with your task preference. (They try to accommodate preferences.) 


Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Good Practices for Active Shooter Situations

Good Practices for Active Shooter Situations
Booklet & Video

  • Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers
  • Take note of the two nearest exits in any facility you visit
  • If you are in an office, stay there and secure the door
  • If you are in a hallway, get into a room and secure the door
  • As a last resort, attempt to take the active shooter down. When the shooter is at close range and you cannot flee, your chance of survival is much greater if you try to incapacitate him/her.

To View/download the US Department of Homeland Security booklet, click here
To view the NYS Homeland Security and Emergency Services video, click here

Workforce Reports from #InvestInSkills & NYATEP

  Critical Workforce Reports Just Released

LEVERAGING OPPORTUNITY, MEETING DEMAND: A New Blueprint for Transforming New York State's Workforce System

A new blueprint outlines the challenges facing New York's workforce development system and offers Governor Cuomo three major recommendations to help build New York's 21st-century workforce development system.

To read the report, click here.

To learn more about #InvestInSkills, click here

2018 STATE OF THE WORKFORCEThe State of the Workforce, by the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP) shows the evolution of employers' needs in New York. Key findings show we have a perfect storm of employer demand outpacing available talent -- and New Yorkers in need of skills.

To read the report, click here

To learn more about NYATEP, click here

Save the Date: Job Fair in Oneonta


Women Veterans - Managing Post Deployment Stress

VA Resources for Support

"Despite good food, bright lights, and cheer, the holidays come with stress. The pressures, particularly on women, to cook special meals, give gifts, and decorate can be too much. If you are a woman Veteran who has recently left the service, the strain of it all can be particularly tough.

Holiday stress and readjusting after deployments and long absences from home can be hard. But VA is here to help. Vet Centers across the U.S. offer readjustment counseling services. Here, there is no shame in getting the help you might need."

Here are a few VA resources that offer support:
  • Readjustment counseling services are available at Vet Centers nationwide for combat Veterans, service members, and their families. This includes family counseling for military related issues, bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death, military sexual trauma counseling, and referrals.
  • 877-WAR-VETS (877-927-8387) Combat Call Center is a 24/7 confidential service connecting Veterans with combat Veteran staff so you can speak in private with someone who understands your challenges.
If you need to talk to someone this holiday season, VA is here to help. For additional information about VA's readjustment services, contact the Women Veterans Call Center at 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636). To find a vet center near you, visit

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: Hiring People with Disabilities is Good Business

"For years, companies have maintained low expectations about hiring people with disabilities. Most of these companies believed that employees with disabilities could not perform well in the workplace and that actively hiring them would drag company performance and profits down. 

Thankfully, over time, many employers have come to understand that these perceptions are untrue. And new research strongly suggests that the opposite - that hiring people with disabilities is good for business. 

A recent study has shown, for the first time, that companies that championed people with disabilities actually outperformed others - driving profitability and shareholder returns. Revenues were 28 percent higher, net income 200 percent higher, and profit margins 30 percent higher. Companies that improved internal practices for disability inclusion were also four times more likely to see higher total shareholder returns."

To read the entire New York Times' article, click here

From Syracuse Woman Magazine -  
A Chef With Purpose: Bryony Grealish

Bryony Grealish is the owner and founder of The Fingerless Kitchen. Bryony, born with a rare genetic condition called Ectrodactyly Ectodermal Dysplasia, has only have one finger on each hand and one toe on each foot. 

"I live the Fingerless Kitchen every day and its part of who I am," Bryony says on her website The Fingerless Kitchen came from an idea that a good friend and I came up with years ago. I should create a cookbook to teach people with disabilities how to cook."

To visit The Fingerless Kitchen, click here

ABLE Accounts - IRS Changes

The IRS has just issued an announcement reviewing the recent changes to Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts

ABLE Accounts are investment/savings accounts for individuals with a disability - onset prior to their 26th birthday. This i ncludes SDI & SSI recipients and individuals with "disability certifications".  

For more information visit: 

To read the IRS press release, click here


Report: Ongoing Job Growth for Americans with Disabilities

From the Kessler Foundation: "Americans with disabilities saw modest job gains in November, indicating the continuation of an upward trend, according to today's National Trends in Disability Employment - Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by  Kessler Foundation  and the  University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability  (UNH-IOD)."

To read the article, click here
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SCORE - Free Small Business Courses

SCORE is now offering a brand NEW online learning center with interactive courses to help you start & grow your business

What is SCORE?
"SCORE is the nation's largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters.

As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 10 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964."

"The SCORE Business Learning Center (SBLC) provides aspiring and existing small business owners the business strategies and tactics needed to make sound decisions and achieve greater levels of success.

The SBLC supplements the business resources available on It fills the gap between the high-level content on our website and the personalized expertise obtained from a mentor.

At the end of a course, users will feel they have a better understanding of their chosen topic and the resources available for continuous learning. They will also have a mentor they can work with to apply the learning to their business."

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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.

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

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
Career Onstop Blog: Internships 101

Career Onestop Blog: Internships 101

"Internships can be challenging, often requiring you to split time between many different tasks but they also offer a unique work-based learning opportunity that gives interns a chance to explore an organization (and a field) from the inside in a way that classroom education just cannot replicate."

To read the blog post, 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

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

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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