Chenango-Delaware-Otsego County Workforce

May 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 Holiday Closing

Monday, May 28th, is Memorial Day. All CDO Workforce offices will be closed.

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

Norwich CDO Workforce holds "Bring Your A Game to Work" Class

CDO Workforce Out-of-School Youth Program participants recently attended the " Bring Your A Game to Work" class. The class was presented by Youth Services Career Advisor Daniel Goldman at the Norwich CDO Workforce office

The class "teaches work  ethic etiquette and provides valuable skills to help job seekers obtain and job and, most importantly, keep and advance in a job, " says Goldman.

The class is available to all Out of School Youth Program participants.

Photo Courtesy: Daniel Goldman.

Welcome New BEAM Outreach Coordinator Lorraine Keckeisen! 

Lorraine brings a strong, diverse business background with accomplishments in the fields of educational institutions, manufacturing and technical industries

She spent nine years at SUNY Delhi managing a grant, which involved marketing and delivering state-wide accredited training events for industry professionals

Lorraine holds a BA degree in Business Management, Economics and Sustainability from SUNY Empire State College. She is an active member of the Sidney Rotary Club.

Lorraine says she is eager to provide services to the Oneonta CDO Workforce Office and its BEAM candidatesfacilitating their completion of a training program and assisting them in obtaining gainful employment.

Lorraine can be reached at 607-432-4800 x 112 or by email at 

Photo Courtesy Lorraine Keckeisen.

CDO Workforce attends the 
Engage, Empower, Achieve Transition Conference 2018

CDO Workforce Youth Counselor Jennifer Mitchell and Disability Coordinators Alan Sessions and Kathy DeAngelo recently attended the Engage, Empower, Achieve Transition Conference. The conference, held on April 12th at SUNY Delhi, was widely attended by students with disabilities, parents and local agencies.

The keynote presentation was given by John Robinson, CEO of Our Ability, a disability owned and operated business, dedicated to building employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

John was awarded the 2014 White House Champion of Change. He was born a congenital amputee and the documentary "Get Off Your Knees: The John Robinson Story", is based on his life experiences. John is also the author of, "Get Off Your Knees: A Story of Faith, Courage and Determination," which provides an honest view revealing that having a disability does not have to get in the way of an education, career or family.

Kathy DeAngelo and Alan Sessions presented a workshop, "Preparing for a Job Interview, Resume, Job Application, and Etiquette," which was attended by more than 70 students, parents and teachers.

Kathy presented how to make your resume shine, providing examples of resumes and how to use key words and volunteer experience to demonstrate job related skills. Kathy drew on students' own job search experiences to focus on the importance of being prepared to complete the job application and interview

Kathy and Alan provided a mock job interview to teach the students the do's and don'ts of the job interview. The students enjoyed Kathy's flamboyant interview style and fashion wear for the "don'ts" portion of the interview.

To read more about the conference, click here

Photo of Youth Counselor Jennifer Mitchell courtesy of Alan Sessions.

CDO Workforce Youth Counselor Jennifer Mitchell
Attends Roxbury Central School Career Exploration Fair

On April 19th, CDO Workforce Youth Counselor Jennifer Mitchell presented an overview of services provided by CDO Workforce to students at Roxbury Central School's Career Exploration Fair

Jennifer met with students in 25 minute increments in small group sessions-- some five to six students in each group

BEAM Program Success Story!

Two BEAM Program enrollees were recently honored by Morrisville State College at the college's annual  Academic Honors Recognition ceremony

Some 118 students were recognized at the event, which took place on April 19, 2018. The ceremony has taken place at the Norwich Campus every year since 2005.

BEAM program enrollee  Eric Foster is in his last semester of the Individual Studies program. He will earn his A.A.S. degree in May. Eric has a 3.54 GPA

BEAM student Chasity Viele is currently in the Human Services program. She is hopeful to transfer programs and complete the A.A.S degree in Nursing once she has successfully completed all the necessary prerequisites. Chasity is carrying a 3.39 GPA


Photo Courtesy Morrisville State College, Norwich Campus.

Manpower debuts New Recruitment Van at Norwich CDO Workforce

Norwich CDO Workforce staff pose alongside Manpower staff at the debut of Manpower's brand new recruitment van.

Manpower debuted the new van at Norwich CDO Workforce on April 24th. On-the-spot interviews were conducted for several positions in the Chenango County and Broome County areas.

Pictured: Manpower Staff, CDO Workforce Employment & Training Counselor  Jerry Kreiner (Maroon Shirt) and CDO Workforce Youth Counselor Dan Goldman (Gray Shirt) 

Photo Courtesy Dan Goldman.

Out-of-School Youth Program Enrollees 
Attend Financial Literacy Workshop

Some seven youth, who are enrolled in the Out-of-School Youth Program in Delaware County, recently attended a Financial Literacy Workshop, facilitated by CDO Workforce Youth Counselor Jennifer Mitchell.

Sidney Federal Credit Union Marketing Specialist Elise Glassett presented "The Art of Budgeting," helping the youth to learn how to plan and use a budget effectively.  

Photo Courtesy Jennifer Mitchell.

CDO Workforce participates in Denim Day 

On April 25, 2018,  staff at CDO Workforce participated in Denim Day, which is held annually to bring awareness to sexual violence prevention and education

Staff at CDO Workforce from Chenango County OET (Office of Employment and Training), Chenango County DSS (Department of Social Services) and the BEAM Program joined millions of supporters around the globe participating in this campaign, now in its 19th year.
Pictured from left to right: Heather Schaap (BEAM Program), Dan Goldman (CDO Workforce Youth Counselor), Teresa Palmer (Chenango County E&T Coordinator), Jerry Kreiner (Chenango County E&T Counselor), Joanne Evans (Chenango County DSS Social Welfare Examiner), Tylena Daniels (CDO Workforce Director), Barb Hollings (Chenango County E&T Counselor) and Sherry Rutledge (CDO Workforce Receptionist).

Photo Courtesy Dan Goldman.

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. 


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
Lorraine Keckeisen at 
607-432-4800 x 112  or email:   for more information about enrolling in the BEAM Program.


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

Resource submitted by Alan Sessions, Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC) for the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grant in Oneonta. 

Interviewing Tips

Interviewing Tips for Job Seekers

Veterans Tip of the Month

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Need to Calm an Angry Customer? "PIC" your Battle

Need to Calm an Angry Customer?
"PIC" your Battle...

Patience - Importance - Compassion

"Instead of combating the complaint, you become an advocate to resolve the situation quickly..."

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

Ribbon Cutting - The Impact Project Grand Opening
All are Invited 

Where: 3 Utica Rd. State Hwy 12, Sherburne, NY
When: May 4th at 11:00 a.m.

The Impact Project organization helps low-income families maintain and increase equity in their homes and stabilize their housing situation through repair and rehabilitation projects

To learn more about The Impact Project visit:

Shoe Drive at The Place is Coming to a Close - 
Please Donate by May 1st

Help The Place raise funds by donating your gently worn, used & new shoes! And please don't forget to ask your friends, family, neighbors & co-workers to donate too!

Donate through May 1, 2018.

Their goal is to collect 100 bags of shoes to support small businesses in developing nations. Called micro-enterprises, these small businesses are typically operated by one person or family & friends, depending on size.

Drop off locations:

The Place, 22 East Main St., Norwich, NY

Also: Commerce Chenango, United Church of Christ, Gibson Primary, Perry Browne Intermediate & Norwich High School

Contact: Teen Program Coordinator, Breanne Krucher
607-336-9696 X108, Email:


Branding for Small Business Workshop

Koffman Southern Tier Incubator, 120 Hawley Street, Binghamton, 13901

When: May 1st, 5 PM to 7 PM

Presented by Kim Bush, Owner of Evergreene Graphics. This free workshop goes over six steps to building an effective brand

This workshop is offered in partnership with the Binghamton Chapter of SCORE, SBA and Constant Contact. 

Call 607-765-7436 to register.

Cybersecurity Workshop 
for Manufacturers

Where: AM&T, 5 South College Dr., Suite 104, Binghamton

When: May 3rd, 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Manufacturing is the third most frequently targeted industry for cyberattacks. Learn the who, what, and why of cyberattacks, how to conduct risk assessments, current cybersecurity issues and solutions, and more. 

The workshop is free to AM&T associates and $50 for all others. 

Register by April 30th: 607-774-0022 ext 308 or  

For more information, click here

3-Day Free Virtual Conference hosted by the SBA & SCORE

The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Association will host a free, 3-day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week. The conference will take place Tuesday, May 1 - Thursday, May 3 between 12:30 pm ET - 6:30 pm ET each day. Registration is free to the public. A schedule of live events will be sent to registrants via email.

Participate in this free, online conference to listen to practiced advice on current business strategies, meet other business owners, and chat with industry experts! The Virtual Conference offers all the best parts of an in-person conference, but without the hassle of traveling.

To find out more about the conference and how to register, click here

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:
Disclose Your Disability to Your Employer Workshop
You're invited to the 
Disclose Your Disability to Your Employer Workshop!

When:  May 15th 2:00pm-3:00pm

Where:  Norwich CDO Workforce Center
1 O'Hara Drive, Norwich, NY

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

Presented by the Kathy DeAngelo and Alan Sessions, Disability Resource Coordinators

I nterested customers, please see a CDO Workforce staff person to schedule. 

To download the flyer, click here.

CDO provides services without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, sex, disability, marital status or criminal record. 

Equal Opportunity Employer/Programs: Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

AAI Position Opening
American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) Outreach & Case Management Position Available!

Skills Needed:
-Ability to work independently and meet goals/ deadlines
- Well Organized
-Excellent communication skills with co-workers and customers
-Computer Skills

· This person will build and cultivate working relationships with l ocal schools, community agencies, parents, teacher and employers.
· Must be able to maintain meticulous records.
· This person will monitor curriculum and meet monthly with all participants in the program.
· Responsible for working closely with employers to create paid/unpaid internships over the summer and with the county summer youth programmers to ensure eligibility for youth.
· Will need to work with the Working Solutions Center (an American Job Center) to i dentify adult participants for the program and meet with those participants regularly.

This is a two year grant opportunity, full time with benefits. Salary is $30,000 annually.

Send resumes and references to:

No phone calls please.

To download the job notice, click here.
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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
Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI)

Opportunities for Otsego Seeks Volunteers 
& Donations to help Fight Poverty

In its effort to fight poverty, Opportunities for Otsego is seeking community volunteers to serve as Navigators. Navigators agree to be trained in the Opportunity Community model and commit to using their networks to assist Neighbors living in poverty to access resources and supports for moving and staying out of poverty

Once trained, Navigators will be paired with Neighbors that are struggling with poverty. Pairing will occur at the Opportunity Conference, scheduled for Saturday, May 12th in Oneonta.

The conference will be led by Dr. Donna Beegle, a nationally renowned speaker who broke free from a life of generational migrant-labor poverty. 

WHAT IS A NAVIGATOR? Navigators are community members that agree to become trained through the Opportunity Community model. Navigators commit to sharing their contact information and to using their networks to assist their Neighbor to access resources and support for moving out and staying out of poverty. 

WHAT IS A SPECIALTY NAVIGATOR? Specialty Navigators are community members that work in organizations that provide resources or opportunities like colleges, hospitals, housing, courts, schools, and other professions. Specialty Navigators agree to take and return calls from Navigators and to assist them in understanding how to navigate their system. 

WHAT IS A SUPER NAVIGATOR? Super Navigators are people that have experienced poverty but have made strides to move out. The purpose of a Super Navigator is to offer support to Navigators that struggle to connect with their Neighbors in poverty.

Navigator Training will be held on April 30th, from 5 - 8 PM at the Opportunities for Otsego Offices at 3 West Broadway in Oneonta. 

If you are an individual, group, or business and would like to be a part of the solution, visit Opportunities for Otsego is currently seeking volunteers to serve as community Navigators and donations of items for their Opportunity Conference scheduled for May 12th.

They are also accepting inquiries from Neighbors struggling to get out of poverty that would like to be a part of this exciting opportunity.

Anyone interested in helping can contact Autumn Torres at 607.433.8005 or

For more information, about ESPRI, 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.
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.
  • Information and assistance to clients and caregivers of any age
  • Application assistance, they can meet in the office or in the client's home
  • In Otsego County they can assist with Medicaid In Home Services (MIHS)
  • Connect clients and caregivers to Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) plans if they need level II personal care services (including hands on care)
  • MLTC can also provide Home Delivered Meals (HDM) with an assessed need to persons of any age
  • Refer and Connect with Otsego County Mental Health Services and SPOA
  • Connect clients to the Otsego County Office for the Aging HDM program
  • Connect clients to the Otsego County Office for the Aging Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly (EISEP) 
  • Connect clients to the Otsego County Office for the Aging for Personal Emergency Response System's (PERS)
  • Referral to Legal Aid
  • Referral to the Caregiver Respite Services through Office for the Aging
  • Assistance with the OPWDD process
  • Connection to disability services
  • Connect clients to the Community First Choice Options program (CFCO)
For more information and to view/download the flyer, click here.

Call NY Connects of Otsego County (607) 547-4390 or
NY Connects of their area Independent Living Center at (607) 432-8000

Learn Something New!  

DCMO BOCES 2018 Adult Leisure Education  

Although many of these courses are purely leisure, there are several that are geared toward the professional learner looking to build their resume. ( Computer, Marketing and Welding!

Chenango Campus - Norwich
Harrold Campus - Sidney Center
SIdney Memorial Library

To view/download the catalog, click here.

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.

DCMO BOCES can help!

Classes will be given throughout the Spring, 2018 , at the Chenango Campus in Norwich, NY , and at the Harold Campus in Sidney Center , NY .


Registrations may be taken via phone using VISA or Master Card by calling:
(607) 335-1210.

Checks or Money Orders may be mailed to:
((Please call to make sure the class is available before sending payment.))
6678 County Road 32
Norwich, NY 13815

Class size is limited.
Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment.
Please refer to refund policy on the DCMO BOCES Website.
If you are late to the classes, you will not be admitted.
Class dates are subject to change.

To view the schedule and/or download the registration form, click 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 offers Pre-Employment Security Guard Training 

This is a great training for a person seeking entry level employment as a Security Guard. 

The 8-Hour Pre-Employment Security Guard Training provides an introduction to the Security Guard Act of 1992, the role of a Security Guard, legal powers and limitations, emergency situations, communications and public relations, access control, ethics and conduct, and course review

An examination will be given

When you successfully complete this 8-hour course and pass the exam you will receive an official course completion certificate.

CLASS COST - $60.00

Materials / Supplies
All supplied. Please bring snack/meal and beverage to class.

When: Saturday, May 5th

Where: Harrold Campus BOCES
270 Boces Drirve
Sidney Center, NY
Paid registrations are required one week before the class start date. Materials and supplies are payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Classes with low enrollment will be canceled. See the enrollment and cancellation policy at:

To Register:
Call: 607-335-1210 (Pay with Credit Card)
On-line: Download form at

For Questions,

To find out more about this class, or to view or download the flyer: click here.

Bicycling Skills 123 
for Youth

Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates will be sponsoring a bicycle safety classes for youth.

Where: Cooperstown at Clark Sports Center

When: May 11th, from 3 PM to 7 PM (registration required by May 4th).  

The class will follow the "Bicycling Skills 123" curriculum established by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) and will be taught by a local League-Certified instructor. Both classroom time and time on bikes are included in this course. Snacks will be provided during a scheduled break.

Cost of the class is a suggested $30 donation per registered participant and the maximum number of participants will be limited to 15.

We strongly encourage that participants younger than 14 years be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Each participant must provide their own working bicycle and helmet.

See the attached flyer for more information and how to register:

For any questions, please contact Martha Clarvoe at 607-293-6654.


Unadilla Valley Central School hosts a Reach Workcamp

From July 8 to July 21, 2018, Unadilla Valley Central School will be hosting a Reach Workcamp to benefit our community.

The focus of Reach Workcamps is to organize and operate home repair programs for elderly, disabled, and low income households who are unable to do the needed work

Repairs can include painting, roofing, improvement of decks and porches, building wheelchair ramps, and flooring.

Reach utilizes middle and high school students to achieve their objective. The students are members of youth groups who travel to camps from all over the United States. While at camp, students also participate in activities that build community, self-esteem, and encourage spiritual growth.

Repairs will be made to qualifying homes in approximately a 20 mile radius of the Unadilla Valley Central School. The s chool will host up to 500 adults and youth each week. With this level of participation, 1 00 to 120 homes will be impacted.
If you wish to have a crew come to your home for painting or repairs, please print and fill out the form below. All information provided is confidential. Homes will be inspected by Reach to determine if the students are able to accomplish the work. All youth are supervised by an adult and each work site has a professional assigned to trouble shoot.
Reach is considering applications in the order they are received. Please send your form as soon as possible. Applications need to be received by May 1, 2018

Send to:
Cathy Smith
3382 State Highway 8
South New Berlin, NY 13843
For more information, contact Cathy at 607-859-2968.

To print the application, click here
To view/print the flyer, click here.

To learn more about Reach Workcamps, go to

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, by providing life  skills and stress management, education on healthy  relationships and positive parenting skills, individualized  guidance and problem-solving through our 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.


Job Fair May 23rd! Exhibitor Space Available! 

The CDO WorkForce, in conjunction with the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and DCMO BOCES, is hosting a Job and Resource Fair on Wednesday, May 23 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at DCMO BOCES Harrold Campus in Masonville

Employers will be connected to a viable workforce consisting of recent high school and college graduates as well as adults who are eager to obtain employment
Present information about your company and job openings.
Be prepared to interview applicants, accept resumes, and offer advice about how to prepare for employment with your company.
Event promotion will be targeted to recent college and high school graduates, as well as job-seeking adults.

A table with two chairs will be provided. Please note that they are not able to provide electric service.

For information, contact:

Ray Pucci,  President,  Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
5 1/2 Main Street
Delhi, NY 13753
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Employers Wanted for 
May 17th Job Fair in Margaretville

The Delaware Chamber, in collaboration with the Business Association of Margaretville, is hosting a job fair at Margaretville Telephone Company's new company headquarters located at 61 Academy Street in Margaretville on Thursday, May 17 from 4 - 7 p.m.

Be prepared to interview applicants, accept resumes, and offer advice about how to prepare for employment with your company.

Event promotion will be targeted to recent college and high school graduates, as well as job-seeking adults.

A table with two chairs will be provided. Please note that they are not able to provide electric service.

For more information about the Job Fair and for exhibitor registration, visit

U.S. Care Systems offers Free Personal Care Aide Certification Class

When: June 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th & 11th, 12th, 13th, 2018

Where: 396 Chestnut St., Oneonta, NY

High School Diploma or Equivalent
Completed Application
2 Forms of ID
Shot Records
Physical (completed by doctor on US Care sheet)
Reference Sheets
Finger Prints (provided)

To Apply:
-396 Chestnut St., Oneonta, NY  13820
Or call 607-432-9355

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
What It's Like to be a Blind Software Engineer at Amazon
Michael Forzano has worked at  Seattle's e-commerce giant  for nearly six years, using a regular laptop  with a screen he's never seen...

"The best part is, when you make things more accessible for one community, it often helps everyone, too. Being a part of making that happen for millions of customers is really exciting. "

To read the article, click here

Article  shared at the request of Alan Sessions,  Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC)  for the  Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)  grant in Oneonta. 
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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.

Article   shared at the request of Alan Sessions, Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC)  for the  Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)  grant in Oneonta. 
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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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Regional Wrap-up: Job Gains/Losses over a 12-Month Period
Southern Tier Job Gains & Losses over a 12-Month Period

For the 12-month period ending February 2018, the private sector job count in the Southern Tier increased by 1,500, or 0.7 percent, to 223,200 in February 2018

Job gains were centered in educational and health services (+1,300), leisure and hospitality (+700) and natural resources, mining and construction (+400)

Employment losses were greatest in professional and business services (-700) and trade, transportation and utilities (-500).

--Christian Harris  ,  Labor Market Analyst - Southern Tier Region
  New York State Department of Labor, Division of Research and Statistics
From the Employment in New York State April 2018 newsletter.
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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

Legislation Advanced: Salary History Ban

Governor Cuomo Announces Legislation to Institute 
a Salary History Ban To Close the Gender Wage Gap

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has advanced legislation to prohibit all employers, public and private, who do business in New York State, from asking prospective employees about their salary history and compensation.

"New York is the birthplace of the women's rights movement, from Seneca Falls to suffrage, and that fight continues today as we take aggressive steps to close the gender wage gap," Governor Cuomo said. "The gender pay gap exists across the economic spectrum, across all industries, and can follow women throughout their entire careers. By banning salary history, we can break the weight of this unfair, unequal cycle and work to achieve fair pay for all women in this state."

To read the press release, click here
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Happy May!
CDO Workforce Career Center| (607) 432-4800  |
 12 Dietz Street   Oneonta, NY 13820