Chenango-Delaware-Otsego County Workforce

March 2019
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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.

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

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.

* 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 your employment rights as protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Discussion will include your right to choose if you want to disclose your disability, when to disclose, how to disclose, and how to request an accommodation.

Are you interested in Civil Service but confused by the process? Learn how to locate job openings and listings for local cities, counties, and NYS. Receive test-taking tips and advice on preparing for an exam, review sample exam questions, obtain applications, fee waivers and cross-filer forms as well as 55a/b/c information.

Are you prepared? Receive information on how to prepare for an upcoming job fair.

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

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 2019, businesses can earn tax credits of up to $7,500 for eligible youth starting work between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019
Businesses in Chenango, Delaware or Otsego County who would like to participate in this program must apply before November 30, 2019.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact:
Debbie Bender, Business Services Representative
New York State Department of Labor, Div. of Employment and Workforce Solutions
CDO Workforce Oneonta
12 Dietz St., Oneonta, NY
607-432-4800 Ext. 101

CDO Workforce Program & Partner News

We've got a lot happening at CDO Workforce - 
You're Invited!
Happening in April - Save the Date:
  • Thursday, 4/4/19 -  Manufacturing Job Fair -  SUNY Morrisville, Norwich -  2:30pm-4pm
  • Wednesday, 4/10/19 - ONC BOCES Job Fair -  Grand Gorge -  2:15pm to 3:30pm
  • Thursday, 4/11/19 -  DCMO BOCES Job Fair -  Sidney Center -  2:15pm to 3:30pm
  • Wednesday, 4/17/19 - Multi Business Job Fair -  Otesaga Hotel - Cooperstown (Time to be announced at later date.)
If you would like more information on any of these events, please contact Debbie Bender, 607-432-4800, ext. 101,

Along with these events and other events that we've highlighted in this month's newsletter, you can check out more events listed on our calendar and on our blog at our CDO Workforce website:

CDO Youth Services Career Advisor 
Dan Goldman 
Participates in New York SkillsUSA

Youth Services Career Advisor Dan Goldman was invited to participate in the New York SkillsUSA Area II competition held on February 8th at the SUNY Morrisville Main Campus

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

Dan volunteered as a judge for the Job Interviewing competition. He was able to meet students from all over central New York who are enrolled in a CTE Program at their local BOCES. 

Dan provided the competitors with valuable feedback on their interviewing skills and their career path and the students were able to ask Dan for advice on pursuing their individual careers.

As an appreciation for participating, Dan received a pin and a t-shirt. (Pin pictured at right.)

Photo courtesy Dan Goldman.

CDO Workforce MLK Food Drive is a Success!

Over the past several weeks CDO Workforce Oneonta and Norwich offices have been collecting food donations for the MLK Food Drive.

The Norwich office collected food and money that was donated to the Roots and Wings Food Pantry (Catholic Charities) in Norwich, NY.  Food donations totaled 169lbs and monetary donations totaled $39.

The Oneonta office collected more than 24lbs of food that was donated to St. Mary's Food Pantry (United Way). 



Photos courtesy Debra Barton and Sarah Lopez.

Doing your own Taxes?
Public computers will be available for people to prepare their own taxes at area CDO Workforce offices from 8:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 12 Dietz St. in Oneonta and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 21 Liberty St. in Sidney and in Suite 3 at 1 Courthouse Square in Delhi.


CDO Workforce Welcomes "Otsego Includes" 

CDO Workforce would like to welcome a new organization to our county: "Otsego Includes."

Otsego Includes held its first meeting in November 2018 at the Arc Otsego in Oneonta. 

Their focus is "Working to Build a Better Community for People of All Abilities." Their mission statement is "Otsego Incudes advocates through community education, collaboration, and direct action to strengthen inclusivity of Otsego County residents of all abilities by lessening disparity and encouraging acceptance and respect. We do this with the belief that every individual deserves access to an equitable quality of life within their community, and when this is provided the entire community will benefit."

Inclusion affects the quality of life for all of us, along with the individuals that we serve.  Please consider attending a meeting and becoming involved with Otsego Includes.  

Their next meeting will be Wednesday, March 6, from 4:30pm - 5:30pm at The Arc Otsego, 35 Academy St, in Oneonta. 

Please RSVP if you are able to attend by e-mailing:  
"CDO Workforce supports the vital mission of Otsego Includes and we look forward to working closely together on issues that strengthen inclusivity in our County."

Are you a worker with disabilities who is finding it difficult with finding work in your career field? Find resources and information to support your successful employment at the Career One Stop website.

Whether your disability is visible or not, or a recent change or a long-term condition, your participation in the workforce is in demand.

Did you know that the Career One Stop website has information and resources to move your job search and career forward?

Visit the Career One Stop website to find out about:
  • Defining disability and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Gain skills
  • Job search
  • Interviews
  • Disclosing a disability
  • Job accommodations
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
If you need individualized assistance or local labor market information, your nearest CDO Workforce Center can help!

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 (DRCs) 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.


American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) Grant Program

Benefits of Apprenticeship:
  • Helps recruit & develop a highly skilled workforce
  • Improves productivity and the bottom line
  • Provides opportunities for tax credits & employee tuition benefits
  • Reduces turnover costs and increases employee retention
  • Creates industry driven and flexible training solutions to meet national & local needs
  • Allows workers to earn and learn at the same time
  • Up to $10,000 for On-the-Job Learning
  • We provide up to $5,000 per apprentice for related technical instruction
  • We provide up to $2,000 per apprentice for pre-apprenticeship training
The  American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) is building a  new sustainable regional pipelin e specific to  advanced manufacturing .

This program helps people who have an interest in becoming an apprentice and employers who have an apprenticeship program, or are interested in starting one, located in the following counties:  
Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins. 

Contact us to find out how we can help. We can help businesses set up an apprenticeship program too!

If you would like to  receive AAI's bi-monthly newsletter, please  email Jodi Delapaz , Communications Coordinator, and she will be happy to  add you to the list.

AAI also has a Facebook page where we are keeping up with important news about apprenticeships and apprentices, along with tips and opportunities.
Please 'like' our page to keep up with this hot news topic! 

CDO Youth Program

Youth Program  participants continue to receive valuable skills and credentials to help them become more marketable to employers.

To learn more about the CDO Workforce Youth Program, contact:

Norwich: Dan Goldman
Phone: 607-334-2201 x100

Delaware County: Jen Mitchell
Sidney Civic Center, Liberty Street 
Sidney, NY  13838

Otsego County: Penny Seeger 
Dietz Street, Oneonta, NY 13820
432-4800 ext 111 

Tips For Job Seekers
Conquer the emotional downfalls of a job search

"This list catalogs some of the most common emotional downfalls that may occur in a job search and how to avoid them or work your way through them."

To read the article at CareerOneStop, click here -- And contact your local CDO Workforce to find out how we can help! Check out our FREE classes and other services here

Veterans Tip of the Month

CDO Workforce Social Media Sharing
Did you know that we post the latest local job openings
on our Facebook page & Twitter feed?

We also share community and partner events and news-- and breaking workforce news...

Please "like" and "Follow" us - and share us with your friends!

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Community Events

Volunteer Tax Assistance

Free Mass Food Distribution

Bassett Healthcare Network Living Well Workshops

"Please join one of our FREE health and wellness  workshops. You will learn new ways to support physical, mental and emotional health. Within this process, you will create action plans and identify achievable steps towards your wellness goals. The workshop atmosphere is one of support and encouragement!"

Call 607.547.3948 to find the workshop that is right for you, or enroll online:

Spring Schedule (classes start in March and April)

To learn more or to download the flyer, click here

Otsego County Laundry Love

FREE Homemade Soup to Go in Oneonta

2019 Living Healthier Expo in Oneonta

Attend this FREE EVENT April 5th and 6th!!
Vendors, Guest Speakers, free giveaways and more......

Where: Foothills Performing Arts Center, Market Street, Oneonta, NY

When: April 5th & 6th, 10am to 3pm

Grand Prize Drawings Both Days! Many Giveaways! Kids Activities! Over 40 Vendors!

To see Resources, Services, Speakers and more -  and/or to download the flyer, click here

Article: What Tax Reform Changes Should I Know About?
Article: What Tax Reform Changes Should I Know About?

"This year, tax time brings several changes that could impact your federal tax refund and change how you file your taxes. The  Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017  includes some changes that could leave you with a tax refund different from what you were expecting. Here are six tax law changes you should know."

To read the article on, click here

Need free, local, in-person assistance with your tax return? - Call 607-432-0061 for an appointment. Or use to prepare your taxes using your home computer or a computer at a CDO Workforce Center. 

Career Onestop Blog: Scholarship Finder

Career Onestop Scholarship Finder

"While students may realize that scholarships are essentially "free money,"  they often don't realize how much opportunity is available, and how many different types of organizations provide them."

Search more than 8,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities.

To read the blog post, click here
To go to the Career OneStop Scholarship finder, click here

Benefits of Opening Your Own Child Care Business

Leadership for Supervisors Class at CDO Workforce

Call or email Maggie Gilbert at 607 832-5781 for more information.
All attendees must be actively enrolled with CDO Workforce

Veteran Services Workshops
Veteran Services Informational Workshops/Job Club/Networking

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

You're invited!

Oneonta CDO Workforce

March 20th, 10 AM to Noon. 12 Dietz Street, Oneonta, NY
Please contact the Veteran Coordinator at 607-432-4800 ext. 114 to be scheduled for this workshop.

Norwich CDO Workforce

March 21st, 10 AM to Noon, 1 O'Hara Drive, Norwich, NY
Please contact the Veteran Coordinator at 607-334-2201 ext. 124 to be scheduled for this workshop.

America Saves Week

America Saves Week

This week (February 25-March 2) is America Saves Week! 

America Saves Week is a national campaign to motivate and support low- to moderate-income households to save money, reduce debt and build wealth. 

Spring Career Fair at Springbrook

Harbor Freight Job Fair in Oneonta
Notary Public Workshop at SUNY Delhi

Notary Public Workshop at SUNY Delhi

"Are you interested in becoming a Notary Public? Join us for a three-hour workshop which prepares individuals for the NYS test and provides a comprehensive view of the Notary Public office. Examples are provided to illustrate situations that the office is likely to encounter and more."

Course cost: $139 - Includes the reference guide/textbook, "Notary Public Handbook, A Guide to New York"

When: Wednesday, March 20th, 9 AM to 1 PM.

Where: SUNY Delhi, 454 Delhi Drive, Delhi, NY

Registration required. To register, click here or to download the brochure/registration form, click here

Job and Resource Fair 2019 at DCMO BOCES
Save the Date!
Job and Resource Fair 2019 at DCMO BOCES

Where: DCMO BOCES, 270 BOCES Drive, Sidney Center, NY

When: Thursday, April 11th, 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM

More Info to come!

Career Pathways Program

Spotlight on Workers with Disabilities

Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)

Introducing the EARN Online Training Center

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is pleased to unveil a new resource - the Dinah Cohen Training Center for Disability Employment and Inclusion.

This one-stop resource for comprehensive, curated multimedia training on disability inclusion offers a wide range of turn-key presentations developed by EARN that employers can use to implement virtual or live disability inclusion training in their workplaces. It is named in honor of Dinah Cohen, a former EARN trainer and long-time leader in the disability employment arena who passed away last year. 

Article: Please Stop Assuming a Person With a Disability
Doesn't Understand You

"I wish people saw ability when they saw my child. I wish she was given the same opportunities as everyone else because she deserves them."

To read the article in The Mighty, click here

ABLE Accounts

The America Saves Week campaign is happening February 25th through March 2nd to help Americans understand why it is critical for their financial success to make savings a priority.  To support this effort,  CDO Workforce is highlighting one way people with disabilities can invest for their current or future financial needs is through ABLE accounts, which are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families.  

To learn more, visit the ABLE National Resource Center: 

You can learn about ABLE tax advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families by watching this 5 minute video.

ABLE National Resources Center Offers Updates on ABLE Accounts for Individuals with Disabilities.

ABLE Accounts, which are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families, were created as a result of the passage of the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 or better known as the ABLE Act. 

The beneficiary of the account is the account owner, and income earned by the accounts will not be taxed. Contributions to the account, which can be made by any person (the account beneficiary, family and friends), must be made using post-taxed dollars and will not be tax deductible for purposes of federal taxes, however some states may allow for state income tax deductions for contribution made to an ABLE account. 

The ABLE Act limits eligibility to individuals with significant disabilities with an age of onset of disability before turning 26 years of age. If you meet this age criteria and are also receiving benefits already under SSI and/or SSDI, you are automatically eligible to establish an ABLE account. 

If you are not a recipient of SSI and/or SSDI, but still meet the age of onset disability requirement, you could still be eligible to open an ABLE account if you meet Social Security's definition and criteria regarding significant functional limitations and receive a letter of certification from a licensed physician. 

You need not be under the age of 26 to be eligible for an ABLE account. You could be over the age of 26, but must have had an age of onset before the individual's 26 birthday. 

For more information and current NEWS items please visit: and select "NEWS". 


Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
Information Line

Do you know about OPWDD's Information Line?

OPWDD's Information Line is designed to help people get answers to questions about supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities in New York State. It is also used to take complaints of alleged misconduct, fraud, waste and abuse in our service system.

To learn more, click here

Free OMH Workshops on Social Security Entitlement Programs

Many people with disabilities wait years before they are determined to be eligible for benefits. These free OMHworkshops, hosted by CDO Workforce, will show you the benefits and advantages by participating in Social Security entitlement programs.  

These workshops will also teach you about:
  • Request a waiver for an over-payment.
  • Avoid spend-downs.
  • Use Social Security work incentives to help maintain SSI and SSDI eligibility as you explore returning to work.
  • Ease off cash benefits and into self-sufficiency.
  • Work full-time and maintain low cost (or even no-cost) health insurance.
  • Get expedited reinstatement of benefits.
PASS plans,1619b, Medicaid Buy-In for Working people with a disability and some of the other underused mechanisms that will be covered. These workshops are for people with any type of disability, however, the main focus will be for people with mental health disabilities.
When: Friday, March 1st, 2019 from 11:30am to 3:30pm.
  •  Workshop 1 - PASS Plans, 1.5 HOURS
  • Workshop 2 - Medicaid Buy-in and 1619(b), 1 HOUR
  • Workshop 3 - Social Security Forms and Resources, 45 MINUTE
Where: 12 Dietz Street, Oneonta, NY 13820

Presented by the Office of Mental Health and CDO Workforce.

If you wish to register for one and/or all the workshops listed, please contact:
Kate Hewlett ~ Peer Engagement Specialist
Otsego County Community Services
242 Main Street ~ Oneonta, NY 13820
Phone (607) 433-2343/ Fax (607) 433-6229

Our Ability Videos and PDFs

To view, click here
Social Security will be Hiring Soon

Social Security is Hiring Soon

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will share job announcements on soon. Act now so you will be ready! 

What positions and where are they?

GS-7 Claims Specialist (CS) in the Binghamton, Gloversville, Greece, Hudson, Niagara Falls, Queensbury, Schenectady, Syracuse and Troy, New York Social Security Field Offices

GS-5 Customer Service Representatives (CSR) in the Albany, Utica and Watertown, New York Social Security Field Offices

To learn more about these positions and the USAJOBS Federal Careers site, click here

Economic Resilience Across Appalachia: Chenango County

New Research Documents Economic Resilience 
Across Appalachia: Includes Chenango County

A new study released by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) identifies counties or regions across the United States and within Appalachia that have rebounded after experiencing significant economic shocks. 

"Our team hopes this study will help practitioners identify ways to make their communities more resilient to economic shocks," said Fritz Boettner, Principal, Downstream Strategies and project leader for the research. "We explored locations across the country to inform a pragmatic approach to community development aiming towards the triple bottom line of economic, social, and environmental development. We believe this approach can lead to stronger and more resilient communities in Appalachia."

Chenango County was selected along with nine other case studies from candidate counties from across the country.

Chenango County was found to be the 289th most resilient county (91st percentile) in the United States

To read the press release, click here.
To read the case studies, 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  /

Programs, Scholarships & Learning 

DCMO BOCES Adult Education  

DCMO BOCES Adult and Continuing Education programs provide Career and Technical Education training that supports workforce preparation suitable for Adult Learners

They offer 13 full-time courses ranging from Health Occupations to Welding! 

Contact them at 607-335-1210 for more information, or click here to view their course offerings.
Chenango Campus - Norwich
Harrold Campus - Sidney Center

To view/download their 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

Classes are offered year round, and they 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 free 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.
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:

Adult Education at ONC BOCES

Get Your HSE (GED) at

"Let ONC BOCES help you make positive changes in your life."
  • Free to those over 21
  • Study at home
  • Convenient Locations
  • Flexible hours
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Individual Instructiom
ONC BOCES also offers el ingles como segunda lengua -English as a Second Language classes!

To find out more, call 607-286-7715 or to visit their website, click here.

To view/download the flyer, click here

ONC BOCES Class B CDL License Program
Do you want to learn to drive a
dump truck? Opportunities to
make money while driving a
truck are out there for those with
the right type of license. ONC BOCES can
help you get yours.

They have a qualified driving instructor available along with their own dump
truck so that you can get the practice hours you'll need to pass the road

You just need to go to the DMV, get your permit and then go to ONC BOCES
for the practical driving experience so that you will be ready and able to
take your road test. 

They'll even schedule the road test and have their  truck
available for you to use when you're ready.

Tuition for the driver training course is $1,250. Actual driving time is flexible
and will occur at a time mutually convenient for both the student and

For more information or to inquire about enrollment, please contact Kevin
Stevens at 607.286.7715 or through email at

To view/download the flyer, click here

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

Job Corps Will Be At Norwich CDO Workforce

Job Corps will be at Norwich CDO Workforce to meet with interested youth. 

When: Ongoing, Mondays and Tuesdays, from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM 

Where: 1 O'Hara Drive, Norwich, NY 

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.

To lean more about Job Corps or to view/download the flyer, click here

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 *
Contac t Oneonta  Job Corps for more information.
21 Homer Folks Avenue
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 431-1446 or
(607) 431-1443

Small Business Association Mentoring Resources

"Mentoring: the Missing Link to Small Business Growth and Survival"

From the U.S. Small Business Administration:

"Because starting a business can be overwhelming, a mentor can help to navigate the complex challenges that often come with being a business owner. There are many factors involved in business startup, from applying for licensing to securing financing. And those factors can have an impact on turning one's passion into a profitable business. Getting guidance from someone who has been there themselves as an entrepreneur or business owner can be an added asset. In addition, there are resources available to provide business owners with the knowledge and guidance that are key to business growth, development and survival."

To read the article and see SBA's sources of mentoring and counseling, click here

Small Farms Grant Funding

Cornell Small Farms Program Grant Funding

The Cornell Small Farms Program through the Labor Ready Farmer project has grant funding available through 2020 to offer one-on-one technical assistance on human resource and managerial skills to beginning farmers, including next generation farmers on family farms. 

To learn more and apply, click here

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