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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 Offers FREE Workshops Every Month!
ONLINE SUPPORT WORKSHOP
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:
- Your rights as a job seeker in New York State
- How convictions can affect employment
- How to prepare for answering questions about your record
- Job search strategies that work for you
- Work for Success Initiative
- Work Opportunity Tax Credit
- 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.
WARM SOFT SKILLS = COLD CASH
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.
POSITIVE ATTITUDE = GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE
This workshop focuses on developing a positive attitude with the emphasis on using this in the workplace to promote great customer service.
COMPUTER BASICS WORKSHOP SERIES
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.
SUNY DELHI PRESENTS
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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
curriculum included 1000 hours of class time, consisting of
200 hours of theory and 800 hours of Lab time.
walked for graduation on
Monday, June 11th, 2018.
now in the process of
setting up her NY State licensing exam to
become a Licensed Cosmetologist.
Hiring Workers with Disabilities Resources
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
looking for careers in healthcare and
in a healthcare setting were able to
meet with employers to
discuss current job openings and submit resumes.
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
training and a career
, 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?
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.
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
Watch Our Videos:
American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) is building a
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e specific to
nanotechnology, cybersecurity and unmanned vehicle systems
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
Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins.
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.
CDO 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
tried attending college or training
found it just wasn't a good fit?
Do you want help navigating
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
|Return-to-Work Toolkit - Resource for Employers
"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
New Resources for Veterans on the CDO Workforce Website
new resources for Veterans
CDO Workforce website
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?
share community and partner events and news-- and
breaking workforce news...
Please "like" and "Follow" us - and share us with your friends!
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know someone who might like to
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Please share it with them--and let them know
they can subscribe to have it
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We've always got a lot of
community news and opportunities, training & funding opportunities, program updates & success stories and more!
|Should You Post a Negative Review of Your Former Company?
Should You Post a Negative Review of Your Former Company?
hit 'submit' on that Glassdoor post,
ask yourself these six questions."
|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.
your local WIC office to
schedule an appointment.
|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 more PEAT training resources, click here.
To access the 'Accessible eRecruiting Using Social Media Employer Tip Sheet',
|Oneonta Job Corps Academy Receives 'Quality of Life' Award
The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Announces 'Sustainable Success' Award Winner: Oneonta Job Corps Academy
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."
CONGRATULATIONS, ONEONTA JOB CORPS ACADEMY!!
Senior Picnic in the Park
"All Day Fun!!!"
Guided Hike, Live Music, Door Prizes, Horseshoes, Tai Chi Demonstrations & More!
Glimmerglass State Park
1527 Co Rd 31, Cooperstown, NY 13326
When: Thursday, July 19th
10:30 AM: Coffee & Donuts
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
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.
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
$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.
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
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.
|Mohawk Valley Advanced Manufacturing Development Plan
The Mohawk Valley Advanced Manufacturing Development Plan
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.
For more in-depth information, see the Appendices here.
|Veteran Services Informational Workshop
You're invited to the
Veteran Services Informational Workshop in Oneonta!
July 18th, 10:00 AM - Noon
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.
|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.
July 17th, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Norwich CDO Workforce Center
1 O'Hara Drive, Norwich, NY
Presented by the Kathy DeAngelo and Alan Sessions, Disability Resource Coordinators.
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
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.
CANDIDATES WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY, REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS ARE AVAILABLE.
START MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS!
|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.
download the flyer with information on both programs
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more or to view/download the flyer, click here.
|NYS Tax Credits Available for Eligible Businesses
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.
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,
Delaware County: Maggie Gilbert,
Otsego County: Penny Seeger,
Grads of Life - Introducing Employers to the Business Benefits
of Working with Opportunity Youth
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
address this critical employment gap
introduce employers to the incredible business benefits of working with Opportunity Youth
unemployed young adults
ages of 16 and 24
who are an often
an overlooked talent pool.
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.
Grads for Life
published an impact report
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."
|ExportNY: Helping Southern Tier Businesses Achieve Global Success
ExportNY Program "Launch into the Global Marketplace"
Center for International Business Advancement at Binghamton University has
announced the next session of their business seminar, ExportNY.
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.
|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 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.
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
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,
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.
Programs, Recruitment, Scholarships & Learning
Part-time Scholarship Award application is 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.
More information can be found here: NYS Part-time Scholarship (PTS) Award Program.
Application Deadline: For 2018-19 - July 27, 2018.
What can NY Connects do for you?
state wide program
NY Connects office
embedded in the Office for t
r is through the
Catskill Center for Inde
connection for clients
long term services and supports.
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
5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course
CDL-A Restricted 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.
Diploma Program Expands
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
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.
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.
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
opportunities for you
take the exam throughout 2018
Applications are due by the Friday before the scheduled exam date. Applications must be complete
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
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.
College Scholarship Program for Child Care Workers
NYS Child Welfare Worker Incentive Scholarship Program
awards for child welfare workers employed
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.
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: http://www.ed2go.com/delhi/
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,
For information on how to enroll in these programs, please contact Heather Montgomery, BSN, RN, Coordinator of Health Occupations at email@example.com.
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.
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 Outreach@delhi.edu for registration information.
ONC Practical Nursing
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, or call her at (607) 287-0036. Visit the website at www.lvosc.org.
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 old.
This 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**
- 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.
|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."
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
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.
Businesses, for help recruiting Veterans, or if seeking information about hiring Veterans with disabilities
, contact your nearest CDO Workforce Center or call
|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
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.
|USDA Seeks Applications for Technical Assistance & Training Grants
USDA Seeks Applications for
Technical Assistance and Training Grants
accepting applications for grants to
help rural communities develop locally-based solutions and
access financial resources to
build economic prosperity.
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.
|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 dependents. ABAWDs must meet special work requirements, in addition to the general work requirements, to maintain their eligibility.
--From the USDA Food & Nutrition Service
|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 view/download the registration form,
|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.
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