July 2020
News & Opportunities
Workforce News - Funding - Virtual Workshops and Events - And More!
Who We Are
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 businesses and job seekers. Please visit our website for an overview of our services-- and contact us to find out how we can help! 

An American Job Center
There is never a charge for our services.
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CDO Workforce & Partner News
CDO Workforce
"We're Here For You."

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

CDO Workforce Announces New Website
for Job Seekers with a Disability
CDO Workforce and the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Announces the
“Your Dream, Your Team” Website
A Toolkit to Help Job Seekers with Disabilities

The new website was created as a result of the Disability Employment Initiative grant. The goal is to improve career pathways outcomes for youth with disabilities through career training, employment, and supportive services.

The Your Dream, Your Team website was developed as a resource to improve career exploration and employment for job seekers with disabilities, with an emphasis on outcomes for youth with disabilities (ages 14-24).

Your Dream, Your Team was developed by CDO Workforce, Hempstead Works, Tompkins County Workforce, and Change Impact with guidance from the DEI team at the New York State Department of Labor.

The website offers useful tools, guidance, forms, and other resources to support job seekers with disabilities and the individuals and organizations who support them, including community-based organizations, employment counselors, Disability Resource Coordinators, and parents who want to introduce their child to a career pathway and prepare them for a stable, long-term career.
The site also offers a variety of resources for businesses that are designed to help businesses learn how to be more inclusive and support employees with disabilities.

We welcome your feedback to help us make improvements. Please share widely to help us get the word out about this valuable resource, and when possible please include a link to the Your Dream, Your Team on your website. We appreciate your help! Check out:  http://www.yourdreamyourteam.com
Free Learning Opportunity
Free Online Skills Training
Don't miss this valuable opportunity

Metrix Learning® is available for free to all businesses and residents of Chenango, Delaware, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, and Otsego, NY, Counties.

This comprehensive online self-paced learning platform offers more than 5,000 Soft Skills, Business, IT and other courses that can help set you up for success.

  • Gain new skills
  • Keep current skills fresh
  • Help your resume stand out
  • Prepare you for re-entry into a new job market

Along with online skills training, the platform also offers career exploration tools, career pathways, job search tools, and assessments, giving job seekers a clear picture of where they are and what skills they need to gain to get them where they want to be.

"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 which will make it easier to qualify and be hired for in demand jobs," says Disability Resource Coordinator Alan Sessions.

Alice Savino, Executive Director, Herkimer, Madison and Oneida and
Chenago, Delaware and Otsego Workforce Boards
Alice Savino, Executive Director Herkimer, Madison and Oneida and Chenago, Delaware and Otsego Workforce Boards, Elected to NYATEP Board
Ms. Savino will serve as an At-Large member

"Our membership in NYATEP has been an invaluable resource for our area over the years but it takes on even more importance in these changing/challenging times," Ms. Savino said.

"This is a critical time for our workforce institutions as a result of a rapidly changing economy and the demands of a pandemic on businesses and our workforce, but also as a result of significant funding decreases. I look forward to working with all of the NYATEP membership and leaders to find and explore new solutions."

The newly elected members will serve until 2022, and join the current Regional Vice Presidents and Partner Members.

Photo courtesy NYATEP
CDO Workforce COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 and Reopening Resources for Businesses and Job Seekers
We've added more COVID-19 Resources to our CDO Workforce website!

We add more resources frequently. You can subscribe to receive updates. Click the email icon at the top of the page, and type in your email address.

Unemployment Benefits
Fraud Prevention

U.S. Department of Labor offers fraud prevention resources to enhance the integrity of unemployment insurance programs.

Returning to Work, Work Search and Unemployment Insurance

As regions across New York State begin their phased reopening, many New Yorkers who are unemployed will be able to return to their jobs. Also, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, work search requirements have been modified.

Workforce Events & Opportunities
Are you actively participating in any of these certificate or degree programs?
• High School Equivalency or National EDP 
• Advanced Manufacturing
• Healthcare
• The Trades
The Career Pathways III Program wants to help you!
Eligible participants can receive up to $1000 in supportive services after obtaining their program certificate.
(Note: 60 hours of classroom time is required for eligibility. Must meet residency, age & income requirements.)
Summer Jobs for Youth

A summer job is the first, best tool to learn how to develop job and career skills.

CDO Workforce Career System can help you look for a summer job!

CDO Workforce Mentoring Services

In collaboration with the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, CDO Workforce now provides mentoring services to eligible participants of the Out-Of-School Youth Program, as well as youth with a disability (ages 16 to 24).

CareerScope: Aptitude
and Interest Assessments

DYK that CDO offers aptitude and interest assessments for all job seekers, including youth with disabilities, veterans and other underserved populations?

TEAS LPN Pre-Entrance Exam

DCMO BOCES is accepting applications for their next Licensed Practical Nursing Program beginning in September 2020!  The exam will take place on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 9 AM – 1 PM.

Your first step in the application process is to take a TEAS pre-entrance exam. Program Application & Exam fee is $75.

Please contact Heather Montgomery, BSN, RN at montgomh@dcmoboces.com for further information or details on signing up for the exam.
Notice: The Mohawk Valley Wheels for Work program has ended. At this time they don’t anticipate further funding.

Please remove any promotional materials you may have on your website and advise customers this program has ended.

Thank you!
CDO Workforce Job Search Link

Search job opportunities across six counties in real-time on our Job Search Link!

Go to our homepage and click " Search Local Job Opportunities" near the top of the page to get started-- or you can click here for the direct link: https://www.working-solutions.org/#jobsearch
Spotlight on Workers with Disabilities
CDO Workforce Seeks Adults, Youth and Youth with Disabilities
Who Want to Explore Careers

Use the Virtual Job Shadow Program in the comfort of your own home.

The software program is designed to help:

1. Improve awareness about careers

2. Assessment of personal interests, skills and talents

3. Discover what jobs match your interests and talents

4. Learn about those careers through watching videos

5. Discover the education and training necessary to enter these career fields

5. How to apply for jobs that match your interests and talents

For more information or to sign-up, please e-mail your contact information to: cdoworkforce@gmail.com
ABLE Accounts Help People with Disabilities Invest in Their Future Financial Health

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

To learn more, visit the ABLE National Resource Center: www.ablenrc.org or e-mail Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC) Alan Sessions at cdoworkforce@gmail.com or
DRC Kathy DeAngelo at deangelok@otsegocounty.com
National Disability Institute (NDI) Keys to Financial Freedom Podcast Series

NDI's Center for Disability-Inclusive Community Development’s (CDICD) Keys to Financial Inclusion podcast series brings awareness to disability-inclusive community development.

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

...And please Like & Share to help us get the word out about this great resource...Thank you!
Tips & Resources for Job Seekers
Cover Letter Format & Writing Tips

Skills Matcher

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Featured Business
Congratulations, Raymond Corporation!

The Raymond Corporation has been named a 2020 Top Green Provider by Food Logistics Magazine, recognizing their ability to provide innovative systems and advanced energy solutions that provide ways to optimize operations and bring warehouse and distribution operations to a new level of performance.

The Raymond Corporation has also been named Achieve / CWS Company of the Year for over 50 years of partnership.

Business & Community Resources
Resources & Workforce News


  • New Law Provides IDA’s with Flexibilty to Support Covid Response
  • Resources for Youth Training Providers
  • Report: The Business Case for Racial Equity: A Strategy for Growth
  • and much more...

The Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division issued new Field Assistance Bulletins, providing guidance on:

• When school is considered “in session” for federal child labor requirements
• Eligibility for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act based on the closure of summer camps, summer enrichment programs, or other summer programs

OSHA Return-to-Work Guidance

New OSHA guidance is available to help employers reopening non-essential businesses and their employees stay safe during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. These general workplace safety and health principles update restrictions originally put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

City of Oneonta Small Business
COVID-19 Investment Funds/Micro Enterprise Grants

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Guide to
PPP Loan Forgiveness

New EZ and Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program

Do You Have Questions About Health Insurance?

Call: Kelly Ames, Fidelis Care Community Relations Specialist

Fidelis Care offers quality, affordable health insurance for qualifying children and adults of all ages through Qualified Health Plans and the New York State-sponsored Child Health Plus, Essential Plan, and Medicaid programs.
WIC Income Guidelines Changed

The Federal WIC Income Guidelines have changed and are effective through June 30, 2021.

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthcare referrals, and nutritious foods to eligible families.

If you are interested in applying for WIC in Delaware county, please visit https://delawareopportunities.org/apply-for-wic or call (607) 746-1700.

Grow-NY Competition

A Competition for
Food and Agriculture Innovation

"Grow-NY is an unprecedented food and agriculture business competition that identifies, supports, and funds the top food, beverage, and agriculture innovations across the globe. The competition includes a $1 million top prize, mentorship, training, business development support, and tax incentives."

Applications are open from March 31 – July 15, 2020.

CDO Workforce Program & Incentive Highlights
**In-Person Workshops are suspended at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to serve job seekers and businesses by email, phone, and online.
On-The-Job Training
The CDO Workforce New York One-Stop System has On-the-Job Training (OJT) Funds available. 

The OJT funding provides companies with an incentive to hire and train individuals who lack the specific skills or experience for a job. 

OJT is appropriate for occupations where classroom training is not suitable and for which specific job skills can be learned by a worker while engaged in useful work. 

This program is for full-time (at least 32 hours per week) employment and cannot be used for seasonal, commission, or 1099 employment opportunities.
Business OJT users apply their own methods to teach workers the new skills necessary for successful employment within their company, while the trainee is performing productive tasks. 

OJT contracts can be written up to $2,000 per trainee depending on amount of training provided.
For more information regarding grants and other CDO Workforce Business Servicescontact:  Tylena Daniels at (607)-334-2201 X 128 /   Tylena.Daniels@labor.ny.gov  OR April Feyh at  (607)-832-5782 /   april.feyh@co.delaware.ny.us
New Hire Training and Existing Employee Training
New Hire Training (OJT): Intended to fund the on-the-job occupational skills training for newly hired workers in need of skill upgrade training for their job responsibilities immediately after hire.

Training that is provided under OJT is to participants who have been hired by the business. There should be a commitment by the business to retain the individual upon successful completion of the training.

Existing Employee Training (EET): Intended to provide occupational skills training to existing employees who are in low and middle-skills occupations, leading to job advancement and retention.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact:
David Croston
Business Services Representative
New York State Department of Labor
(607) 778-3004 / david.croston@labor.ny.gov
New York Youth Jobs Program
The New York Youth Jobs Program encourages businesses to hire unemployed, disadvantaged youth, ages 16 to 24, who live in New York State. This program helps make it easier for youth to find a job and career training path.

For program year 2020, businesses can earn tax credits of up to $7,500 for eligible youth starting work between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
Businesses in Chenango, Delaware or Otsego County who would like to participate in this program must apply before November 30, 2020.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact:
David Croston, Business Services Representative
New York State Department of Labor
(607) 778-3004
Trailing Partner Initiative
Dear Regional Employer Partner,

Have you ever had the experience of having the perfect recruit apply for a position with your company only to have the prospective employee decide to reject your offer due to concerns about opportunities both personal and professional for their partner?

Let us help you negotiate that dilemma.

With our extensive knowledge of local businesses, schools and non-profits we will often be able to suggest that place where a partner might find that “perfect fit” based on their skills, experiences and personal goals. We are in contact with regional employers every day and find that middle management and executive level jobs often go unadvertised locally due to the perception that there is no one to fill them. We also find that employers will create a job if presented with someone with a set of skills that can improve their business.

Together we can turn this problem into an opportunity!

For additional information please contact Maggie Gilbert, CDO Workforce at (607) 832-5781 or maggie.gilbert@co.delaware.ny.us 
CDO Workforce Disability Employment Resources
Programs & Learning
Bassett Healthcare

ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to prepare for, achieve and maintain employment through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development
More Resources
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Happy July!
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