Chenango-Delaware-Otsego County Workforce

June 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! 

An American Job Center

CDO Workforce Workshops

CDO Workforce Offers FREE Workshops Every Month!

Assistance with creating your unemployment GOV ID, creating an email account, completing online applications and any other online assistance needed for your job search.

Learn about different resume styles with an emphasis on what works and what doesn't work. Learn what employers look for in a resume. This workshop will give you the tools to fine tune your current resume or create a new one.

LinkedIn is the largest professional networking site available today. See how it can help you reinvent your job search. You will walk away with a basic understanding of how LinkedIn works, along with how to make an all-star rated profile to expand your network and connect you to employers.

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.

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 & Staff News


CDO Workforce Attends the Otsego County Chamber Job Fair

On Saturday, April 14th, CDO Workforce joined some 49 area businesses showcased at the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce 2018 Job Fair. The Job Fair was held in Oneonta at Foxcare Center.

CDO Workforce's Alan Sessions was interviewed at the Job Fair, along with some of the other business representatives there

To watch the video on Facebook, click here

Photo  & Video Courtesy: Directive Technology

BEAM Success Story:
BEAM Enrollee Graduates with Honors

Chenango County BEAM participant Eric Foster graduated with honors from Morrisville State College, Norwich Campus

He has received an A.A.S. degree in Individual Studies with an emphasis in Business Administration. 

Eric is looking forward to securing employment in the Norwich area.


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.  

Rotary District Governor Zoe Van Der Meulen, left, and husband Rik, a Unadilla Rotarian, cross the finish line of Rotary's 'End Polio Now' 5K run and walk, held May 20th on the SUNY Oneonta campus. Photo Courtesy of The Daily Star.

WDB Chair Zoe Van Der Meulen Runs to Eradicate Polio

Zoe Van Der Meulen, Workforce Development Board (WDB) Chair, recently participated in Rotary's 5K run to "End Polio Now." 

The run took place on May 20th at the State University College at Oneonta. Some 39 entrants increased awareness for polio eradication and raised about $800

Members from clubs in Bainbridge, Cortland, Milford, Trumansburg, Schenevus- Worcester, Sherburne and  Unadilla participated. 

Funds raised will be matched "two to one" by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Van Der Meulen says that Rotarians have raised an estimated $1.6 billion toward immunization and prevention since 1989.

BEAM Success Story:
BEAM Helps Single Father Return to School

"When I was 20 (almost 8 years ago now) I dropped out of college and had no plans on returning. I had no idea of the repercussions dropping out would have nor was I concerned about ever returning to school if I ever wanted to go back," says BEAM participant Ramon Velez. 

After becoming a single father, Ramon changed his mind.

"These people are great, wonderful beings who are here to help as long as you have the drive to help yourself," says Ramon.


CDO Workforce Holds
'Disclose Your Disability to Your Employer' Workshop

On May 15th, CDO Workforce , Disability Resource Coordinators, Kathy DeAngelo and Alan Sessions presented the first "Disclose Your Disability to Your Employer" workshop.

This workshop informed participants  about their rights as protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act.  Discussion included your right to choose if you want to disclose, when to disclose, how to disclose, and how to request an accommodation.  

This Workshop was attended by eight participants and six CDO Workforce Staff. All felt it was an extremely informative and beneficial workshop. 
The next workshop will be offered at the Oneonta CDO Workforce Center on Monday, June 18, 2018, at 2 PM and the Norwich CDO Workforce Center on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at 2 PM.  

To schedule to attend this workshop, please see a staff person at the CDO Workforce Center or call for more information.

Lisa Doland, Department of Labor 

Tom Davis from Astrocom

CDO Workforce Co-Hosts the Job & Resource Fair at

Some 60 Businesses and schools attended the Career and Job Fair held on May 23rd at DCMO BOCES in Sidney Center, NY. The event was co-sponsored by CDO Workforce, Masonville, Delaware Chamber, Delaware County Economic Development and IDA.

The event started with lunch prepared by Culinary Students, and afterward, tours providing overviews of BOCES programs. 

Students from BOCES and area schools met with businesses to discuss summer and "permanent" employment opportunities and colleges to find out about programs offered. 

The Job Fair was open to the public after the students met with area businesses and colleges.

Photos Courtesy Maggie Gilbert

Success Story: 
Out-of-School Youth Complete Leadership Development Training

Five participants in the Out-of-School (OOS) Youth Program completed the Leadership Development Training at CDO Workforce on May 21, 2018. 

Leadership Development Training is a four-day course designed to teach students skills and build knowledge on how to become a leader, both in employment and the community

Students learn all aspects of business and build a plan that aligns with their career and educational goals

The class is run by owner and founder of DHSheldon and Associates LLC, Donald Sheldon

The class is only available to participants of the OOS Youth Program and students who graduate earn a $50 incentive check.


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 Updates

Employers: Are you eligible for the Empire State Apprenticeship Tax Credit Program? 
To learn more, click here.  

Major Incentive Available!

To  better respond to industry workforce demands , NYSDOL is making up to
$4.1 million available to businesses until  April 30, 2019 , in order to e xpand and diversify Registered Apprenticeships (RA) .
The New York State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant offers eligible companies up to $5,000 per apprentice for training and/or associated costs .
This funding will cover costs associated with training apprentices through RA , such as Related instruction, On-the-Job training, books, and tools.
Please email us to find out how we can help!

Have you seen AAI's apprenticeship videos?

AAI has  two apprenticeship videos - One video is geared toward people that are considering becoming apprentices, while the other video is geared toward businesses that are considering setting up an apprenticeship program.

The videos illustrate what the "modern day" apprenticeship looks like-- and advantages of apprenticeships, for both businesses and potential apprentices.

Have a look & Please share them with your friends!

AAI has a newsletter! 

If you would like to  receive the 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!

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 see how we can help!

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 

The Bridge to Employment and Academic Marketplace (BEAM) Program is looking for you!

Are you:

19 years of age or older? 

Do you live within 
Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Broome, Tioga or Tompkins Counties?  

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?  

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

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. Examples of effective return-to-work strategies include offering the opportunity to work part time, telecommuting, modifying work duties, modifying schedules, and implementing reasonable accommodations to provide employees with the tools and resources they need to carry out their responsibilities.

Efforts such as these can help employees return to work sooner, even while still recovering. This allows the employee to protect their earning power while at the same time boosting the organization's productivity. Furthermore, in many instances, the ability to return to work after injury or illness plays an important role in the employee's actual recovery process.

What are some of the conditions that cause disability and long-term absence from work? They include illnesses like cancer, heart disease and diabetes, but also mental health conditions, back pain, arthritis and injuries. Every worker has a probability of acquiring a disability or illness that hinders their ability to work. Of course, not all of these are work-related injuries and thus not all are covered by workers' compensation.

Fortunately, accommodations for employees returning to work are highly cost effective, with most incurring little or no expense at all. Data collected by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) over the years reveal that more than half of accommodations cost employers nothing. Of those that do cost, the typical one-time expenditure is $600 - an expenditure that most employers report recouping many times over in the form of increased productivity and the savings associated with not having to recruit, hire and train a new employee. In fact, 74 percent of employers who implemented accommodations rated them as either "very effective" or "extremely effective."

To learn more and view or download resources, click here

Job Seeking Tips

Tips for Job Seekers: LinkedIn

Veterans Tip of the Month

CDO Workforce Social Media Sharing
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What Job Skill is Most Lacking in the U.S.?

What Job Skill Is Most Lacking in the U.S.? 
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Has a Surprising Answer

"American employees are lacking (sort of) one surprising skill. Here are some keys to moving it to the strength side of the ledger..."

To read the article, click here

Community Events

The Salvation Army Kids Summer Camp

Who? Boys & Girls ages 6-12

Where? Long Point Camp, Penn Yan, NY

When? Bainbridge bus - July 11th-16th &
Norwich bus July 26th - 31st.

Boating, Fishing, Arts & Crafts, Sports, Games, Ropes Course, Music, Swim, Fun!

To view the flyer,  click here.

For more information, visit:

To Register:
Contact or call Fawn 607-371-1885 or the CV Free Methodist Church at 607-334-3073

Safe Summer Fun Day

Sponsored by Chenango County Alcohol & Drug Services & Morrisville's Liberty Partnerships Program.

Where: Kurt Beyer Park
95 Cortland St., Norwich, NY

When: Friday, June 15, 2018, from 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Events plus free prizes, sno cones, hot dogs, popcorn & Chobani Yogurt!

To find out more or to download the brochure, click here

Medicare Plans Seminar 

Excellus BCBS will present a Medicare Plans Seminar at 10:00 AM on June 7th, 2018.

Where: Commerce Chenango, 15 S. Broad St., Norwich, NY

Explore Medicare plan options with a licensed Medicare advisor at this free, no obligation event. Register online at or call 877-406-8562.

The Arc of Delaware County Presents at Delaware Chamber 

Delaware County FoodWorks+
27905 State Highway 28 
Andes, NY 13731 

When: First Friday Eat & Meet Membership Breakfast,  Friday, June 1, 2018, from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM.

The Arc of Delaware County Employment Director  Doug Anderson will give a presentation detailing tax breaks and other financial incentives available to Delaware County businesses that hire employees transitioning from "sheltered workshops" into the county's mainstream workforce.

The Arc of Delaware County   exists so that people with disabilities will live personally fulfilling lives. The Arc of Delaware County advocates for the growth, health, safety and welfare of the people they serve with prompt, positive, whole-life, goal-oriented response to needs.
To learn more about The Arc of Delaware County, click here
To learn more about the event or to register, click here

Skywarn Storm Spotter Training

Where: Official City of Norwich Fire Department
31 E Main St, Norwich, New York 13815

When: Monday, June 4 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Skywarn is a year-round spotter program for the National Weather Service. 

To take the class you must first take the basic Skywarn, which is available online at:

The goal is to train you how to accurately report severe weather to NWS, ranging from snowfall measurements, to severe weather (hail, wind, tornadoes, flooding). They o ffer a Basic SKYWARN and an Advanced SKYWARN in the spring/early summer season, and a Basic Winter SKYWARN in the fall. 

For Advanced classes it's required that you have attended (1) previous SKYWARN classes in the past 3 years. This can include either the spring or winter version. 

The training is provided at no-charge. Register online at:

For Skywarn questions, email David Nicosia at

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

For disabled man who inspires others, 'Be not afraid' is a way of life

Article from the Watertown Daily Times:
For disabled man who inspires others, 'Be not afraid' is a way of life

"Imagine you are 5 years old," Mr. Ganter said, " (are) legally blind, have a developmental disability, live in an abusive family situation and are being taken out of the home and sent to a school setting nine months out of the year."

Imagine making the decision at the age of 7 that it is better to stay in school than come home, because of the home environment, he said.

Imagine, Mr. Ganter said, of having such " pent up frustration and reacting behaviorally and being transferred to a state institution for five years - and then other institutions, state hospitals for a number of years."

Imagine, he said, someone overcoming such obstacles and becoming a community leader like David did. He "never gave up," Mr. Ganter said.

It all left many people wondering: Who is this David? And how did he overcome such obstacles?"

To read the article, click here

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

When:  June 21st, 10:00 AM - Noon

Where:  Norwich CDO Workforce Center
1 O'Hara Drive, Norwich, NY
607-334-2201 ext. 123

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

Robynwood Adult Home Seeks Volunteers
Robynwood Adult Home is looking for Weekend Volunteers

Robynwood Assisted Living Community is looking for volunteers to take residents for walks, sit and talk, run outdoor games, or share one of your talents.

Where:  42 Walnut St, Oneonta NY

When: Weekends

If you are interested, please contact Brianne Thompson at 607-432-6387 or email her at

To learn more about Robynwood, 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:
For Youth: Summer Jobs Available 

Delaware County Summer Youth Employment Program

Do you know a youth between the ages of 14-20 that lives in Delaware County and needs a summer job? We can help! 

With the increase in minimum wage it is harder than ever for young people to compete with adults for summer employment opportunities. Delaware County CDO Workforce offers a Summer Employment Program for Delaware County youth ages of 14-20 who are interested in a summer jobs in their own communities.

A summer job can help youth to earn money for college or that first car, explore fields of interest, and learn valuable life skills to help them build a bright future.

T his program enables youth to participate in valuable paid work experiences and educational workshops.

Complete applications must be received by June 8th. There are income eligible and non-income eligible slots available. Apply today as opportunities are limited.

To download the application, click here. (Applications are also available in your local high school Guidance office and both the Delhi and Sidney CDO Workforce offices.)

Please DO NOT return the applications to the school. Return completed applications to the Sidney or Delhi CDO Workforce Office:

Sidney CDO Workforce, 21 Liberty St., SIdney, NY - Phn: 607-832-5776 - Fax: 607-832-6075

Delhi CDO Workforce, 1 Gallant Ave., Delhi, NY - Phn: 607-832-5777 - Fax: 607-832-6078

If you have any questions, please contact:
April Feyh
CDO Workforce
21 Liberty Street
Sidney, NY 13838
Phone: 607-832-5776 Fax: 607-832-6075

Chenango County Summer Youth Employment Program

The Christian Neighborhood Center of Norwich, Inc., dba The Place will be signing a contract with the Chenango County Department of Social Services to once again run the Chenango County Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), a program of New York State's Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). 

SYEP is slated to run July 2nd through August 3rd, providing youth ages 14 to 20 years of age, from TANF eligible households with v aluable work experience and a much-needed paycheck

Youth will work part-time, five days a week and will not only have the opportunity to gain work experience, but they will also be provided with training opportunities including resume writing, professionalism in the workplace, interviewing tips, and financial literacy. 

For more information about the program and how to participate, please contact John Quattrocchi at 607-336-9696 x109.
Save the Date! 2018 Health Care Job Fair

Save the Date! 2018 Health Care Job Fair

When: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Where: The American Legion 29 Sheldon Street,  Norwich, NY 13815

There is NO FEE for employer participation. Table, chairs & electric will be provided. The doors will open at noon to allow employers to set up.

Space for this event is limited, therefore they will only be accepting employers with CURRENT job openings. Deadline to register is June 11, 2018.

To download the business registration form, click here.

To download the event flyer, click here

Opportunities for Otsego: Home Repair Program

Opportunities for Otsego Home Repair Program

In partnership with The City of Oneonta, Opportunities for Otsego offers financial assistance to low-to-moderate income homeowners to make necessary repairs to address aged, deficient, and unsafe home conditions. Homes must be owner-occupied, single family and be located within  The City of Oneonta*.  

Applicants must be current on mortgage payments, property and school taxes, and homeowner/flood insurance paymentsFunds are available on a first-approved, first-served basis, with disabled and elderly homeowners given priority. Opportunities for Otsego expects to assist approximately twenty-one (21) homeowners until all funds are expended

They may provide:
  • Between $30,000-$36,000 in a deferred loan to complete necessary repairs. Amount of the award is dependent on the scope of work to be completed on individual homes and program funds available.
  • Home energy audits and safety assessments.
  • Development of a home repair work scope and cost estimates.
  • Assistance to homeowners to obtain and review contractor estimates.
  • Linkages to homeowner education, lending institutions, and community support services 
  • Connection to home energy conservation and assistance programs (e.g. WeatherizationNYSERDA)
Get help today:
  • Call 607.433.0444, extension 101
  • Visit their offices at 3 West Broadway, Oneonta
  • Download an application and submit to Opportunities for Otsego: Home Repair Program - 3 West Broadway - Oneonta, NY  13820.  To expedite the approval process, please submit all required documentation with the application. 
For more information about this program, including income eligibility, click here

Funded by NYS Homes & Community Renewal(HCR); Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC).
Administered in Partnership with The City of Oneonta, Community Development Office.

*  If you live outside The City of Oneonta, you may be able to obtain assistance through programs administered through  Otsego Rural Housing Assistance , the  Otsego County Planning Department , or one of the housing programs administered by USDA Rural Development. For more information, visit their website or call the Rural Development office at 518.295.8600 ext 4.
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."

Programs in Oneonta start in June. 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 Announces New Training 
in Healthcare Occupations 

DCMO BOCES is excited to announce the return of it's Licensed Practical Nursing Program this fall.
The anticipated start date for LPN is Sept. 5, 2018. For information on how to enroll in the program, please contact Heather Montgomery, BSN, RN, Coordinator of Health Occupations at

For more information, click here.

NY Junior Dairy Leaders Program

The " Junior DAIRY LEADER" program is intended to reach youth between the ages of 16-19 who have an interest in exploring careers in the dairy industry and would like to gain hands-on experience

The program consists of a series of workshops that focus on specific facets of the dairy industry -- veterinary science,
dairy nutrition, and production management.

Other opportunities include:
* Representing New York State at National 4-H Dairy Conference - Madison, Wisconsin
* On-Farm Production Analysis
* Resume Development for Internship Opportunities
* Public Presentations with the Use of Computer Technology
* Northeast Agricultural Tour
* Wisconsin Agricultural Tour
* Regional Seminars

Applications for this program are due to Debbie Grusenmeyer, Program Leader, no later than June 30th.
For eligibility requirements & application, click here

For more information about the program, click here

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 I is June 25 - July 13 and Session II is
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.


Chobani Offers Scholarships:
The Farmers' Museum Junior Livestock Show 
Chobani Agricultural Leader Scholarships

Scholarships Overview
"At Chobani, we believe that How Matters, especially when it comes to agricultural practices. That's why we are excited to recognize young leaders whom we believe embody the How Matters spirit."

The Farmers' Museum's Chobani Agricultural Leader Scholarships are for youth who demonstrate a passion for agriculture, animals and farming, and will be participating at this year's 68th Annual Junior Livestock Show. This person must also display an excitement to expand their existing knowledge on the processes of farming and leadership.

Senior Scholarships
These scholarships will be awarded to participants, age 15 to 18. It is designed to help advance a youth's path to becoming local farmers and encourage leadership skills, personal growth and practical knowledge through further education, the purchase of new equipment or livestock, or other agricultural training opportunities.

Junior Scholarships
These scholarships will be awarded to participants, age 8 to 14. This scholarship is designed to help youth grow as farmers, whether it is further education, a start-up farm, purchasing a first animal or attending an agricultural camp.

To learn more about these scholarships and how to apply, click here
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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
Down Syndrome Entrepreneur Speaks at Congressional Hearing
Down Syndrome Entrepreneur John Cronin
Speaks at Congressional Hearing on 
Hiring People with Developmental Disabilities

On May 9, 2018,  John Cronin and his father, Mark X. Cronin, co-founders of John's Crazy Socks, testified  before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business

John is a 22-year-old man with Down syndrome. At the hearing titled " Ready, Willing, and Able to Work: How Small Businesses Empower People with Developmental Disabilities," the Cronins spoke of how employing individuals with disabilities has contributed to the success of their small business

The two men also addressed the ways our outdated laws force people with disabilities to choose between work and benefits and thus provide a disincentive to employment

John Cronin said, " Every day, we work to show what is possible and I am excited to tell the members of Congress about my business and the work my colleagues do." 

Founded in December 2016, John's Crazy Socks has grown to ship over 98,000 orders and to earn $3.7 million in revenue. The business has created 33 jobs, 15 of which are held by people with differing ability.

To read the entire article, click here
To read the hearing testimony of John & others, 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

Senate Passes 2018 Jobs & Opportunity Agenda

NYS Senate Passes 2018 Jobs and Opportunity Agenda

The Senate recently approved the Jobs and Opportunity Agenda, a package of tax, regulatory, and economic development reforms "that will help make New York more competitive and foster job growth at a time when the state's private sector faces widespread obstacles to success." 

"The package of bills passed today will r educe the state's excessively high tax burden on businesses, remove regulatory barriers to growth, and invest in workforce development initiatives that provide better jobs," said  Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan.

Senator Amedore, Chair of the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development said, " A skilled workforce is a crucial component to a strong, vibrant economy, so it's important to invest in opportunities to prepare and educate our future generations for employment. Workforce development initiatives, combined with cutting the red tape and cost of doing business in New York, will provide better opportunities to attract new businesses and allow our existing businesses to grow and thrive ."

To learn more, click here
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Happy June!
CDO Workforce Career Center| (607) 432-4800  |
 12 Dietz Street   Oneonta, NY 13820