November 2020
News & Opportunities
Workforce News - Funding - Virtual Workshops and Events - And More!
Who We Are
The  Chenango-Delaware-Otsego Workforce is the agency to link businesses with workers, and workers with the resources they need to develop their careers.

We offer a wealth of information & free services for both businesses and job seekers. Please visit our website for an overview of our services-- and contact us to find out how we can help! 

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There is never a charge for our services.
CDO Workforce Virtual Services and In-Person Services by Appointment
"We're Here For You."

Click the county that you reside in to learn more and request services:

Veterans Day

CDO Workforce offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11th.

CDO Workforce offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th.
Spotlight on CDO Workforce Business Services
CDO Workforce Business Services

Did you know that CDO Workforce offers a wide-range of services for businesses?
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Job fairs
  • Job Orders
  • Job Matching
  • Youth Work Experience
  • Business Workforce Needs Analysis
  • Apprenticeships
  • Labor market information

We can act as an extension of your Human Resources Department!

We are your local American Job Center partner. There is never a charge for our services.
CDO Workforce & Partner News
CDO Workforce Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC) Kathy DeAngelo
presents a Mini Resume Workshop during our virtual job fair
CDO Workforce Otsego Chamber Host a Virtual Job Fair

On Thursday, October 29th, CDO Workforce partnered with the Otsego County Chamber for our first-ever virtual job fair on Zoom. The 30 job seekers who attended had the opportunity to interact with Hiring Managers from nine local businesses. The job seekers also learned some tips to improve their resumes in a Mini Resume Workshop presented by CDO Workforce DRC Kathy DeAngelo.

"The Interaction with job seekers during the Virtual Job Fair was wonderful," Ms. DeAngelo says. "Plus I was able to engage with the businesses more than expected at the event. Overall, I really liked participating in the Virtual Job Fair and I hope we will be able to do more of these types of events that connect job seekers directly with Hiring Managers."

To learn more about the services that we provide to help you with your career goals, you can request services here.

We help businesses too! Including helping to recruit and train employees and much more. Contact us to find out how we can help.

Photo Courtesy Alan Sessions
Drive-Thru Job Fair A Success!

On Wednesday, October 14th The Otsego County Chamber held a Drive-Thru Job Fair at Neahwa Park, in Oneonta, NY. This was the Chamber's 2nd Drive-Thru Job Fair event. The Chamber held a Drive-Thru Job Fair in August that was so successful businesses asked them to hold another event.

The event provided for social distancing, and all participants must wore masks while receiving information from each business at the Fair through their passenger-side window. Listings of current and future jobs were be given, as well as instructions on how to apply.

Some 45 attendees received information from 14 local businesses about their business and current and upcoming job opportunities.

CDO Workforce was on-hand to provide information about our services, including job search help, resume help, career counseling, skills training and more.

"The event was extremely well run by the Otsego Chamber of Commerce," says CDO Workforce Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC) Alan Sessions. "There was a steady stream of cars (job seekers) visiting the exhibitors and the businesses were very pleased that every car was required to stop at every exhibitor. This gave the business the opportunity to present career information to job seekers who they would usually not interact with. For example there were a number of teachers seeking employment and the Healthcare exhibitors were able to discuss educational opportunities at hospitals. A number of adult job seekers were seeking to change careers and CDO referred them to our virtual career exploration tools. Job seekers were very appreciative to be able to have face to face meetings with businesses in a safe environment."

If you would like to be notified about upcoming job fairs and other new events, you can subscribe to our blog here.

Photo Courtesy Alan Sessions
Opioid/ National Dislocated Worker Grant Success!

Veronica Miller, Project Director of the Opioid/National Dislocated Worker Grant, is pleased to announce that one of their participants presented at the New York State Recovery Conference in October.

Erin Wiggins participated on the panel for the Wired Recovery - Digital Apps and Web-Based Services for Recovery and on the Peers Helping Peers; Peer Learning Collaborative panel discussion.

"Erin has found her passion and purpose and continues to seek out additional professional training in the field," Ms. Miller said.

Prior to the conference Ms. Miller extended her best wishes to Erin: “Congratulations Erin, we know you are going to do a fantastic job at the conference.” 

News from Oneonta Job Corps Academy

From Oneonta Job Corps Academy:
"ETR Wins Two Center Contracts
Education & Training Resources (ETR), the company that has operated Oneonta Job Corps Academy since 2009, was just awarded the contracts for the Iroquois and Benjamin Hooks Job Corps centers! Located in Western New York and Tennessee, respectively, the two centers will join the ETR family to include Northlands in Vermont and Gadsden in Alabama. We’re One Team in Job Corps, with a mission to train young adults for careers in high demand fields. Despite the pandemic, we’re still actively working on The Plan – and succeeding.
OJCA Ready For Students to Return
Speaking of the pandemic and plans, we are submitting our revised Resumption of Physical Operations and Distance Learning plans today, with the return date for our first group of students still set for October 19th. Once we resume operations, we will utilize a combination of the following learning approaches: Online training for students in the initial 14-day quarantine, in-person classes for students after that, and distance learning for those still at home waiting to return. The process will be orderly to ensure safety for everyone. We will test all students for COVID-19 when they arrive, with any positive cases isolated in a designated dorm. We’re taking all of the CDC recommended precautions, and are paying close attention to the news.
Home Builders Institute to Join Team
If you live in Oneonta – or Cooperstown, Davenport, Laurens, Gilbertsville, or Sidney – you are familiar with our Cement Mason students who do a fair amount of their training on local sidewalk and curb projects. This trade, operated by Operative Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ International Association (OPCMIA), is one of two union construction trades on center. The other is Tile-Setting, run by International Masonry Institute (IMI). Add Number Three: Home Builders Institute (HBI), which will take over our Electrical trade this December. HBI has a proven track record of success in Job Corps and will complement our Smart Grid advanced training program by preparing students for a variety of career pathways – to include electrical apprenticeship, solar voltaic, and telecommunications. Like OJCA’s other career trades, HBI is community-oriented. Says HBI Vice President of Job Corps Greg Romano: “We are all about community connections and will support them and hopefully build many more once we are underway.” Welcome aboard!"

The Raymond Corporation observes National Manufacturing Day
More than 2,000 Student Registrants Attend

On National Manufacturing Day, October 2nd, the Raymond Corporation hosted an online interactive event with more than 2,000 student registrants from across the country.

National Manufacturing Day is an annual celebration of the manufacturing industry organized by the National Association of Manufacturers.

“The material handling industry is in need of the younger generation’s innovative thinking, which can push and challenge our industry to stretch and reach new potential,” Raymond Corporation's Senior Director of Operations and Quality, Tony Topencik said. “We want to ignite curiosity among students about career possibilities that they might not have previously considered.”

The company says that as manufacturers seek to fill 4.6 million high-skill, high-tech jobs over the next decade, participating in Manufacturing Day events allows companies to engage students at an age when they are still finding their interests and deciding what types of careers they want to explore.

Workforce Events & Opportunities
Learn the Fundamentals of Building Science and Making Energy Efficiency Improvements to Building Structures.

Gain a Basic Understanding of Key Concepts Necessary for Entry into the Workforce.

At the completion of the training, you will receive:
• OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety Certificate
• NYSWDA Certificate of Training Completion
• Work Boots and Heavy Jacket
• A Beginners Tool Kit
• An Opportunity to Interview with Local Potential Employers Needing Entry Level Weatherization Employees

This One Week Class Starts Soon - November 16th to 20th - Register Now to Reserve Your Spot!

You must be at least 18 years old, must have a driver’s license and High School diploma or equivalency, and live in Otsego or Delaware or Chenango County, NY. Veterans and Workers with Disabilities are encouraged to register.

Job Fair at Belleayre Mountain

From Belleayre Mountain: "Stop off at the Belleayre Job Fair on November 7 to talk with our department supervisors about the various positions available on the mountain. Belleayre Mountain is a great place to work, and we’re always on the lookout for exceptional employees who enjoy working in a fast-paced and fun winter environment! Perks include ski privileges at Whiteface, Gore, Belleayre & Mt. Van Hoevenberg Mountains, training provided, employee discounts, and you get paid too! Masks are required to attend the job fair."

Oneonta Job Corps Now Accepting Applications for Smart Grid Training Winter 2021

Applications due Friday, November 20th, 2020.

National Veteran Small Business Week Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Webinar 

"Please join the SBA Upstate New York District Office and the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) as we celebrate the 7th annual National Veterans Small Business Week. This free event, hosted to honor the veteran and military-owned business community, will cover Access to Capital and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Certifications."

Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST

Information will be relevant to all Veteran's living in New York State.

Opioid/ National Dislocated Worker Grant

>Do you, a friend, or any member of your family have a history of opioid use?
>Are you out of work and want to explore new training opportunities?
>Do you need help getting back into the workforce?
>Do you want to give back to your community?

You may be eligible for support services and/or training!

Must reside in Herkimer county, Madison county, Oneida county or Otsego County.

Contact Project Director Veronica Miller to find out how we can help!
Phone: 315-798-5537
Spotlight on Workers with Disabilities
This free, comprehensive toolkit helps job seekers with a disabilities along their career path, and the families and communities that support them.
Have you seen the Your Dream Your Team Resources for Businesses?

Have questions about ABLE Accounts?
CDO Workforce can help!

ABLE accounts are a tax-advantaged savings account for individuals with disabilities.

Contact Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC) Alan Sessions at or
DRC Kathy DeAngelo at

Listen to the #ABLEtoSave Podcast Series from the ABLE NRC. Hear from leaders in the public and private sectors, as well as from ABLE account holders and their family members, about how ABLE accounts can be an effective savings tool to help improve health, independence, and quality of life for people with disabilities.
CDO Workforce DEI
Program Highlights

  • Virtual Job Shadow Program
  • Mentoring Services
  • Aptitude and Interest Assessments
  • And More!

For more information or to sign-up, please e-mail Alan Sessions, CDO Workforce Disability Resource Coordinator:

Western New York Collegiate Consortium of Disability Advocates (WNY CCDA) Virtual College Nights

Differences Between In-Person, Hybrid & Online Classes - Nov 10th, 2020 - Duration: 6:30 - 8p

Services for Students with Disabilities
ACCES-VR & NYSCB - Vocational Rehabilitation Agency presentations - November 17th, 2020
Duration: 6:30 - 8p

More Virtual Events
Happening In November

The Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation Fall 2020 Conference
When: The week of November 9-13

Project SEARCH: Exciting Updates, Resources and Considerations
When: Nov 10, 2020, 12:00 PM
Check out our CDO Workforce Disability Employment Initiative FACEBOOK PAGE - for more disability-related articles, news & resources

...And please Like & Share to help us get the word out about this great resource...Thank you!
Tips & Resources for Job Seekers
Looking for a Job?
Use our Job Search Link located on our CDO Workforce website!

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) worked with Chmura/JobsEQ to create a target specific algorithm to display current job opportunities that are searchable by both county and job title.

This valuable resource allows you to input job titles and search available positions in real-time in six counties: Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Herkimer, Madison and Oneida. The resource also shows a running total of jobs currently available in each of these counties.  

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Featured Job Opportunities
Calling all wait staff and foodservice professionals!
Are you ready for the next step in your career!  Bassett Healthcare Network is looking for Food Service Workers in Cooperstown, NY.
"Over $2500 in cash Bonuses Offered! Host or hostess opportunities, taking meal orders bedside directly from our patients, using our state of the art, 'Expressly for You' Health Touch System. 'Front of the House' in our retail/cafe operations, providing hot and cold food production, serving customers directly and cashiering. Work for the largest employer in Otsego County, NY. Medical, pharmacy, dental, and vision coverage; a generous retirement plan; and 26 paid days off annually. No experience required, Employer will train motivated workers. Veterans and job seekers with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The operation is open between 6am and 8pm, hot shifts right now are 6:30am-3pm and 11:30am-8pm, plus every other weekend and rotating holidays. Computer and tablet experience preferred. Bassett is looking forward to seeing your application, please apply online at"

Cleinman Performance Partners, Inc. is seeking a MAINTENANCE WORKER (Multiple Properties in Oneonta, New York Area)
"Full time/Part time - dependent on need. Hourly wage: $15.00. Benefits included: Health insurance, 401K, and PTO time if averaging 30 hours or more per week over a year. Prefer Resident of the Oneonta area. Duties include: Lawn maintenance, Snow removal, Snow blower provided in addition to shoveling snow, Basic carpentry, plumbing and electrical work as needed. Painting Various repairs of the building as needed. Attention to detail and quality of work a must. Driver's License and vehicle are required. Apply by email to with resume or brief description of work experience."

Developmental Disabilities Aides
"Seeking energetic, caring, self-starters to support developmentally disabled individuals in the Stamford, Davenport and Walton areas. All positions allow for a full time schedule at 20-30 hours per week. Create your own flexible schedule based on individual needs, with no weekends or overnights required. High school diploma or GED required. Must have clean NYS driver’s license with no moving violations within last two years. Personal vehicle required; mileage reimbursed. $11.80 per hour. The application review process will be ongoing until the position has been filled. Applications accepted at Delaware Opportunities Inc., 35430 State Highway 10, Hamden, NY 13782. Equal Employment Opportunity MF/ F/ Disability/ Protected Veteran Status
Apply to

Central Office/Datacenter Installation Technician - Norwich, NY
The ideal candidate will have experience working within the Central Office, MTSO or Datacenter, however, on the job training is offered. The ideal candidate will have experience building equipment racks, cable racks, fiber protections systems. The ideal candidate will also have experience installing and performing the test & turn-up of new technologies such as NEXT-GEN ROADM and CRAN. Regional travel is required on a weekly basis, company Van/Truck provided to all Lead Level 4 technicians. See more about the positions and how to apply

Immediate Openings for LPNs and DSPs:
Business & Community News and Resources
Virtual roundtable discussion: Child Care: An Essential Part of Workforce Infrastructure
for Otsego County

Below are the event recording and some additional resources to give you more information about the state of child care in New York.

Empire State Development Expands
New York Forward Loan Fund
to Include
Paycheck Protection Program Recipients 

Coursera Provides Free Courses
for Public Health Workers

"Get pandemic preparation training for individuals and organizations with this curated collection of courses developed by world-class university partners."

Video: The Future of Manufacturing

Randy Wolken, MACNY’s President & CEO, provides a brief update on the Future of Manufacturing.

At the beginning of the video they also recognize MACNY member companies celebrating milestone anniversaries this year. Congratulations, 2020 Milestone Award winners!

(Future of Manufacturing begins at 2:37 mark.)


CDO Workforce Program & Incentive Highlights
On-The-Job Training
The CDO Workforce New York One-Stop System has On-the-Job Training (OJT) Funds available. 

The OJT funding provides companies with an incentive to hire and train individuals who lack the specific skills or experience for a job. 

OJT is appropriate for occupations where classroom training is not suitable and for which specific job skills can be learned by a worker while engaged in useful work. 

This program is for full-time (at least 32 hours per week) employment and cannot be used for seasonal, commission, or 1099 employment opportunities.
Business OJT users apply their own methods to teach workers the new skills necessary for successful employment within their company, while the trainee is performing productive tasks. 

OJT contracts can be written up to $2,000 per trainee depending on amount of training provided.
For more information regarding grants and other CDO Workforce Business Servicescontact:  Tylena Daniels at (607)-334-2201 X 128 / OR April Feyh at  (607)-832-5782 /
New Hire Training and Existing Employee Training
New Hire Training (OJT): Intended to fund the on-the-job occupational skills training for newly hired workers in need of skill upgrade training for their job responsibilities immediately after hire.

Training that is provided under OJT is to participants who have been hired by the business. There should be a commitment by the business to retain the individual upon successful completion of the training.

Existing Employee Training (EET): Intended to provide occupational skills training to existing employees who are in low and middle-skills occupations, leading to job advancement and retention.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact:
David Croston
Business Services Representative
New York State Department of Labor
(607) 778-3004 /
New York Youth Jobs Program
The New York Youth Jobs Program encourages businesses to hire unemployed, disadvantaged youth, ages 16 to 24, who live in New York State. This program helps make it easier for youth to find a job and career training path.

For program year 2020, businesses can earn tax credits of up to $7,500 for eligible youth starting work between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
Businesses in Chenango, Delaware or Otsego County who would like to participate in this program must apply before November 30, 2020.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact:
David Croston, Business Services Representative
New York State Department of Labor
(607) 778-3004
Trailing Partner Initiative
Dear Regional Employer Partner,

Have you ever had the experience of having the perfect recruit apply for a position with your company only to have the prospective employee decide to reject your offer due to concerns about opportunities both personal and professional for their partner?

Let us help you negotiate that dilemma.

With our extensive knowledge of local businesses, schools and non-profits we will often be able to suggest that place where a partner might find that “perfect fit” based on their skills, experiences and personal goals. We are in contact with regional employers every day and find that middle management and executive level jobs often go unadvertised locally due to the perception that there is no one to fill them. We also find that employers will create a job if presented with someone with a set of skills that can improve their business.

Together we can turn this problem into an opportunity!

For additional information please contact Maggie Gilbert, CDO Workforce at (607) 832-5781 or 
CDO Workforce Disability Employment Resources
Programs & Learning
Bassett Healthcare

ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to prepare for, achieve and maintain employment through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development
More Resources
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And we invite you to Like our Facebook page too--where we also post local job openings and share partner news.

Thank you!

Happy November!
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