Chenango-Delaware-Otsego County Workforce

July 2018
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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! 

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CDO Workforce July Holiday

Wednesday, July 4th is Independence Day. All CDO Workforce offices will be closed in observance of the holiday.


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.

Stumped by the financial aid process? This workshop is geared towards prospective students and parents who are facing the challenge of applying for financial aid. Learn how to navigate the process from figuring out how much college will cost, applying for federal and state aid, reviewing and comparing award letters, to accepting awards and preparing to pay back borrowed money.

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

CDO offers assessments to assist you in determining what occupations you may have the interests and aptitudes for, but never thought about. If interested in this confidential assessment, inquire at the front desk.

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.

This workshop is designed to help you focus on self-exploration to begin your job search. In this workshop, you will explore careers that match your skill set, interests, barriers to employment and goals.

In today's world it is not just necessary to have the technical skills to perform a job. Employer's today want employees who exhibit personal traits that enable them to interact effectively with customers and their coworkers. These skills are commonly referred to as "Soft Skills" - skills an employee needs to get along and work well with others.

This workshop focuses on developing a positive attitude with the emphasis on using this in the workplace to promote great customer service.

* 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 College Degrees & Career Opportunities. Explore SUNY Delhi's Academic Programs; Connect with an Admissions Counselor; Learn about the Admissions Process, Transfer Credit, and Financial Aid. Learn about SUNY Campuses, Training Opportunities, and the BEAM Program.

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.

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

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 Helps 10 Individuals 
Become Certified Nursing Assistants

CDO Workforce assisted 3 people with attending Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training at ONC BOCES, which completed in May, 2018. CDO also assisted 7 people with attending DCMO BOCES CNA training, which c ompleted in June, 2018, for a grand total of 10 graduates assisted by CDO Workforce to attend CNA training that completed in the last two months! 

Of the individuals that CDO Workforce helped to attend CNA training, nine have become Certified, and one individual is expected to be Certified by the end of July.

One individual, who graduated in May, has already been hired as a CNA in the Otsego County area and two individuals have been hired as CNAs in the Chenango County area.


Bridge to Employment and Academic Marketplace (BEAM) 
Welcomes  Mamie Smith 
New  Outreach Coordinator for Broome-Tioga

Mamie was born and raised in Utica, NY where she now resides with her 3 children. Mamie has more than 20 years of experience working within the health and human service field providing outreach, counseling and case management services to individuals in need.

Mamie recalls that some of greatest moments as a care manager was working with individuals to obtain their GED/High school diploma and then helping them to develop a service plan to obtain their college degree, which they did. "What a blessing to witness the joy, pride and growth in these individuals," Mamie says.

She looks forward to helping others achieve this same goal through the BEAM program. Mamie will cover cases in Broome-Tioga. She is stationed in the Utica office.


Photos  courtesy of  Mamie Smith

BEAM Success Story:
BEAM Enrollee Completes Cosmetology Training

BEAM Enrollee Elizabeth Robinson has completed her Cosmetology training at DCMO BOCES.

The curriculum included 1000 hours of class time, consisting of  200 hours of theory and 800 hours of Lab time

Elizabeth walked for graduation on Monday, June 11th, 2018.

She is now in the process of setting up her NY State licensing exam to become a Licensed Cosmetologist.


Hiring Workers with Disabilities Resources  Page

CDO Workforce now has a new resource and information page available on our website that  provides information for employers who have hired or who are interested in hiring workers with disabilities.

The page includes information about tax credits and where to go to get your questions answered, as well as informative and inspirational stories and news articles.

This page will be updated often, so please visit often, and please share the link!

To visit the page, click here.  


BEAM Success Story:
BEAM Enrollee Becomes Certified Nurse Aide

Heather Hubbard has provided home care and residential care for the past six years with the goal of becoming a CNA throughout the entire time. 

She has often worked two jobs in order to provide for her family. Because of this, for many years, Heather was unable to attend trainings offered in our area.

The BEAM program assisted Heather by helping her to create a resume and secure employment at the Oxford's Veterans Home as a Unit Assistant. This allowed her to work a set schedule, and begin to explore options for schooling

Heather enrolled in an online Associates program for Medical Administrative Assistant through Bryant & Stratton, with the idea that she could use the degree at completion to work in the healthcare field, if or when she could no longer do the physically demanding nurse aide work

In the meantime, a CNA training became available through DCMO BOCES that would work with her schedule

Heather was again assisted by the BEAM program, this time in seeking funding through CDO Workforce and preparing for the training and testing

Heather successfully completed the training and state licensing exam while at the same time maintaining her online classes for college. As of June 7, 2018, Heather attained her goal and became a Certified Nurse Aide

Heather's plan is to gain employment in the field and give back to the community working in a long-term care facility


Photo Courtesy: BEAM Outreach Coordinator Heather Schaap

"On-The-Spot" - Customer Success Story

"T.C." was anxious and distressed when he came in because he had only a couple of weeks left on his Unemployment Insurance Benefits and he is the  sole breadwinner in the family

CDO Partner & NYSDOL Workforce Professional Susan Carimando went over his skills with him and developed his resume right there on the spot. She then set him up to meet one-on-one with a Client Manager at Chobani for a open position matching his skill set.

He i nterviewed for the position that Friday, and by Monday, T.C. was hired for the position!

Chobani was grateful for the referral, and TC is no longer anxious-- and he is looking forward to his new job at Chobani!


Success Stories: Helping Veterans 

In partnership with the NYS DOL Local Veterans' Employment Representative, CDO Workforce helped two Veterans get back to work within the first two weeks of June

Our first veteran, "A.C.,"  was working part time and was looking for full time and more stable employment.  In a team effort, Sidney CDO Assistant Director Maggie Gilbert, assisted "A.C." with his resume and interview process. "A.C." interviewed with ACCO Brands Sidney for a Maintenance Electrician position, and was offered the job paying $24 hour. "A.C." served in Navy, full active duty,  for four years as an Electrician. "A.C." also has a Journeyman Electrician License.
Our second Veteran, "F.V.," was hired at Amphenol in Sidney in the Plating Department. "F.V." was hired at $20 hour. She served eight years in Navy Reserve as a Construction Mechanic.
During the month of May, six Veterans were assisted in getting back to work.
During the month of April, four veterans were assisted in getting back to work and two veterans were helped in returning to work, for a total of six.
During the month of March, six veterans received assistance in getting back to work.


Dan Goldman, CDO Workforce Youth Services Career Advisor

CDO Workforce attends DCMO BOCES Job Fair

Staff from CDO Workforce attended the DCMO BOCES job fair that was held at the DCMO BOCES Chenango Campus on May 31, 2018.

Both graduating students and adult learners from the CTE (Career Technical Education) programs attended the job fair to browse different employment opportunities in our area

CDO Workforce staff was able to meet with students to provide information on the services that CDO Workforce provides, as well as encourage them to come to our office to register and begin utilizing the services available to them.

Photo Courtesy Daniel Goldman

Paul Russo, Local Veteran's Employment Representative (Left) &
David Croston, DOL Associate Employment Services Representative

Dan Goldman, CDO Workforce Youth Services Career Advisor

CDO Workforce & Department of Labor Attend Healthcare Job Fair

CDO Workforce and the Department of Labor attended the Healthcare Job Fair on June 21st at the Norwich American Legion Post 189

Applicants looking for careers in healthcare and in a healthcare setting were able to meet with employers to discuss current job openings and submit resumes.

Some 1 7 healthcare agencies were represented at the Fair

Photos Courtesy Daniel Goldman

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 (DRC) 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

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
  • We provide up to $3,000 per apprentice for related technical instruction
  • We provide up to $600 per apprentice for pre-apprenticeship training
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The  American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) is building a  new sustainable regional pipelin e 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 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 

BEAM is Enrolling in Chenango County

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?  
If you are 1 9 years of age or older and live in Chenango County, NY, you may be eligible for the BEAM program.

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
To learn more, visit: or contact BEAM Outreach Coordinator, Heather Schaap, at 607-334-2201, ext. 120 or email her at
Return-to-Work Toolkit - Resource for Employers

Return-to-Work Toolkit

"When employees experience illness or injury, it often impacts their ability to perform their jobs. In cases where an employee is out of work due to illness or injury, it's in everyone's best interest to return him or her to work in some capacity as soon as they are able.

Return-to-work strategies and programs have traditionally been used to reduce workers' compensation costs; however, they can do much more - they can improve productivity and morale across an organization, they can save organizations time and money and they can protect agencies from loss of talent. 

Fortunately, accommodations for employees returning to work are highly cost effective, with most incurring little or no expense at all. 

To learn more and view or download resources, click here

For Job Seekers: Interviewing Tips

Interviewing Tips for Job Seekers

Veterans Resources

New Resources for Veterans on the CDO Workforce Website

We've added  new resources for Veterans on our  CDO Workforce website .

To view the resources, click here

We also offer a free Veterans Workshop every month, which 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...

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Should You Post a Negative Review of Your Former Company?

Should You Post a Negative Review of Your Former Company?

"Before you hit 'submit' on that Glassdoor post, ask yourself these six questions."

To read the article, click here

WIC Participants Can Receive Farmers' Market Checks

Farmers' Market Checks Available to WIC Participants

Farmers' Market checks are available for WIC Participants beginning June 1st

This year, each participant over the age of 9 months-old, is eligible to receive one $20 check booklet

Please call your local WIC office to schedule an appointment.

In Chenango County: Opportunities for Chenango
In Delaware County: Delaware Opportunities
In Otsego County: Opportunities for Otsego

Staff Training Resources for Accessible Workplace Technology

Staff Training Resources for Accessible Workplace Technology

In order to successfully implement inclusive technology practices, the relevant staff across your organization will need training in accessibility. 

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) provides staff training resources for getting started with training your staff in the accessibility skills relevant to their specific roles, from executives to web developers.
Included in this resource is information on:
  • Accessibility Staff Training for Specific Roles
  • Disability Inclusion Basics
  • Digital Accessibility Basics
  • Web Development and Design
  • Communicating About Accessibility
  • Making the Business Case
  • Measuring and Evaluating Progress
  • Professional Development
  • Hiring Accessibility Consultants & User Testers
To access the 'Accessible eRecruiting Using Social Media Employer Tip Sheet', click here.
To access more PEAT training resources, click here

Oneonta Job Corps Academy Receives 'Quality of Life' Award
The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Announces 'Sustainable Success' Award Winner: Oneonta Job Corps Academy

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce has announced  Oneonta Job Corps Academy as the recipient of the NBT Bank, Quality of Life Award in recognition of their programs and services.

Oneonta Job Corps Academy (OJCA), opened in 1980 and is now one of the 126 Job Corps centers found around the country that offers dozens of different vocational opportunities to under-privilege youth ages 16 to 24 years of age, along with individuals with disabilities

The Oneonta Job Corps Academy hosts nine traditional trades in three different clusters: Medical (Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Medical Admin Assistant); Automotive (Auto Technician and Auto Collision and Repair); Construction (Electrical, Facility Maintenance, Cement Masonry, and Tile Setting). 

In addition to these nine initial trades, OJCA is also home to the SMART Grid Advanced Training program that includes Overhead Lineman, Underground Residential Distribution, and Smart Meter and Instrumentation Technician.

"OJCA continues to be more and more involved in the community," says the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. "First and foremost, it is a source of employment for nearly 150 people living within the local region. Both staff and students have performed thousands of hours of community service across the region including helping with parking for community events, assisting at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, the Salvation Army Sunday Meal with a Message, Art Festivals, and so much more."

"OJCA was involved with the Oneonta Airport project, a two-year renovation project that incorporated the use of about half a dozen trades, including Facility Maintenance, Cement Mason, and Electrical. OJCA has hosted or co-hosts community events such as that Annual OJCA Community Ballgame every August complete with free admission, contests, prizes, and of course ...fireworks!"

"Most recently Oneonta Job Corps in partnership with Hudson Valley Community College, SkyOp, and the Oneonta Municipal Airport, is offering an exciting new Advanced Training program for Drone Pilot. Ten students will prepare for the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot exam to become a licensed commercial drone pilot."


Community Events
Senior Picnic in the Park

"All Day Fun!!!"

Guided Hike, Live Music, Door Prizes, Horseshoes, Tai Chi Demonstrations & More!

Where: Glimmerglass State Park
1527 Co Rd 31, Cooperstown, NY 13326

When: Thursday, July 19th
10:30 AM: Coffee & Donuts
Noon: Lunch
1:00 PM: Bingo

Lunch Menu: Hamburger or Hot Dog, Potato Salad, Tomato & Cucumber Salad, Watermelon, Cake

$6.00 - Age 60+
$12.00 - Under age 60

Deadline for Ticket Purchase is July 11th.

Tickets available at:
Office for the Aging - Cooperstown - 547-4232
Office for the Aging - Oneonta - 432-9041
Senior Dining Centers & Senior Clubs

To view/download the flyer, click here

Catskill Center for Independence Ramp Project fundraiser
6104 State Hwy 23
Oneonta, NY 13820

Thursday, July 26th, 11 AM to 2 PM

$10.00 - Chicken BBQ, Macaroni Salad, Beans, Roll & Soda

"Great Food from Woods BBQ."

Pits fired onsite.

All proceeds will benefit the Catskill Center for Independence's Ramp Project to assist individuals to continue to live in their home, or return to their home.

Pre-orders can be made by contacting Meghan at 607-432-8000 or  - Or  to pre-order, click here


Catholic Charities Family Color Run/Walk

Where: Keith Clark Park, Sidney, NY

When: July 21, 2018
Registration from 8:15 AM to 8:45 AM at KC Park
Event Starts at 9:00 AM

Registration Fee:
$12. per person (with shirt) if Pre-registered before July 6, 2018. $15. per person after July 6th & day of the event (with shirt while supplies last)

Registration forms can be picked up or accessed online.
176 Main St., Oneonta, NY
21 Liberty St., Sidney, NY
489 West Main St., Cobleskill, NY

Children under 12 must be a ccompanied by an adult.

Proceeds will go to the Sidney Catholic Charities.

Parking will be at the Sidney Elks Club, River Street.

To view the flyer, click here

Empire State Development's 
Division of Minority and Women's Business Development
Invites you take part in the 2018 New York State
Regional MWBE Opportunities Expo Series

The MWBE Regional Expos are designed to connect minority and women-owned businesses to New York State agencies, authorities, and prime contractors.

* Regional Economic Development Council
Awards Panel Session
* Regional Special Projects Panel Session
* NYS MWBE Certification Made Easy
* How to Do Business with New York State
* Access to Capital: State Financial Programs
* One-on-One NYS MWBE Certification Analyst
* Networking opportunities
* NYS MWBE Business Builder Boot Camp

These events are FREE OF CHARGE for all participants.

For dates & locations, or to download the flyer, click here.
To register & for more information, visit

Mohawk Valley Advanced Manufacturing Development Plan
Now Available!
The Mohawk Valley Advanced Manufacturing Development Plan

To help this vital sector reach new heights, the Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties and its partners have developed the Mohawk Valley Advanced Manufacturing Plan to align all of the training and education resources in our region with the needs of our employers.

To read or download the report, click here

For more in-depth information, see the Appendices here.

Veteran Services Informational Workshop
You're invited to the 
Veteran Services Informational Workshop in Oneonta!

When:  July 18th, 10:00 AM - Noon

Where:  Oneonta CDO Workforce Center
12 Dietz Street, Oneonta, NY
607-432-4800 ext, 114

Informational workshop/ Job Club/ Networking.

Resources, guides and support provided to the Veteran population by a trained and knowledgeable Veteran Counselor.

Please contact the Veteran Coordinator at the above listed phone number/extension to be scheduled for this workshop.

To view or download the flyer, click here.

Disclose Your Disability to Your Employer Workshop
Disclose Your Disability to Your Employer Workshop

Learn about your rights as protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act

Discussion will include your right to choose if you want to disclose, when to disclose, how to disclose, and how to request an accommodation.

When:  July 17th, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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

Presented by the Kathy DeAngelo and Alan Sessions, Disability Resource Coordinators.

To view or download the flyer, click here

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

Save the Date -  Career Fair in Oneonta July 25th
Save the Date 
For The  Opportunities For Otsego Career Fair!

When: Wednesday, July 25th, 10:00 AM to 2 PM
Where: CDO Workforce, 12 Dietz St., Oneonta, NY 

Don't miss the opportunity to meet with Human Resources!

Bring information for completing an application and be prepared for an immediate job interview.

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

Both full-time & part-time positions are available in the areas of Head Start, The Children's Center in Cooperstown, Emergency Housing and Energy Services.

Many positions only require a high school education and Opportunities for Otsego will provide training. Benefits available for full-time work.

If you need more information call 607-432-4800 x 100 or visit the CDO Workforce Center. Specific job openings and required qualifications are available on the Opportunities for Otsego website.



Do You Need Transportation?
Do You Need Transportation? 

Ride Sharing is Available i n Chenango, Delaware & Otsego Counties

To help you get to work, a  new transportation option is now available; a "Ride Sharing" website that matches drivers and riders with similar work destinations in the area. Now, for the first time ever,  511NYRideshare has information on three south central NY counties: Otsego, Delaware, and Chenango.

Whether you need a ride or are a driver in need of gas money, the 511NY Rideshare website can help! Once you register you'll have access to match with other users as well. Carpooling can be a convenient, money saving travel experience

Check out all that they have to offer for ride matching. Simply Google 511NYRideShare and log in (or register if you are not yet a member) and go to the "Find a Ridematch" page to see who your potential carpool partners are.

Is Finding Transportation to Medical Appointments a Problem?

Mobility Management of South Central New York (MMSCNY) is helping to resolve transportation issues.  Contact the Toll Free Call Center, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday - Friday: 1-855-373-4040.

To visit the MMSCNY website, click here

To download the flyer with information on both programs, click here

Literacy Volunteers Needs Tutors
Literacy Volunteers is in Desperate Need of Tutors 
in Chenango County

If you or someone you know is looking for an opportunity to fulfill community service hours or just volunteer your time to help students and adults boost their learning, please call Eva Davidson at (607) 287-0036 or email at

To learn more or to view/download the flyer, click here
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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:
Grads of Life Campaign
Grads of Life - Introducing Employers to the Business Benefits 
of Working with Opportunity Youth

The Grads of Life Public Service Announcement campaign initially launched in September 2014 and, to date, has received more than $81 million in donated media support

In partnership with the Ad Council, they have recently launched a new series of ads to address this critical employment gap and introduce employers to the incredible business benefits of working with Opportunity Youth - unemployed young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are an often an overlooked talent pool.

A particularly powerful piece of the new campaign is a series titled 7 Second Resumes, in which Opportunity Youth spend seven seconds-the average amount of time a hiring manager spends reviewing a resume- describing their unique attributes that add to their value as employees

The qualities and skills that these young people have acquired throughout their life journeys cannot be itemized on a resume, but are often the very core competencies that employers look for in their employees.

Also, Grads for Life has published an impact report detailing the success the Grads of Life campaign has seen thus far

" With your support and partnership, we look forward to continuing to expand our reach and in the coming months, we plan to be in touch more frequently with updates on what Grads of Life is doing and how you can participate."

T o view the videos, click here
To learn more about the Campaign, click here
ExportNY: Helping Southern Tier Businesses Achieve Global Success
ExportNY Program "Launch into the Global Marketplace" 

The Center for International Business Advancement at Binghamton University has announced the next session of their business seminar, ExportNY. 

This f our-month international business development program begins September 18, 2018.

Manufacturers in Chenango County are invited to particpate to learn how to more effectively export goods to the global market. 

Each company may send multiple participants for a flat fee of $3,000, and participating companies are eligible for a $2,500 grant from the Workforce Development Institute. 

Continuing education credits are available. 

For more information, contact Elena Iankova at or to visit their webpage, click here.
Diversity Partners - Resource for Human Service Staff Working with Job Seekers with Disabilities

Diversity Partners: Resources for Human Service Staff Working 
with Job Seekers with Disabilities

Diversity Partners has a website: that has excellent resources for human service staff who are working with job seekers with disabilities

Diversity Partners offers resources about:
  • Learning about the context, skills and behaviors that support or hinder relationships with business.
  • Supporting integration of promising practices into the everyday practices of employment service professionals serving job seekers with disabilities.
  • Advancing the understanding of how disability can impact work and strategies that might mitigate that impact.
  • Engaging agencies and personnel in capacity building and organizational change to create and sustain mutually beneficial employer partnerships.
Diversity Partners uses a combination of in-person training, online toolboxes, and on-demand technical assistance to users.

Materials and technical assistance are aimed at creating and sustaining the organizational change required to improve practices in the context of business relationships; as well as i nformation and knowledge regarding capacity building and cross-sector partnerships.

Diversity Partners was developed through a process of multi-stakeholder input, qualitative inquiry, and a piloting phase to refine the content and its delivery. It can be implemented within a single agency, or among a consortium of collaborators at no cost.
Adaptive Sports Programs  - Summer 2018 - Oneonta, NY

Adaptive Sports Programs - Summer 2018 - Oneonta, NY

The EDD Memorial  Fund is a 501(c)3 no n-profit organization dedicating to creating sports programs for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities Their goal is for people with disabilities to experience freedom, independence and adventure through participation in sports. They partner with colleges and sporting organizations to provide various adaptive sports opportunities in Central NY, Eastern PA and Central/Northern VT.  
To provide sports opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.

The EDD Memorial Fund vision is for individuals with disabilities to build self-confidence and purpose, and to believe that they can do anything to which they set their minds. "Our belief is that by teaching a young woman who uses a wheelchair how to ski, for example, we are also helping her learn to believe in herself and in her potential."

Events are free, but registration is required. 

To view/download a schedule of events and to find out how to register, click here

To find out more about EDD Memorial Fund, click here
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 

Part-time Scholarship Award application is Available

Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) is pleased to announce that the NYS Part-time Scholarshop (PTS) Award Program application is now available

In order to apply, students must meet eligibility requirements, including:
  • be a resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the term;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • have graduated from high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma, or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department;
  • be matriculated in an approved undergraduate program at a SUNY or CUNY community college;
  • be enrolled in at least six but less than 12 credits per term;
  • maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher;
  • be in a non-default status on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or repayment of any NYS award; and
  • be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by a NYS award.
To complete the application, you will need:
  • Your transcript for the term prior to fall 2017, spring 2018 or fall 2018.
Application Deadline: For 2018-19 - July 27, 2018.

Although Chenango, Delaware & Otsego counties have no Community Colleges, Herkimer Community College offers a number of on-line programs. See link:

More information can be found here:  NYS Part-time Scholarship (PTS) Award Program.

NY Connects

What can NY Connects do for you?

NY Connects is a state wide program. In Otsego County the NY Connects office is embedded in the Office for t he Aging and their  ILC Partne r is through the Catskill Center for Inde pendence . NY Connects is the connection for clients and caregivers to long term services and supports.

For more information about services, click here.

Call NY Connects of Otsego County (607) 547-4390 or
NY Connects of their area Independent Living Center at (607) 432-8000

DCMO BOCES Summer 2018 Adult Education  

Courses Include:

5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course
CDL-A Restricted Training
CDL-B Training
as well as leisure learning and summer fitness!
Chenango Campus - Norwich
Harrold Campus - Sidney Center

To view/download the summer program flyer, click here.

To view/download the 5 hour pre-licensing course flyer, click here.

To view/download the 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

Mary Carson, Adult and Continuing Education Coordinator shared information about the program, " Classes are offered year round, and we 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 f ree 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:

DCMO BOCES Adds an Additional CNA Class -
Class starts in July

  • The class is going to run Mondays-Thursdays (four days a week) from 8:30 am to 3 pm.
  • Class is anticipated to start on July 9, 2018 and graduation is tentatively set for August 20, 2018.
  • Students will attend classes at the Chenango Campus in Norwich, and then the week of clinical which is scheduled for August 6 - 10 will be done at an area nursing facility.  These 4 clinical days will run on the facilities schedule and will be held, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
  • The week after clinical: NY State Testing will be completed on Thursday and Friday August 16th and 17th. 
DCMO BOCES is also excited to announce the return of its Licensed Practical Nursing Program this fall.
The anticipated start date for LPN is Sept. 5, 2018. 

To visit the DCMO BOCES Health Occupations page, click here .
For more DCMO BOCES news, click here

For information on how to enroll in these programs, please contact Heather Montgomery, BSN, RN, Coordinator of Health Occupations at

SUNY Delhi Summer Youth Swim Lessons

SUNY Delhi Summer Youth Swim Lessons will be offered from 8am to 12pm Monday through Friday in the Kunsela Hall pool at SUNY Delhi.

Session II:
July 16 - August 3

Classes include an infant/toddler/preschoolers program, American Red Cross Levels I-VI.

Town residents of Bovina, Meredith, Delhi, and Hamden should contact their respective Town Clerk to register for free enrollment in one 3-week session. Proof of residency will be required. 

Outside of Delhi who want to participate, register at a cost of $55 per person per 3-week session. Call 607-746-4545 or email for registration information.

For more information, click here. 

ONC Practical Nursing  Training

ONC is accepting applications for their 2018-2019 Practical Nursing program.  

They can also run a CNA-HHA Transition class if there is a need in the community.

All classes are held at 31 Center Street (former Oneonta elementary school) in Oneonta, NY.

PN (Practical Nursing) - Registration open
10 month full time program
September 2018 - June 2019
$ 11,225* (includes tuition, books, uniforms, medical equipment and graduation fees) *fee is subject to change for the 2018-2019 SY

For more information contact:
Regina M. Pasa RN, BS
Practical Nursing and Adult Health Services Coordinator
ONC BOCES Adult CNA / HHA Program
31 Center Street, 3rd Floor
Oneonta, NY 13820
phone: (607) 431-2304

To view/download the flyer, click here

Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network's Norwich PAL Center 
is transitioning into 
The Norwich PAL Empowerment Program
The Norwich PAL Empowerment program will provide support to pregnant and parenting women to  empower and encourage utilizing all resources available  to create safe, healthy living environments for  their children and themselves.
The Norwich PAL Empowerment Program offers  One-On-One Mentoring to women, providing life  skills and stress management, education on healthy  relationships and positive parenting skills, individualized  guidance and problem-solving through their social support.  
Free Children's Clothing Closet will be available  Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00am-2:00pm.

For information on their 1-on-1 Mentoring Program, click here.

For more information, call/visit Sabrina @
The Norwich PAL Empowerment Program
27 W. Main Street
Norwich, NY 13815
(607) 334-8909


ADC Farm and Forest $500 Micro Grants Available

Are you (or someone you know) trying to build or expand a farm or forest business such as maple, vegetables, firewood, or mushrooms? 

A micro grant through the Ag Dev Council may be available! 

Applicants must complete an application with business plan (free help and a template are available.) 

For more information or an application, email or call 607-334-5841 x 19.
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

Catholic Charities of Chenango County
Medicaid Health Home Program

Catholic Charities of Chenango County's Medicaid Health Home Program is a free program for children and adults who have mental health or medical conditions.

Coordinators work closely with families to identify needs, create individualized goals, and provide support and advocacy for the child and family.

For more information, click here


Career Technical Training at Job Corps

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.

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 *

Contact Oneonta Job Corps for more information.
21 Homer Folks Avenue
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 431-1446 or
(607) 431-1443
Article: "We Are the Original Lifehackers"
"We Are the Original Lifehackers" 
By Disability Design Advocate Liz Jackson

"As a disabled designer, I have come to believe that products are a manifestation of relationships. Disabled people have long been integral to design processes, though we're frequently viewed as "inspiration" rather than active participants."

"These stories exemplify what it means to be an original lifehacker; our unique experiences and insights enable us to use what's available to make things accessible. Yet, despite this history of creating elegant solutions for ourselves, our contributions are often overshadowed or misrepresented, favoring instead a story with a savior as its protagonist."

To read the article, click here

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Accommodating Service Members & Veterans with PTSD

Because of the Global War on Terrorism, many service members are returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other points in the Middle East with combat-related injuries. Combat exposes soldiers to potentially traumatic events on a daily basis, which can result in psychiatric symptoms, such as those of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Many returning soldiers are filtering back into the workforce, and PTSD concerns may arise in the workplace. Employers of veterans (as well as the veterans themselves) need to be informed of the issues that may arise when readjusting to civilian life.
PTSD can manifest itself in a veteran differently than someone who has survived a catastrophic one-time event. The traumatic events that accompany combat duty occur daily (for months at a time) without warning. Soldiers endure these conditions with restricted food intake, lack of sleep, and harsh environmental conditions. Furthermore, soldiers are trained to be extra vigilant and to react quickly and decisively to environmental stimuli. Thus, readjusting to life at home can be a difficult experience for some veterans.
For more information about accommodating Veterans who have PTSD please visit  the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) at 
Businesses, for help recruiting Veterans, or if seeking information about hiring Veterans with disabilities, contact your nearest CDO Workforce Center or call 1-800-244-5779.
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State-of-the-Art Training Space Available in Oneonta
Regional Workforce Training Center
Training Space Available!

Boasting state-of-the-art technological capabilities, the Regional Workforce Training Center is located at the Otsego Chamber / Otsego Now offices on the fifth floor of 189 Main Street in downtown Oneonta

The Center is an initiative of the County of Otsego IDA, with a mission to make connections with regional employers to assess their staffing needs, develop training programs to meet those needs, and market those programs in the community. 

The Training Center is fully equipped with the latest smart technology, and the Center will be able to help employers and workers meet their training needs

The Training Center offers the following facilities:

Small Group/Media Room
Huddle Room
Seminar Room
Training Center Lounge
Training Center Classroom

Businesses and agencies seeking training space are encouraged to contact Barbara Ann Heegan at the Otsego Chamber of Commerce (607-267-4010) for information about utilizing the training facilities.
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USDA Seeks Applications for Technical Assistance & Training Grants
USDA Seeks Applications for 
Technical Assistance and Training Grants

USDA is accepting applications for grants to help rural communities develop locally-based solutions and access financial resources to build economic prosperity.  

USDA is making grants available under the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant Program. These grants are intended to address capacity challenges faced by small, low-income rural communities with limited resources and staff. The assistance helps communities access USDA funding for essential community facilities.

Applicants are e ncouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships and innovation

Key strategies include: 
* Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America 
* Developing the Rural Economy 
* Harnessing Technological Innovation 
* Supporting a Rural Workforce 
* Improving Quality of Life

Applications are due July 2, 2018.

For more information, click here
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SNAP Work Requirements for 2018

SNAP Work Requirements for 2018

While SNAP is intended to ensure that no one in our land of plenty should fear going hungry, it also reflects the importance of work and responsibility

SNAP rules require all recipients meet work requirements unless they are exempt because of age or disability or another specific reason. (Children, seniors, and those with disabilities comprise almost two-thirds of all SNAP participants.) Forty-three percent of SNAP participants live in a household with earnings. 

Some of these working individuals are ABAWDs, or able-bodied adults without dependentsABAWDs must meet special work requirements, in addition to the general work requirements, to maintain their eligibility.

--From the USDA Food & Nutrition Service

To find out more, click here

More Food Products Can Now Be Sold From A Home Kitchen

NYS Deppartment of Ag & Markets Doubles the List of Products 
that Can be Sold from a Home Kitchen 

The State Department of Agriculture and Markets have added 19 items to their list of products that can be sold directly from a home kitchen.

The new products include dehydrated/dried fruits and vegetables, trail mix, toffee/caramel apples and more, nearly doubling the total number of homemade goods that can be made and sold from a home.

These changes will allow small home businesses to increase their customer base and reach new markets, and are the latest actions taken to make doing business in New York easier, especially for small entities. Home processors are exempt from obtaining an Article 20-C food processing license and Article 28 retail food store license but are required to register with the Department.

"Ensuring the safety of our food supply is a critical function of the Department and that includes overseeing the home processors in our State. The Department is pleased to be able to expand the list of foods that entrepreneurs can safely make in their home kitchens, and that they can now sell to the public from their home business and also online," said State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball.

To read the press release, click here.
To view/download the registration form, click here
Free Meals Are Available This Summer For Children & Teens

Free Meals Are Available This Summer for Children & Teens

Free meals will be available for children and teens across New York at more than 3,000 Summer Food Service Program sites. 

The Summer Food Service Program was established to ensure that low-income children, 18 and younger, continue to receive nutritious meals when schools are not in session. USDA Food and Nutrition Service administers the Summer Food Service Program at the national level and the New York State Education Department administers it at the state level.

The interactive U.S. Department of Agriculture online map helps families find a service site by address, city or zip  code. To find a service site, click here

"Summer meals are critical to thousands of New York children who might otherwise go hungry during summer break, when they no longer have access to breakfast and lunch served at school," NYS Education Department's Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. "Summer food programs positively impact children's growth and development by offering nutritious meals and encouraging children to develop healthy habits at a young age." 

"High quality summer meals provide daily energy and help make sure children are healthy and ready to learn when they return to school in the fall," NYS Education Department's Commissioner Elia said. "We work closely with the USDA to administer this incredibly important program, to help make sure that our students don't go hungry during the summer."

The majority of New York sponsors begin operating Summer Food Service Programs on July 5, 2018. 

For more information, click here
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Happy July!
CDO Workforce Career Center| (607) 432-4800  |
 12 Dietz Street   Oneonta, NY 13820