Chenango-Delaware-Otsego County Workforce

November 2018
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CDO Workforce November Holidays

All CDO Workforce offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12th in honor of Veteran's Day.

All CDO Workforce offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd for the Thanksgiving holiday. Sidney & Delhi CDO Workforce offices will also be closed on Friday, November 23rd. Norwich and Oneonta CDO Workforce offices will be open on Friday, November 23rd. 

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 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:
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 & Partner News

Alice Savino Receives WERC Luminary Award

On Thursday, September 27th at the Women's Employment & Resource Center's (WERC) Annual Luncheon, Alice Savino, Executive Director of the Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison & Oneida Counties, was presented with the Luminary Award.
WERC's Luminary Award is given to an individual who has actively supported WERC's commitment to "delivering exceptional, personalized training to help women identify and achieve their employment goals" and, in addition, has served as an exceptional and inspirational leader for women in the workplace and the community.  


CDO Workforce Staff Wears Purple

On October 18th, Staff at CDO Workforce in Oneonta wore purple to help shine the light on domestic violence

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more information about domestic violence, click here

Photo Courtesy: Kathy DeAngelo.


Success Story:
NYSDOL Employment Counselor Susan Carimando
Receives a Heartfelt Thank You

New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) Employment Counselor Susan Carimando, who is located in the CDO Workforce Oneonta office, recently received a letter from a very satisfied customer. Susan helped the customer find just the right positionwell-suited for the customer's unique skillset

"Just a quick note letting you know how grateful I am for helping me locate (new position). As you know, with our several meetings and email correspondences, looking for a job that was suitable with my "unique"  qualifications ... was becoming very frustrating, and at times seemed unlikely for me. I had serious concerns that I would be able to resume my career (in chosen field). Your encouragement, positive attitude, and constant job searches had found me an opportunity that matched my qualification's perfectly. I am very happy in my current position, and through your hard work I was able to show my experience and ability to obtain this position. Again, I am very grateful. Your genuine personality and professionalism has made an impact on my professional career that will affect me the rest of my life."  
(Letter edited to preserve privacy.)


Some 85 businesses and workforce/human service agencies convened for a Workforce summit to discuss the future of Otsego County's business environment.

NYSDOL Labor Analyst Christian Harris started the summit by presenting about future openings in healthcare, manufacturing, retail and other demand occupations. There are more openings than workers, and the population in this area is decreasing and we have an aging workforce

Speakers talked about programs and services to attract and retain workers in this area. Some of the ideas included expanding internship opportunities, use of apprenticeships, recruiting local college alumni and increasing opportunities for people with disabilities and people in recovery

Karen Coleman, Deputy Commissioner of NYSDOL, spoke about the many resources offered by the local CDO Workforce offices and taking advantage of the many resources available

CDO Workforce staff assisted with the event and had a table with business service information. 

Senator Seward indicated that a steering committee would be formed to discuss how to advance the ideas presented and follow-up meetings with stakeholders will be held, says Otsego Chamber President Barbabra Ann Heegan.

Photos from the Event:

Pictured: Top Left: Barbara Ann Heegan, President, Otsego Chamber of Commerce
Top Right: Mary Jo Ferrare, Regional Director, Workforce Development Institute (WDI)
Bottom Left: Christian Harris, Labor Analyst, NYSDOL
Bottom Right: Mamie Smith, Apprenticeship Coordinator, American Apprenticeship Initiative Grant (AAI) & Nate Crossett, Program Director, AAI

Photos Courtesy Maggie Gilbert

Pictured: CDO Wokforce Disability Resource Coordinators (DRC) 
Alan Sessions & Kathy DeAngelo

SUCCESS at the Southside Mall Job Fair

More than 36 businesses participated in the Southside Mall Job Fair, held in Oneonta last week on Oct. 25th. Businesses representing the manufacturing, retail, healthcare, seasonal business, food preparation sectors and many more were on-hand to meet potential employees and conduct on-the-spot interviews and hiring. Many more attendees were interviewed later at CDO Workforce. Several attendees stopped by CDO Workforce offices later in the week, to thank the staff and share more information. One l ucky attendee  from Norwich won gift cards valued at a total of $50

More Photos of the Job Fair...

Top Left: Staff from Amphenol Aerospace
Top Right: Paul Russo, Local Veteran Employment Representative (LVER) NYSDOL 
Bottom Left: Staff from Birnie Bus Service
Bottom Right: Debbie Bender, NYSDOL Labor Services Representative (LSR) & 
David Croston, NYSDOL, Associate Employment Services Representative

Pictured: Left, Penny Seeger, CDO Workforce Assoc. Training & Employment Coordinator &
Kathy DeAngelo, DRC
Right: US Air Force Personnel & Paul Russo, LVER

Pictured: Left, Oneonta Job Corps Staff - Right, The Arc - Delaware County staff

Photos courtesy Penny Seeger, Debbie Bender & Alan Sessions

SUCCESS! Youth Leadership Development Program Graduates

Pictured: Youth Leadership Development Training October graduates delivering their final presentations

Leadership Development training provides participants enrolled in the OOS Youth Program opportunities to gain employment skills and leadership skills that will make them more desirable to an employer and more ready to advance within a job.


Photo Courtesy Dan Goldman

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.


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
  • We provide up to $3,000 per apprentice for related technical instruction
  • We provide up to $600 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!

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
Interviewing Tips for Job Seekers

Would you like to learn how to answer those difficult interview questions, and know more about body language and how to follow-up after an interview? Would you like to get some interviewing practice in a mock interview setting? You're invited to come to our FREE Interviewing Workshop! To find out more, click here

Veterans Financial Tip of The Month

Did you know that CDO Workforce offers free Veterans Workshops every month? The workshop offers resources, guides, and support to the Veteran population from a trained and knowledgeable Veteran Counselor. To find out more about this workshop, click here
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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We've always got a lot of valuable information--like  community news and opportunities, training & funding opportunities, program updates & success stories and more! 

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Community Events
Public Presentation on ALICE (Asset Limited Constrained Employed)

You are invited to a public presentation on:
ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed)

When: Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 6:30pm 
Where: Guernsey Memorial Library, Norwich, NY
ALICE is a United Way initiative to raise awareness of the challenges faced by low-income working families and to help initiate strategies and policies that alleviate them.

C ome and hear about the ALICE report and data that has just been released for NYS and Chenango County that highlights the growing number of households in our community that do not earn enough to afford basic necessities.

For more information please contact:
Elizabeth Monaco,  Executive Director
Chenango United Way
83 North Broad Street
Norwich NY 13815

Effective Workplace Investigations Seminar 

Southern Tier Industry Summit
What You Will Learn:
  • Where does the Southern Tier exist in the global economy and what is our potential for growth?
  • What is our own state of readiness? Is your business ready to quickly respond to a rapidly changing environment?
  • What is an industry cluster and how does it impact your business and our region?
  • How can the concept of expanding our industry clusters increase your bottom line?
  • How can young professionals and established executives help shape success across the region?
When: Wed., November 28, 2018

Where: Holiday Inn Downtown Binghamton

Find out more here:

Participate in the Angel Tree Event
From the Jail Ministry of Otsego County:

To download the Angel Tree Flyer and Volunteer Application, click here
To download the Agency Application, click here

SBDC Small Business Training Program


Chasing The Dream -  A lens on Local Poverty

Produced by WSKG, Chasing the Dream is a comprehensive three-year poverty awareness campaign centered on the Southern Tier region of New York. Incorporating television, radio and digital media, this project sheds light on the root causes of local poverty, the reality of what poverty looks like in our region and the successes and challenges of poverty-reduction efforts taking place in our communities.

Find out more and watch episodes here

For help and a list of additional resources, click here.

"Substance Abuse in the Workplace"

RSVP no later than October 31, 2018: or call 334-1400.

Payment is required prior or the day of the event.
CDO Workforce Seeks Board Members
  • Do you own a business (three or more employees)?
  • Do you know about 'hiring & firing' practices?
  • Would you like to know more about tax benefits & incentives available when hiring from certain populations?
  • Would you like to give input on the kind of training, recruitment and other policies needed to find the right employees in Chenango, Delaware & Otsego Counties?
If you said 'yes' to these questions, CDO Workforce Development Board is looking for you!

Our board meets four times a year in Oneonta, this is a minimal obligation of huge importance to the workforce community. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with local leaders, including representatives from service agencies and the education and economic development sectors

No fund raising is required and continental breakfasts are included!

If you are interested in serving on the CDO Workforce Development Board, please contact our Executive Director, Alice Savino, at 315-793-6037 or email to find out more.

The DELHI CDO Workforce Office is Moving
Our DELHI CDO Workforce Office is Moving! 

Our CDO Workforce office in Delhi is moving and will be out of commission until 11/1/18

Feel free to call the Sidney office if you need something in the meantime

New Address:
1 Courthouse Square, Suite 3, Delhi, NY 13753

Same phone numbers and email.


Veteran Services Informational Workshop

Oneonta Job Corps Advanced Training

Oneonta Job Corps Advanced Training 
Winter Cohort '19

Oneonta Job Corps is now accepting applications for Overhead Line, Underground Residential Distribution, & Smart Meter & Instrumentation Advanced Training Winter Cohort '19.

Questions? Contact the Program Coordinator:
Davelyn Whyte-Jhonson 607-431-1426
Oneonta Job Corps Academy
21 Homer Folks Ave.
Oneonta NY 13820

To learn more, see the schedule and/or download the application & Wellness form, click here.


JAN - Job Accommodation Network

JAN Can Help with Accessibility Issues 
and Accommodation Ideas

JAN, Job Accommodation Network, is an excellent resource concerning accessibility issues and accommodation ideas for both businesses and workers with disabilities.
For Businesses: JAN provides free consulting services for all businesses, regardless of the size of the workforce. Services include one-on-one consultation about all aspects of job accommodations, including the accommodation process, accommodation ideas, product vendors, referral to other resources, and ADA compliance assistance.
For Workers with disabilities and their advocates: JAN provides free consulting services for all employees, regardless of the condition. Services include one-on-one consultation about all aspects of job accommodations, including the accommodation process, accommodation ideas, product vendors, referral to other resources, and ADA compliance assistance.
You can contact JAN and request consultation or information services by using the following methods. JAN's office hours are 9 am to 6 pm Eastern, Monday through Friday. Please see below for tips on what information JAN needs to help you in a timely manner.
(800) ADA-WORK [(800)232-9675] (V)
(877)781-9403 (TTY)
ONLINE: - for Access to many Accommodation resources including SOAR (Searchable Online Accommodation Resource) and an ADA Library - for requesting specific information and/or making inquiries
Job Accommodation Network
 PO Box 6080
 Morgantown, WV 26506-6080

For Tips for your Contact, click here

College & Community Job Fair

2018 College & Community Job Fair

Come to the the fourth annual College & Community Job Fair! This job fair brings together high school students and job seekers to explore college and career opportunities in and around Chenango County

Attendees will be able to talk one-on-one with representatives of corporate, small business, government and nonprofit organizations as well as college and university recruiters

Bring copies of your resume!

When: Thursday, November 8th, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Where Morrisville State College Norwich Campus
20 Conkey Ave., Norwich, NY 

To download the flyer, click here

Job Fair Tips Workshop at Norwich CDO Workforce
Come to the Job Fair Tips Workshop 
And Get Prepared for the College & Community Job Fair!

Learn tips that will help you succeed at Job Fairs! 

When: Tues., November 6, 2018, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM 

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

Become Job Fair ready, including: 
  • Knowing why employers come to Job Fairs
  • Understanding why you should attend one
  • How to Prepare
  • What to do at a Job Fair
  • Following up afterwards
Call us at 334-2201 to register for the workshop.

T o download the flyer, click here
NYS DOL Workers with Disabilities Tax Credit Program
NYS DOL Workers with Disabilities Tax Credit Program

" We believe in the importance of disability inclusion in the workforce," says the New York State Department of Labor

"Our Workers with Disabilities Tax Credit incentivizes businesses to bring New Yorkers with developmental disabilities - an often underrepresented population - into the workplace."

The Workers with Disabilities Tax Credit (WDTC) program provides tax credits to for-profit businesses/organizations that hire individuals with developmental disabilities ( not  to be confused with WETC). 

To learn more about the Program, click here
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Out-Of-School Youth Fall Leadership Class

Free Virtual Training: Applying for Federal Civil Service Positions

Applying for Federal Civil Service Positions
FREE Online Training

Did you know that the federal government offers FREE ongoing virtual training to help you navigate the process of applying for federal civil service positions

Upcoming Training Opportunities
November 1-  Navigating USAJOBS - Finding and Applying for Federal Jobs
November 5 - Writing Your Federal Resume
November 5 - Interviewing
November 7 - Overview of the Federal Hiring Process
November 14 - Interviewing
November 14 - Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities
November 14 -  Navigating USAJOBS - Finding and Applying for Federal Jobs
November 15 - Pathways - Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates
November 21 - Writing Your Federal Resume

To learn more and to register for training, click here
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Career Planning & Job Search Resources
New Career Planning & Job Search Resources 
on  Career Onestop

"CareerOneStop offers great information and tools for career advisors who help job seekers, career explorers, and students. CareerOneStop material may be used in individual sessions, curriculum for classroom or workshops, computer lab exercises, or for newsletters and other publications."

Career OneStop now has classroom and workshop curriculum in different formats for career planning and job search.

T o access all Career OneStop resources, click here.
Free Personal Care Aide Certification Class 

U.S. Care Systems Offers A 
FREE Personal Care Aide Certification Class

US Care Systems, Inc. is having a Personal Care Aide Certification Class, FREE of charge

When: November 5, 6, 7, 8 & 12, 13, 14, from 8am - 4pm 

Where: 398 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, NY 13820

Requirements: 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 13920 or at
or call 607-432-9355

** Class completion bonus! **
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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Volunteer Driver Program Informational Session
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.

Any New York State resident, 19 years of age or older , who does not yet have a high school diploma or equivalent diploma can take the HSE (High School Equivalency) test .  

DCMO BOCES has opportunities for you to take the exam throughout 2018 .

Applications are due by the Friday before the scheduled exam date. Applications must be complete and signed and include a copy of the tester's state-issued photo ID (valid NYS driver's license)

For more more information and test dates, click here
Download the application here.

Bassett Healthcare Partnership for Nursing Opportunities Program     

The Partnership for Nursing Opportunities Program allows students to complete their associate degree in nursing through SUNY Delhi. Following completion of the first year at SUNY Delhi, the student may secure employment as a Patient Care Assistant 2. Upon completion of the second year, the student/employee will earn an Associate of Science in Nursing and will be eligible for licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse.

The Bassett - Hartwick College program is designed for Registered Professional Nurses interested in earning a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing degree while working. RNs will work 12-hour shifts each week at Bassett Healthcare and receive two days of on-site nursing instruction by Hartwick College faculty at Bassett. Following completion of two full calendar years, the Registered Nurse will earn a BS.

Full tuition support is provided to the eligible employee/student in either program with a payback commitment following program completion. Bassett is currently seeking candidates for entry into the SUNY Delhi and Hartwick College at Bassett Medical Center.

For more information, please contact:
Patricia Davis, RN
Project Coordinator for the Partnership for Nursing Opportunities Program
(607) 547-3166

For more information, please visit their website.

NYS Kinship Navigator Services  assists individuals who are caring for relatives or friends' children and need financial help, have legal questions, or have concerns about the care of the children

Contact Kinship Care at 607-454-6463 or visit

For more information, click here.

College Scholarship Program for Child Care Workers

The NYS Child Welfare Worker Incentive Scholarship Program grants awards for child welfare workers employed at voluntary not-for-profit child welfare agencies licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)

Recipients must agree to live in NYS and work at a voluntary not-for-profit child welfare agency licensed by OCFS for 5 years after graduation, and can use the award to get an associate's, bachelor's or graduate degree.

For more information, click here
Ed2Go:  Online courses are open to everyone!  

You don't have to be a student to enroll. 
No prerequisites required for most courses

For additional information, contact the Career & Business Development office at 607-746-4545 or register online: 

Full catalog can be found at:
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 visit

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

Do you or does someone you know need to take the 5 Hour Pre-Licensing course to get a NY State Drivers License? 

ONC BOCES offers this course, which is a prerequisite to taking a road test and obtaining a driver's license

This class is for those who have not already taken a driver's education class. Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. The fee is $35 payable by cash or money order only. Checks and credit cards will NOT be accepted. You must bring your permit to the class in order to receive your certificate. 

Class will take place at 31 Center Street (the old Center Street School) in Oneonta, from 9AM to 2PM.
  • December 8th
For more information or to register (pre-registration is required) call

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
Southern Tier REDC 2018 Progress Report

Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (REDC)
2018 Progress Report

"Together, the Southern Tier is Soaring. 

"In 2018, the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council built upon past successes and continued to turn the economic tide that threatened our region for decades." ...

"Instead of blighted downtowns, we now see vibrant urban centers blossoming." ...

"This report not only describes our progress during the past seven years, but tells the stories behind the data. With our strategy highlights, you will see that each project has a meaningful impact in the lives of Southern Tier residents."

--REDC Co-chairs Binghamton University President Harvey G. Stenger and Corning Enterprises President G. Thomas Tranter Jr.

To view the report, click here
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Proposal to Help Small Businesses Strengthen Retirement Security

Department of Labor Announces Proposal to
Help Small Businesses Strengthen Retirement Security

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to help small businesses strengthen retirement security in America

The proposed rule would make it easier for small businesses to offer retirement savings plans to their workers through Association Retirement Plans, which would allow small businesses to band together to offer 401(k) plans to their employees.  

"Enhancing workplace retirement savings is critical to the financial security of America's workers," says DOL. "Approximately 38 million private-sector employees in the United States do not have access to a retirement savings plan through their employers. Association Retirement Plans offer these workers - and their families - enhanced savings opportunities."

Under the proposed rule, Association Retirement Plans could be offered by associations of employers in a city, county, state, or a multi-state metropolitan area, or in a particular industry nationwide. Sole proprietors, as well as their families, would also be permitted to join such plans

In addition to association sponsors, the plans could also be sponsored through Professional Employer Organizations (PEO). A PEO is a human-resource company that contractually assumes certain employment responsibilities for its client employers. 

To find out more, click here

New BLS Local Data App Available for iPhone

BLS Local Data App Now Available for iPhone

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has partnered  with the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of the Chief Information Officer to develop a new mobile app for iPhones that is now available for free in the  App Store. Search "BLS Local Data."
"The BLS Local Data app is ideal for customers who want to know more about local labor markets, such as job seekers and economic and workforce development professionals," BLS says.

You can search using your current location, a zip code, or a location name to f ind relevant data quickly without having to navigate through the huge BLS database. With one click, you can find data for states, metro areas, or counties.

Using the  BLS API, the app quickly presents local data and national comparisons for unemployment rates, employment, and wages.

BLS says an Android version of the app will be available in the future.

To find out more, click here
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Partnership On Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)

See What's New At PEAT

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) is a multi-faceted initiative to foster collaboration and action around accessible technology in the workplace

Guided by a consortium of policy and technology leaders, PEAT works to help employers,  IT  companies, and others to understand why it pays to build and buy accessible technology, and how to do so.

The PEAT website offers Resources, Employer Tools, News and Events. 

To see what's new at PEAT, click here

New Compliance Assistance Tools for New & Small Businesses

DOL Announces New Compliance Assistance Tools
for New and Small Businesses 

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the launch of the   New and Small Business Assistance and the Compliance Assistance Toolkits  webpages

DOL says these new online tools assist American small businesses and workers with simple, straightforward resources that provide critical Wage and Hour Division (WHD) information, as well as links to other resources.

The webpages were established in response to feedback received from new and small business stakeholders voicing their need for a centralized location to secure the tools and information they need to comply with federal labor laws

These new webpages provide the most relevant publications and answer the questions most frequently asked by new and small business owners. These tools, in conjunction with and, ensure greater understanding of federal requirements and provide tools to help employers find resources offered by other regulatory agencies.

"The Wage and Hour Division has long understood that the majority of employers want to do the right thing and comply with the law, but they need to know how," said the Wage and Hour Division's Acting Administrator Bryan Jarrett. "These new webpages demonstrate our ongoing commitment to proactively help employers comply with the law and provide them the tools they need to understand their responsibilities. We encourage all employers to visit these new webpages and reach out to us for assistance at any time."

I n addition to these new resources, WHD recently made available compliance assistance videos that provide brief, plain-language explanations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) requirements and protections. The videos provide essential information employers need to understand their obligations under the law.

T o find out more, click here
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New Farmers Grant
New Farmers Grant Accepting Applications
From Early-Stage Farmers

Empire State Development (ESD) and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets have announced that $1 million in funding is available to assist early-stage farmers through the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund. 

The program, now in its fifth year, promotes growth and development in the state's agriculture industry

"Agriculture is vital to New York State's economy, and the New Farmers Grant Fund supports our early stage farmers by promoting projects that increase overall farm profitability and ensure sustainability of farming operations," says ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky.

The $1 million New Farmers Grant Fund will provide grants of up to $50,000 to assist with up to 50 percent of eligible project costs. 

To qualify, all farm business owners must be within the first ten years of having an ownership interest in any farm business, and the farm must have a minimum of $10,000 in income from sales of products grown or raised on the farm. 

Eligible project costs include the purchase of machinery, equipment, supplies, and the construction or improvement of agricultural structures.

Applications and guidelines for the New Farmers Grant Fund are available online. The deadline for submission is January 25, 2019. 

To learn more about the New Farmers Grant, click here

To further support the State's new and beginning farmers, the Department of Agriculture & Markets launched a New and Beginning Farmer One Stop Shop in 2017. The web-based resource helps new and beginning farmers connect to the resources and services that can help their businesses thrive. Information can be found online here.

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Happy November!
CDO Workforce Career Center| (607) 432-4800  |
 12 Dietz Street   Oneonta, NY 13820