July 2021
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Happy Independence Day!
CDO Workforce Office Hours Independence Day (Observed)

All CDO Workforce offices will be closed on Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.

Grant Opportunities
CDO Workforce/Partner News
CDO Workforce's First Online Job Fair A Success!

CDO Workforce partnered with Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Commerce Chenango, and Delaware County Chamber of Commerce for its first-ever Virtual Career Fair, which was held on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021. The event focused on industries that are in high demand, including: Healthcare, Hospitality, Tourism, Manufacturing and more! Some 57 local Chenango, Delaware and Otsego County businesses participated in the job fair, with 145 job seekers registered to attend.

"CDO Workforce is excited to be organizing our first Virtual Job Fair,” said Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC) Alan Sessions before the event. “We are looking forward to bringing job seekers and businesses together to talk about employment opportunities and workers' skill sets. We have gone through a difficult time of social and professional isolation. Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and get back to work. There are plenty of good paying jobs and a skilled workforce ready to go - a perfect combination that benefits both businesses and job seekers."

CDO Workforce utilized Premier Virtual, a U.S.-based, Veteran-owned job fair platform that provides an easy-to-use job fair simulation, enabling real-time interaction between recruiters and candidates, including video chat. Exhibitors were provided a customizable exhibitor booth equipped with high-resolution avatars, and special buttons to share video content, web-links, job vacancies, company overviews, the ability to hold instant interviews and more.

During the event job seekers were able to view each company’s job openings and company profiles, and submit their resumes to jobs they were interested in, and chat with one-on-one with recruiters.

In a post-event survey, both businesses and job seekers said they found the platform easy to use and would definitely participate in future events.

Be on the look-out for future CDO Workforce virtual job fairs!
Jerry Kreiner & Barb Hollings - New CDO Workforce Youth Counselors
Chenango County CDO Workforce has 2 New Youth Counselors -
Jerry Kreiner and Barb Hollings!

A little about Jerry Kreiner:

“I am an Employment & Training Counselor with the Chenango County office of Employment & Training. I started in January 2017 and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it so far. Without divulging my age, I can offer our customers, Youth and Adults, many years of experience to assist them in navigating their career planning and options. My experience has allowed me to build an extensive network of people. I lead workshops such as Job Searching, Basic Computer Skills, and Professional (Soft) Skills. I look forward to serving our areas Youth even more as I take on the role of Youth Counselor.”

Jerry Kreiner can be reached at 607-334-2201, ext. 111, Jerry.kreiner@dfa.state.ny.us

A little about Barb Hollings:

"I am an Employment & Training Counselor with the Chenango County Office of Employment & Training. I began my adventure with OET in April 2016. Prior to joining OET I worked with traumatized youth at Stillwater RTF (now Hillside) throughout their numerous steps back and then the many steps forward. While the work was often tough it was also rewarding, and it has helped me to gain valuable experience that I have been able to utilize at OET working with adults and youth seeking employment, training skills, or just an ear to listen while exploring their career options. I have co-lead workshops such as Basic Computer Skills and Professional (Soft) Skills and have enjoyed working with participants in these workshops. I look forward to transitioning into the role of Youth Counselor and with helping our area’s Youth with their career goals."

Barb Hollings can be reached at 607-334-2201, ext. 125, Barbara.Hollings@dfa.state.ny.us
Virtual Youth Leadership Forum (VYLF)

AMPLIFY-NY is hosting a Virtual Youth Leadership Forum (VYLF) for young people ages 14-24 to speak up, build leadership and self-advocacy skills, and prepare to take on leadership roles.

"This peer-run forum brings opportunities to youth and gives the next generation of leaders the tools and support they need for success.

This VYLF is a FREE 6-day event (2.5 hours a day) that is presented in a fun, interactive and educational format through ZOOM with the support of peers along the way. We create a safe, youth friendly environment with plenty of fun activities to compliment the wealth of knowledge being learned!

We invite young leaders to join us to build upon leadership skills and become empowered with self-confidence and self-determination.

These peer-run forums are based on the California Model of Leadership Forums and are designed to educate and expand the leadership potential of youth with developmental/intellectual, and other disabilities.

Disability history & pride, strategic sharing, and systems advocacy are among the many things that youth learn during these forums. These skills are invaluable to youth and can aid them in all future endeavors such as employment, independence, and changing the world for the better."

More information and registration website is available at https://www.ftnys.org/ylf-reg/ 
WDB Announces Jennifer McGauley as Rural Healthcare Workforce 
Grant Project Director
Grant to Address Rural Healthcare Workforce Shortages in New York

Utica, NY – The Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Herkimer, Madison & Oneida Counties, Inc., announces that Jennifer McGauley will lead their Rural Healthcare Workforce grant as Project Director. The $2,500,000 grant was recently awarded via the U.S. Department of Labor to address rural healthcare workforce shortages in Central and Northern New York State.

Ms. McGauley has several years of experience in grant work with the Workforce Development Board, having previously served as the Contract Administrator for the organization. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Marist College and continued her education at Syracuse University College of Law. She obtained her Juris Doctorate and is a licensed attorney.

Ms. McGauley says she is excited to return to the WDB and looks forward to the opportunity to work with the rest of the staff to grow the healthcare workforce in Upstate New York.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for healthcare workers, particularly in rural areas where there was already an acute need. The grant aims to help individuals gain the skills necessary to provide needed services, fill vacancies, and allow employers to find skilled workers more readily.

“The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of our frontline and healthcare workers and the irreplaceable jobs that they hold,” says Ms. McGauley. “It also demonstrated the shortage of workers we have in crucial healthcare fields at all levels, from nurses to CNAs. We hope to help fill some of those shortages in the workforce with new individuals looking for employment in healthcare, and by helping current healthcare workers increase their credentials to move up the ladder into higher ranking jobs. We are lucky enough to have partnerships and support from numerous employers and training agencies across Central New York and the North Country, which will help us reach a broad audience of workers that we can assist in their employment goals.”

As part of this initiative, the grant aims to serve some 600 unemployed and underemployed residents across 17 counties, including Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Fulton, Montgomery, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Jefferson, Lewis, Warren, Washington, Essex, St. Lawrence, Hamilton, Franklin & Clinton Counties. The individuals served will receive training in a wide range of subject areas resulting in credentials, from micro-credentials to degrees, based on needs, abilities and experience, to place trainees in jobs where they can advance along career ladders.

Anyone with questions regarding the Rural Healthcare Grant can contact Jennifer at 315-207-6951, extension 117, or by email at jmcgauley@working-solutions.org.

Featured Job Opportunities
Literacy Volunteers of Otsego and Delaware Counties
Empowering People, Strengthening Community Through Literacy
Executive Director Search
As the chief administrator of the organization, the Executive Director has primary responsibility for managing the program, implementing its mission, and complying with New York State Education Department regulations. The Director also serves as Case Manager, in this role guiding students to needed social services. The Director, who serves as a principal representative to constituents and the public, reports to the Board of Directors.
Major Duties
1. Recruiting and overseeing the work of volunteer tutors in a welcoming climate that attracts, supports, motivates, and rewards them.
2. Overseeing tutor training in accordance with state and Literacy New York guidelines.
3. Recruiting students in our two-county area of service, processing intake paperwork, and matching them with appropriate tutors.
4. Developing and maintaining partnerships with other educational and social service agencies and with businesses to identify, recruit, and assist students in furthering their studies.
5. Developing and maintaining partnership with social service agencies, following State case management protocols for assisting students in need of such services.
6. Assuring that accurate records of student attendance are kept, that testing takes place in a timely manner, and that required reporting to the state and other agencies is carried out.
7. Monitoring program progress toward meeting annual goals required by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and by other funders, entering state data into NYSED databases.
8. Assisting the Board’s Program, Public Relations and Fundraising Committees to carry out their initiatives, including grant writing.
1. Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate field required with master’s degree preferred.
2. Successful experience in an administrative or management position.
3. Very strong communication skills (writing, speaking, presenting, dealing with the public), with experience in grant writing preferred.
4. Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
5. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision; ethical use of confidential information; integrity; and interest in learning new skills through research and training.
6. NYS driver’s license and dependable transportation for work-related travel.
To Apply and for More Information
• Please go their website, www.lvodc.org and click on the Executive Director Job Description tab.
Applications are due by July 12; position begins September 1.


FREE TRAINING!!!!!! US Care Systems - Personal Care Aides FT AND PT
US Care Systems seeks Personal Care Aides. START YOUR CAREER IN HEALTHCARE AS A PERSONAL CARE AIDE. FULL OR PART-TIME WORK WITH Free PCA training monthly with paid orientation.
Free ACD testing for individuals previously certified (CNA,PCA,HHA).
Flexible schedules, 24/7 support.
"If you are compassionate, dependable, and interested in making a difference in the lives of others, consider joining our team. Jobs in Oneonta area, with FREE TRAINING OFFERED! Workers with disabilities are encouraged to apply."
Duties for Personal Care Aide: To provide assistance with personal hygiene, dressing, eating, meal preparation and nutritional support. Completes light household tasks in order to maintain client's health and safety in his/her own environment. Performs related work as required.
Home care positions are usually Monday to Friday, day hours.
The requirements for Personal Care Aide: High School Diploma or Equivalent, successful completion of approved training. Ability to work as a team. Basic reading and writing skills, ability to understand and follow instructions. Able to perform tasks involving physical activity and lift up to 50lbs.
Shot Records, Pass physical exam - Pass Background Check (finger printing), 2 forms of ID - Job References - Reliable public or private transportation for home care jobs at clients' residences. Driver's License preferred, but not required.
Benefits available for full-time work include Health/Dental/Vision.
To apply pick-up an application at US Care Systems, 396 Chestnut St. in Oneonta. OR call 607-432-9355. FREE TRAINING IS AVAILABLE!
Job Location: Oneonta, New York
Pay: $12.50 Hourly
Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vacation
Hours per Week: 40
Duration: Full Time, Regular
Work Days: Monday thru Friday
Shift: First (Day)
Minimum Education Required: GED
To apply, contact the employer in person, by telephone, or by email:
Christina Rodriguez
396 Chestnut St
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 432-9355
DYK that CDO Workforce has a Custom Job Search Link on our website? You can search across 6 counties by location and/or job title. (Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Herkimer, Madison & Oneida counties.)

GO HERE and click "Search Local Job Opportunities"
Job Seekers Events & Opportunities
Summer Nurse Aide Course at

Registration is Open!

FREE Online Self-Paced Skills Training

Are you looking to:
  • increase your skills?
  • change industries or find a new career?
  • gain better employment?

This online skills training is a great opportunity for youth with disabilities and populations such as veterans, young adults, and dislocated workers to obtain work based knowledge that will make it easier to qualify and be hired for in demand jobs!

There are more than 5,000 self-paced courses to choose from. Some can be completed in 30 minutes or less!

Our Metrix online skills training platform is free for all businesses and job seekers in Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties!

Tips & Resources for Job Seekers
CDO Workforce
FREE Resume Critique

DYK you can send us your resume and we'll evaluate it for you for free?

Soft skills—what are they and how do you know if you have them?

FREE Virtual Workshops!

The New York State Department of Labor is offering free online virtual workshops.

>Transferable Skills
>Job Search
>And lots more!

"Find jobs in the healthcare industry. The need is great—
and so are you."

"Want to join one of the fastest growing fields in the country? One that fulfills your desire to care for others? If the answer is “yes,” then you could be pre-qualified for one of the hundreds of job and training opportunities available right now in the care industry.

www.caringgene.com is a healthcare recruitment website designed to enhance and facilitate awareness of, and interest in, careers in the healthcare sector; based on the premise that people working in the care field have an innate desire to work in an environment where taking care of others is a priority.

The care industry is a collection of services that work towards treating patients with curative, preventive and rehabilitative health issues. There are two larger sectors within the care industry: the hospital industry and the long term sector. The type of care a person requires depends on what health issue they are dealing with. Hospitals treat short term ailments such as surgeries or broken bones. Long term care focuses more on those who need assistance in day to day life such as elderly people or people with disabilities.

The care industry is one of the largest economic sectors, it is expected that about 2.4 million more jobs will be added to the care industry by 2029. This makes it rich with opportunity for those looking to find employment because of its job stability and the growing demand for workers. If you are interested in the healthcare industry please visit www.caringgene.com for career exploration, career pathways, training providers, and working conditions."
Spotlight on Workers with Disabilities
CDO Workforce's Disability Employment Initiative invites your organization to visit and use our Integrated Resource Team/Tool Kit Website: Your Dream, Your Team
The website, www.yourdreamyourteam.com is intended to support career exploration and employment outcomes of people with disabilities. It provides multiple features and guidance to ensure that these outcomes are achieved in ways that are accessible, including to people with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).
The resource includes assessments, career exploration tools, and a workbook designed to walk the user with a disability, as well as their “Dream Team,” through the research, planning, and decision-making process that is career development. The website also provides tools on how to set up and organize a Dream Team, including tools for setting financial goals, individualized next-steps, and communication planning.
"The goal of Your Dream, Your Team is to give person-centered planning teams access to reliable, consistent, evidence-based resources and strategies to lead meetings related to career exploration and development," says Disability Resource Coordinator Alan Sessions. "All materials were designed to be flexible, adaptable, and responsive to the needs and focus of each team, ensuring utility and applicability for all teams, even virtual ones.
"The five Workforce Centers (Oneonta, Sidney, Delhi, Hempstead, and Ithaca) have averaged about 75 meetings a year, using these resources or their predecessors. Preliminary results are anecdotal, but promising; teams have included the person with disability, family members, staff from community-based organizations, and government agencies."
ABLE Accounts

No matter where you reside, you can open an ABLE account in any state that accepts outside residents into their program.
Check out the ABLE three-state comparison tool HERE

Check out the latest ABLE newsletter - including answers to these questions:
>I did not receive a formal disability diagnosis until after age 26, am I ABLE-eligible?
>I did not know that a Roth IRA was a countable resource for Medicaid; can I deposit that into an ABLE account?
And more!

Have more questions about ABLE Accounts?
CDO Workforce can help!
ABLE accounts are a tax-advantaged savings account for individuals with disabilities.
Contact Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC) Alan Sessions at cdoworkforce@gmail.com or
DRC Kathy DeAngelo at deangelok@otsegocounty.com
Practical Solutions for Overcoming Accommodations barriers
Individuals with disabilities sometimes encounter barriers when requesting and negotiating accommodations at work. JAN experts discuss practical solutions for overcoming these barriers in the newly released webcast titled, Requesting and Negotiating Reasonable Accommodations. This JAN training is not only useful for individuals with disabilities and service providers, but also for employers who may benefit from learning about the employee side of the accommodation process.

JAN webcast: ADA Update
Date: Tuesday July 13, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern
Training Type: Remote Monthly Series Training
Join the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and JAN as representatives provided participants with the latest developments in the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the workplace, some practical tips for compliance, and answers to tough ADA questions.
CDO Workforce
Disability-Related Resources
Check out our helpful articles and resources for businesses about hiring workers with disabilities and for job seekers with a disability.
Integrated Resource Teams (IRT) can help job seekers with a disability along their career path. Visit our "Your Dream, Your Team" toolkit for information and free downloadable resources.

We invite you to Like our CDO Workforce Disability Employment Initiative Facebook Page - for more disability-related articles, news & resources
Business & Community News and Resources
Small Business Recovery
Grant Program

The New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program was created to provide flexible grant assistance to currently viable small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations in the State of New York who have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Navigating the Small Business Recovery Grant Program
Application Process

Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is offering an informational webinar, co-hosted with the Chamber Alliance of New York State, about how to apply, navigate and answer any questions you might have about the Small Business Recovery Grant program. Please sign up and learn more this Thursday, July 1, at 9:30am- it should be about a ½ hour presentation with Q&A.  

Topic: Navigating the NYS Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant program/application
Time: Jul 1, 2021 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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June was PTSD Awareness Month -
Understanding PTSD

PTSD Basics
PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. During this kind of event, you may not have any control over what's happening, and you may feel very afraid. Anyone who has gone through something like this can develop PTSD.
It's normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after a traumatic event (also called "trauma"). At first, it may be hard to do daily activities you are used to doing, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about. But most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months. For some people, PTSD symptoms may start later, or they may come and go over time.
If it's been longer than a few months and thoughts and feelings from the trauma are upsetting you or causing problems in your life, you may have PTSD.
Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. Some factors can increase the chance that someone will have PTSD, many of which are not under that person's control. For example, having a very intense or long-lasting traumatic event or getting injured during the event can make it more likely that a person will develop PTSD. PTSD is also more common after certain types of trauma, like combat and sexual assault.
Personal factors—like previous traumatic exposure, age, and gender—can affect whether or not a person will develop PTSD. What happens after the traumatic event is also important. Stress can make PTSD more likely, while social support can make it less likely.

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