May 2019
News & Opportunities
Workforce News - Recruitments - Job Fairs - Funding - Workshops - Community 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
Free Workshops
CDO Workforce offers free workshops every month!

You can brush up on your computer skills; create or fine-tune your resume; learn about ADA & disclosure; get support from a Veteran Counselor; get interviewing practice and lots more.

Program & Partner News
Out-of-School Youth Program

Whisper Kinsey, a Bainbridge resident and mother of one, enrolled in the Out-of-School Youth Program in March 2019 with the goal of obtaining her Class B CDL license and employment as a driver.

Whisper did nearly all the leg work and had applied to Sage Truck Driving School in Endicott. She had secured daycare and transportation to the training. Her only road block was financial.

CDO Workforce staff worked diligently to provide the finances and services that Whisper needed to begin training within just a few days.

This included obtaining her drivers abstract, CDL B permit, DOT physical and gas vouchers.

She completed the training and passed the road test, receiving her license on April 11th.

Whisper is now diligently working with CDO Workforce and Sage Truck Driving School to secure employment. 

Congratulations, Whisper!

Photo Courtesy Jennifer Mitchell
Youth Program Success -
Removing Barriers

Penny Seeger, Otsego County Coordinator for Youth Services, met with a young man, Trevor, who had multiple barriers to employment - including a disability, little work history, no transportation, and lack of a high school education.

Penny enrolled Trevor in the Youth Program and in the prep classes for his High School Equivalency (HSE). Trevor did very well in HSE classes and was extremely motivated and hard working.

Penny wanted to find him employment to help keep him motivated in his HSE classes and to provide some needed income. She alerted Debbie Bender, NYSDOL Business Services Representative, about the need for a Work Experience. 

Trevor lacked transportation and needed a job in Oneonta. Deb reached out to a local restaurant, Wise Guy Sammy’s, that was in need of kitchen staff. The restaurant was willing to provide training for the youth in food service and was very interested in the Work Experience program.

Penny prepared Trevor for the job interview and he was interviewed by Wise Guy Sammy’s owner, Mike Joubert. Penny was able to develop the Work Experience on the same day as the interview and the youth started working immediately as a dishwasher.

The business was very pleased with the youth's progress in learning the job and he has advanced to cooking and preparing entrees. The business was so pleased that they hired Trevor at the end of the Work Experience on April 3rd and he continues to work and attend HSE classes with the test scheduled for June 5th.

In addition, with Penny's encouragement, Trevor has taken on another barrier - transportation, and started to study for his Learner's Permit.

Congratulations, Trevor! And congratulations, Penny and Debbie, for working seamlessly to transition this youth to the world of employment and start removing his barriers to employment one at a time. 

Pictured: Trevor Sieger and Wise Guy Sammy’s owner, Mike Joubert

Photo Courtesy Alan Sessions
Youth Services Career Advisor
Daniel Goldman
Employment & Training Counselor
Jerry Kreiner
CDO Workforce Helps Students
Explore Careers

CDO Workforce employment and training counselors took part in the DCMO BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Fair on March 28th.

Dan Goldman and Jerry Kreiner spoke to graduating seniors enrolled in CTE Programs at the DCMO BOCES' Chenango Campus.

Jerry and Dan referred the students to CDO Workforce to begin their job searching and start exploring their future careers.

Several registration packets and business cards were handed out to the students so they can start working with CDO Workforce as soon as possible.

Photos Courtesy Dan Goldman & Jerry Kreiner
Harbor Freight Recruitment

CDO Workforce was instrumental in recruiting employees for the new Harbor Freight store in Oneonta.

On February 19, 2019, Harbor Freight corporate office, located in California, contacted Debbie Bender, NYSDOL Business Services Representative (BSR), to coordinate recruitments for their new location at Southside Mall in Oneonta. Three job orders were listed and matched. The Workforce staff promoted the recruitment to partner agencies, enrolled youth, and veterans, while Disability Resource Coordinators did outreach to agencies working with job seekers with disabilities.
The first recruitment was held on March 14th in Oneonta. Local Veterans Employment Representative Paul Russo and BSR Debbie Bender assisted with the registration and application process.

The recruitment exceeded Harbor Freight's expectations - with 147 job seekers attending and interviewed on the spot.

Harbor Freight's corporate office contacted the BSR again on March 18th to do another recruitment, as only 30 of the 50 open staff positions were filled from the first event.

On April 3rd a second recruitment was held at the CDO Workforce Center in Oneonta, with 40 job seekers attending. The BSR assisted with the application and registration process and interviews were held by Harbor Freight management. On April 4th and 10th, Harbor Freight utilized the computer lab at CDO Workforce Center in Oneonta for onboarding of new employees. 
During the April 10th onboarding, the BSR received a testimonial from the store manager: “Debbie and staff were amazing to work with. I’ve spoken to a few different people about how well CDO treated us while working together. I’ve worked in Oneonta for two years and always had issues with staffing. This was amazing.”

Harbor Freight is scheduled for the soft opening of the Oneonta location on April 30th, with all 50 positions filled. The BSR will continue to work with the business for any future workforce needs.

Photo Courtesy Alan Sessions
Manufacturing Boot Camp

In conjunction with Morrisville College and the American Apprenticeship Initiative, CDO Workforce customers participated in an Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Boot Camp.

Eight participants attended classes March 18th through March 29th, from 8:00am – 2:30pm.

The material was presented to students in a hybrid fashion, including both in classroom “hands on learning” and online learning using Tooling U, which is an industry driven teaching platform endorsed by leading manufacturers.

Some of the areas they received training in are as follows:

• Math Fundamentals and Shop Math
• Blueprint Reading
• Basic Measurement
• Intro to Safety
• Intro to Quality and Inspection
• Electrical Units
• Electrical Print Reading
• Intro to Mechanical Systems and Assembly

At the completion of the Boot Camp, a Manufacturing Job Fair was held at SUNY Morrisville in Norwich on April 4th. Boot Camp participants were given the opportunity to meet exclusively with those companies in attendance.

Companies that were present were Norwich Pharmaceuticals, The Raymond Corporation, CF Co-Packing Inc., Golden Artist Colors Inc., K Tooling, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Oneonta Block Company, Eastern Temporaries, Manpower, Staffworks, Baillie Lumber and Acco Brands. 

Class participants included Brian Hartwell, Bryant Barrett, Cary Davis, Ian Farrell, Reice Knowles, Thomas King, Travis Rifanburg and Ruth Slater.


Photo Courtesy Heather Schaap
Introducing: The Trailing Partner Initiative
CDO Workforce
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 
Workforce Events & Opportunities
Leadership for Supervisors Class

When: May 31st, June 7th, June 14th, 9am to Noon

Where: Norwich CDO Workforce
1 O'Hara Dr., Norwich, NY

FREE OMH Workshops on Social Security
Entitlement Programs

When: Friday May 3rd
11:30am to 3:30pm  

Where: CDO Workforce, 12 Dietz St., Oneonta, NY 

Nurse Connection Recruitment

When: Thursday, May 9th from 9:00am to 2:00pm

Where: Oneonta CDO Workforce 12 Dietz Street, Oneonta, NY

Career Pathways III

Are you actively participating in a High School Equivalency or National EDP program?

Do you have an interest working in Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare or working in a Trade?
The CAREER PATHWAYS III program wants to help YOU!

(Must meet residency, age & income requirements.)

Southside Mall
Job Fair

Where: Southside Mall
5006 NY Rte 23, Oneonta, NY

When: Wednesday - May 22, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

V eterans' Home Job Fair

When : May 15th, 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Where : 4207 State Hwy 220, Oxford, NY

Hiring: Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, RNs, LPNs, CNAs, Cleaners & Food Service Workers

For more information call 607-843-3128
US Care Systems Recruitment

US Care Systems is holding several recruitments for Personal Care Aides at your local CDO Workforce offices over the next few weeks.

They have immediate openings for Personal Care Aides in Chenango, Delaware and Otsego Counties.

The Accelerated Apprenticeship Program is Accepting Applications

Get Paid while you train, no experience necessary.

Full-time employment in Cortland, Marathon, Conklin and Elmira, NY, with ability to advance with performance wage increases!

Apply by May 3rd.

This FREE training is open to persons of all abilities, with training content focused for Youth 18 - 24 years old with little work experience.

Sessions will include discussion and instruction on how to find and maintain employment in today’s competitive job market as well as information regarding financial literacy. Students will be provided with a training workbook and an opportunity to enroll in programs to assist in finding employment after course completion. 

Class Schedule and Location
May 13, 16, 20, and 23 | 10:00am - 1:00 pm
CDO Workforce Offices | 12 Dietz Street, Oneonta, NY

You must register to attend.
Please contact Alan Sessions at 607-432-4800 ext 109 and sign up today!

Spotlight on Workers with Disabilities

"Employers who ensure disability inclusion is an aspect of their diversity initiatives consistently yield the following benefits:

-Access to a broader talent pool with diverse skills and valuable new perspectives for problem solving
-Higher retention rates and lower absenteeism rates among employees with disabilities
-Increased work ethic and higher work quality
-Improved customer service and overall access to a larger consumer base as a result of understanding the needs of customers with disabilities
-Enhanced overall staff morale and disability awareness
-Greater product innovation
-Stronger brand reputation, as research proves Americans view companies who hire people with disabilities more favorably."

Have you seen the Campaign for Disability Employment's "Working Works" videos?

Working Works features four people with acquired disabilities or past injuries, as well as employers and healthcare professionals—all sharing the importance of partnering to support people in continuing or returning to work after illness or injury.

Read this great article and others on our Hiring Workers With Disabilities Resources Page on our CDO Workforce website.

ABLE Accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families

New Webinar:

Did you know that ABLE offers free webinars? You can register for upcoming webinars or view past webinars here:
Programs, Scholarships & Learning
Bassett Healthcare
Workforce News - Job Seeker Tips - Resources
Chobani Community Impact Fund

Meet and Greets Scheduled in Chenango, Delaware, Madison and Otsego Counties to Roll-Out 2019 Chobani Community Impact Fund Grant Opportunity.

The Chobani Community Impact Fund is now accepting applications for 2019 from organizations, municipalities and school districts in Chenango, Delaware, Madison and Otsego counties. For more information about this opportunity, click here

Representatives from Chobani and CFSCNY will be visiting Chenango, Delaware, Madison and Otsego counties to offer organizations a chance to drop- in and ask questions about the fund and/or discuss a project that they have in mind. Find the schedule of visits here

If you plan to attend one of these opportunities you can register here. 
Featured Job Posting
Early Head Start Teacher Assistant in Norwich, NY
This is a full-time position 37.5 hours a week, M-F, full year. The wage for this position is $14.00 per hour.

Requirements: Associates Degree in Early Childhood Studies Birth –Age 5, Early Childhood or related field. At least one year of experience teaching in an infant, toddler or preschool setting. Training or equivalent course work in early childhood development with a focus on infant and toddler development is preferred. Willing to attain and maintain Medication Administration Training certification and First Aid/CPR certification. A valid NYS driver’s license is required.

Application and/or letter of intent will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please send Resume and Cover Letter:
Opportunities for Chenango, Inc.
44 W Main St
Norwich, NY 13815
Attn: Robin Tuttle
Fax: 607-336-6958
Community Events & Opportunities
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Family Education Series

When: Beginning May 16th

Where: First United Methodist Church, Unadilla, NY

Ag Scholarships for Chenango County Students

• A High School senior attending college in fall of 2019
• Pursuing a degree in an agricultural related field
• Be a resident of Chenango County (home address within Chenango County limits,
the High School does not have to be within Chenango County)
• Completed application and essay handed in on time

Deadline to Apply:
All applications must be received by May 31st, 2019 (through mail or email)

Delaware County Office for the Aging needs Volunteers for the
Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program

For more information, stop by their office at 97 Main Street, Ste. 2, in Delhi, NY, or call 607-832-5740

Farm Ops: Resources & Programs for NYS Veterans in Agriculture

To enhance the resources and training available to military veterans interested in farming, Cornell Small Farms Program is partnering with established Veterans groups to:

  • Create a statewide service provider network for organizations to support agriculture training for veterans

  • Implement multiple education strategies to engage and train military/ veterans who want to farm

NYATEP Executive Director Melinda Mack Addresses Congress
Melinda Mack, executive director for the New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP), recently spoke to Congress about the importance of funding the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and current challenges in the labor market.

CDO Workforce Program & Incentive Highlights
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 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
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 /  OR April Feyh at  (607)-832-5782 /
CDO Workforce Disability Employment Resources
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Happy May!
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