Chenango-Delaware-Otsego County Workforce

October 2018
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CDO Workforce October Holiday

All CDO Workforce offices will be closed on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8, 2018.

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

Success! CDO Workforce Summer Youth Program

The Delaware County Summer Youth Employment Program placed 104 youth across Delaware County in summer jobs in their own communities this year. 

These work experiences assisted young people in improving their workplace skills, career readiness, development of positive contacts, and exploration of fields of interest.  

In addition to being able to earn a paycheck, youth are able to attend workshops where they learn important life skills such as money management, interviewing successfully, and the impact of their digital footprint.  

The Summer Youth Employment Program teaches our youth valuable skills and lessons that will help them on their road to success

Funding for our summer program is provided by the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance/Delaware County Department of Social Services. In addition, we receive funding from the O'Connor Foundation and Walton Fairgrounds. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve youth in our community.
Received 166 on time Applications  (91 TANF, 75 O'Connor)
Placed 104 Youth Total  (68 TANF, 36 O'Connor) 
44 Worksites
5 Educational Workshops:  Delhi, Sidney, Walton, South Kortright, Deposit

Read What Oneonta Business Owner Jill Morgan-Meek 
Says About the Summer Youth Program

"As a new, small, local business owner, I wanted to express to the State of New York and the County of Otsego, through you, my sincere gratitude for the Summer Employment Program."
"In your line of work you know how hard it is to build a business however, I can say that because of this program it gave me the assistance I needed to take my business to the next level."
"It was a true delight to have Camillia Cimko represent my business and I could easily see the skills she built over the years through this program."
"Thank you again for helping to make a difference in my small business and I only hope that I was able to make a positive impact in the lives of the youths I worked with."
Jill Morgan-Meek, Owner
Transitions Consignment Boutique

Summer Youth Participant Camillia Cimko with Jill Morgan-Meek, 
Owner of Transitions Consignment Boutique


Out-Of-School Youth Participate in Work Ethics Training

Participants in the Out-Of-School (OOS) Youth Program completed another " Bring Your A-Game to Work" ethics training course on September 7th. 

The Students were given valuable tools and information to improve their work ethic, both when trying to get a job and while they are employed.

One of the many benefits of the CDO Workforce OOS Youth Program is that youth enrolled in the program are able to take advantage of classes and training that are not offered in any other program. This training boosts their resumes and gives them a step-up on being more marketable to potential employers

Please Welcome James (Jim) Howard, 
Labor Services Representative Trainee 1, to our Oneonta Office! 

Jim began his employment with the NYS Department of Labor on September 6th. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, and several years' experience as a customer service professional in the healthcare field. 

"He is acclimating very well to his new role in the career center, and we are pleased to have him join our team," says Supervising Labor Services Representative Debra Barton.


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. 
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 


BEAM Sustainability Manual

A college access manual developed by BEAM as part of their sustainability plan has been released. To view the document, click here
Additionally, you can also access the Accuplacer Guide by clicking here.
If you have any questions or want more information regarding BEAM please contact Veronica Miller, WIF BEAM Project Director, at
For Job Seekers: Resume Tips
Resume Tips for Job Seekers

"Ten resume tips you probably haven't thought of." 

A resume is a marketing tool - so make sure you have a resume that is getting employers interested in interviewing you for the jobs you want. A well done resume is essential for success! You're invited to our FREE resume writing workshop! Bring a copy of your current resume-- and learn about different resumes styles with an emphasis on what works and what doesn't work. Learn what employers look for in a resume, and get the tools you need to fine tune your resume.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...

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Mohawk Valley Workforce Summit

Mohawk Valley Workforce Summit

A Mohawk Valley Workforce Summit, sponsored by Otsego County Chamber of Commerce & NYS Senator Seward, will be held on Wednesday, October 24th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown.
The theme for the Summit is "Attracting Talent and Growing the Employer-Ready Workforce in Otsego County and the Mohawk Valley Region."

A Resource Fair for Businesses will be held just before the start of the event

Presenters include NYS Officials, NYSDOL Research & Statistics, Institute on Employment and Disability, American Apprenticeship Initiative, local schools & students. 

This will be an interactive conference with panel discussions

For more information please contact Barbara Ann Heegan, President & CEO, at

Presentation: Workforce Trends & Issues

Identifying Talent: Perceptions, Accomodations & Partnerships

"We often hear about job seekers with disabilities being a "hidden" talent pool. While it is true that  people with  disabilities are a commonly overlooked resource, whether their talents are hidden is a matter of perception and  perspective. People with disabilities are a diverse group with a wealth of strengths, abilities and talents, yet they are  also among the most marginalized when it comes to promoting their full inclusion in the workforce

This presentation  provides an overview of the importance of uncovering our own belief systems about what talent looks like, along  with the importance of understanding and offering workplace accommodations to uncover what may not see

Finally,  it is through partnerships among businesses, workforce development and disability service professionals that we  identify, hire and promote the talents of job seekers with disabilities, while at the same time meeting business needs."

Event Details:

8:30 - 9:00 am - Registration & Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 am - Opening Comments & NDEAM Awards Presentation
9:15 - 10:45 am - Presentation/Questions and Answers

Agriculture Development Center at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County
840 Upper Front St., Binghamton, NY 13905

Call: 607.741.4667

Cost: $20 (to be paid at the door) includes breakfast and seminar materials.
Cash or checks payable to Broome-Tioga JSEC.
Please note - "No-Shows" will be billed for the event.
Deadline to Register: Monday, October 1st at 3:00 pm

*** This program has been submitted for 1.5 recertification credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through Human Resources  Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information on certification or recertification, please visit the HRCI homepage at

To learn more about the event or to download the flyer, click here

Did you know that  CDO Workforce has a resource and information page available on our website that  provides information for employers who have hired or who are interested in hiring workers with disabilities?

The page includes information about tax credits and where to go to get your questions answered, as well as informative and inspirational stories and news articles.

To visit the page, click here.  

Community Events

Main Street Cooptoberfest

Main Street Cooptoberfest returns to historic downtown Cooperstown on Saturday, October 6th 2018.
The event is a celebration of Cooperstown's Main Street and the community, artistry, and historythat abounds in the village and surrounding areas.
The event will showcase Cooperstown as a regional gem and destination for family fun. The event is also an opportunity for Main Street restaurants and retailers to showcase their businesses to the crowd of locals and visiting attendees. Main Street will be lined with vendors, games, bounce houses, live music, a cornhole tournament, and more.
NEW to this years event: 
Eat Drink Cooperstown takes place downtown Cooperstown, NY in the historic Doubleday Parking Lot offering attendees a new experience that showcases a variety of local beverage styles and foods from the our own hometown. To find out more, click here

Living Healthier Expo 2019 - Vendor Selection 

The 2019 Living Healthier Expo Committee is starting the process for vendor selection for the 2019
Living Healthier Expo.

"Through everyone's support and collaborative effort, we were all responsible for the success of the 2018 Living Healthier Expo. On behalf of our Director, Heidi Bond, the Expo Committee and Department of Health staff, we thank you. We look forward to working with our partners to provide a beneficial healthcare event to the residents of our region April 5th and 6th 2019."

Please complete the application and return it to the Otsego Department of Health. If your entity charges a fee for service or sells products, please request an event vendor sponsorship application from the event committee.

Please call a committee member listed at 547-4230 with any questions.
  • Mathew Johnson, RN CHN, Co-Chairman 2019 LHE Committee
  • Alex Scorzafava, EPC, Co-Chairman 2019 LHE Committee
  • Laura Bryant, LPN. Secretary 2019 LHE Committee
To download the application, click here

NY 19 Congressional Candidate Contenders to Debate 
at Walton Invitational
Voters will have an opportunity to quiz contenders for New York's 19th Congressional District seat in a moderated debate forum on Tuesday, October 16 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the historic Walton Theatre on Gardiner Place, Walton.

Congressional candidates who have secured a place on the ballot have been invited to participate. Those include incumbent John Faso (Rep.)  and challengersAntonio Delgado (Dem.), Steven Greenfield (Green) and Diane Neal (Ind.).

New York State Farm Bureau Director of Communications Steve Ammerman will moderate the debate at which previously screened written questions will be posed to each candidate on a rotating, non-rebuttal basis. Responses, introductory remarks and closing statements will be timed.  This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates in person and hear answers to your questions! 

Doors will open at 6 p.m. to allow attendees time to submit their written questions ahead of the debate.

For more information contact the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce at 607.746.2281 or click here.

Chenango Health Network - Garden of Hope

ALICE is a United Way acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
"ALICE is your child care worker, your parent on Social Security, the cashier at your supermarket, the gas attendant, the salesperson at your big box store, your waitress, a home health aide, an office clerk. ALICE cannot always pay the bills, has little or nothing in savings, and is forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent. One unexpected car repair or medical bill can push these financially strapped families over the edge.

Our mission is to make the invisible visible by shining a light on the true number of families struggling in the U.S. We aim to change the national dialogue about the impact on families, communities, and all of us when financial crisis is the norm for so many. Traditional measures of poverty do not capture the magnitude of people who are struggling financially. Our new metric offers a better way to count and understand ALICE, and to ultimately inform policy decisions to affect positive change for this growing portion of our population."

To learn about ALICE in New York, click here

The Chenango United Way is available to present to your employees, Boards of Directors or other interested community groups about ALICE in Chenango County. 

"Together we can increase awareness about the struggles families are dealing with and work to remove the barriers they face every day."

Please call the Chenango United Way office at 607-334-8815 for more information.


Recovery Coach Academy

College & Community Job Fair - Currently Seeking Exhibtors

Commerce Chenango along with Morrisville State College-Norwich would like to extend an opportunity for your business to become an integral part of their College & Community Job Fair. 

This one day event will bring high school students and job seekers from the community together 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 non-profit organizations as well as College and University recruiters

Please register prior to October 12th for a booth .

Don't delay as space is limited. 

This event will take place in the Community Room of Roger W. Follett Hall on Morrisville State College's Norwich campus. You will be asked to arrive between 8 - 8:30 a.m. and stay until 3:00 p.m. 

To learn more, click here

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.

Southside Mall Job Fair
Businesses: Meet Job Seekers! 
Participate in our Job Fair October 25th

The Southside Mall, CDO Workforce and NYS Department of Labor would like to invite you to participate in the Southside Mall 2018 Job Fair on October 25th from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. 

This event is sure to attract many candidates!  

This is an excellent opportunity for you to meet job seekers and fill openings within your company!  

Participants will be provided a table and 2 chairs. If you have any other needs, such as electrical outlets or additional tables, please indicate that on your registration form.

We ask that businesses commit to being available the entire length of the Job Fair, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Setup is from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Please complete the registration form and return by October 19th, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact David Croston at (607) 778-3004 or by email

To download the registration form,  click here
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Job Seekers: Come to the Southside Mall Job Fair
October 25th in Oneonta!

Meet with Businesses from the following Sectors: 
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Seasonal Businesses 
  • Food Preparation & Serving Related
This event will feature many area businesses who are looking to fill immediate job openings and are eager to hire. There are hundreds of varied job titles and skill sets to choose from, including opportunities for career advancement and higher earnings. Many businesses are also offering on-the-job training. 

This is a great opportunity to learn how your skills would fit into a new and rewarding career! 

No Appointment Necessary.
Dress for success.
Bring plenty of resumes.

Where: Southside Mall, 5006 State Highway 23, Oneonta, NY  13820

When: October, 25, 2018, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

To see the list of Businesses Registered, click here

To download the flyer, click here

NYATEP Fall Conference

NYATEP Fall Conference:
A New Dawn for Workforce in New York

The New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP) invites you to attend their Fall Conference.

"It is an exciting time for workforce development in New York State, with nearly double the resources available to spark innovation in the field.
We invite you to join the New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals and the NYS Economic Development Council for a unique event to re-imagine the workforce system in NY, to learn from experts in NY and from across the country and to network with leaders in economic & workforce development, post-secondary education and job training, business and government.

As the workforce system continues to move towards full implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act, New York is looking to revolutionize its system -- and the revolution starts with us.
New investments are slated for expanding effective practices; labor market data; online tools for learning and skill acquisition and new partnerships across sectors to better serve employers and New Yorkers."

When: October 9 - 11, 2018
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Syracuse, NY

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

Job Corps Will Be At Norwich CDO Workforce

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 

To learn more about Job Corps, click here

Social Security Entitlement Programs Workshops

FREE Workshops:
Social Security Entitlement Programs

Many people with disabilities wait years before they are determined to be eligible for benefits. These free Office of Mental Health (OMH) workshops will show you the benefits and advantages of participating in Social Security entitlement programs

These very i nformative and educational workshops will be explained in simple everyday language, so you can better understand and navigate the complex Social Security system, regardless of how much you may already know about these programs. 

If you are c onsidering going back to work and are fearful or skeptical about losing your Social Security benefits, these workshop are for you! Facilitators Garrett Smith and Regina Shoen, will explain how you can go back to work while still receiving benefits. If you are unsure if you are eligible to receive Social Security benefits, that will be explained as well.

These workshops will teach you about:
  • Request a waiver for an overpayment.
  • Avoid spend-downs.
  • Use Social Security work incentives to help maintain SSI and SSDI eligibility as you explore returning to work.
  • Ease off cash benefits and into self-sufficiency.
  • Work full-time and maintain low cost (or even no-cost) health insurance.
  • Get expedited reinstatement of benefits.
PASS plans,1619b, Medicaid Buy-In for Working people with a disability and some of the other underused mechanisms that will be covered. 

These workshops are for people with any type of disability, however, the main focus will be for people with mental health disabilities.

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

To download the flyer, click here

Delaware Opportunities Work In Progress Program
Delaware Opportunities Work In Progress Program

Delaware Opportunities is offering a skills development and work readiness program on October 1st through October 26th

"Choose to walk through the door of opportunity."

The program is free and open to the public.

To learn more or to download the flyer, click here

For more information and/or to register contact:
Delaware Opportunities Inc.
35430 State Hwy 10
Hamden, NY 13782
607-746-1630 or
Free Informational Session: The Opioid Crisis in the Workplace
Free Informational Session:
The Opioid Crisis in the Workplace

"The Opioid Crisis in the Workplace" What can we do? Opioid abuse in Otsego County continues to be an exploding epidemic. We will talk about the impact of this problem, as well as the moral & legal responsibility.

Featured Speaker:
  • Law Firm of Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP, Attorney Dawn J. Lanouette will speak about the legal responsibilities of businesses hiring individuals in recovery and with employees suffering from a substance use disorder (SUD)
Guest Speakers:
  • Dot Marinaccio, ACCES-VR, presents National Disability Employment Awareness Month Award Ceremony
  • Julie Dostal, Executive Director LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addiction: Presentation about addiction & pro¬≠grams LEAF offers to help individuals with substance use disorder 
  • Jennifer Grigoli, Sal's Pizzeria, will share her experience as a "Recovery Friendly" business
  • Bassett Healthcare, James Anderson, PhD, LCHP DSRIP Medical Director - Behavioral & Integrated Services: Presentation about Opioid Addiction
  • Debra Berrios, Executive Director, Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego Counties (FORDO): Presentation about programs that are offered to individuals with substance use disorder
When: Thursday, October 18th, Registration begins at  8:30 AM. Program: 9:00 AM. to 12:30 PM.

Where: Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium , 5798 State Highway 80 Lake Road, Cooperstown, NY

Program is Free / Light Breakfast is Available.

Please RSVP your registration by October 15, 2018.      

To make reservations or for more information, please e-mail:

To learn more or to download the flyer, click here. 

Out-Of-School Youth Fall Leadership Class

Building Business Relationships Seminar

Building Business Relationships Seminar

Diversity Partners Project at the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability (YTI), located at Cornell University is offering free a Building Business Relationships seminar.  

The training is beneficial for job developers, employment specialists, and others in both the public and private sector who connect people with disabilities to jobs.
The training is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, from 9:00 AM to Noon, at The Arc Otsego, 35 Academy St., in Oneonta. 

This training includes 3 hours of classroom training on October 23rd and two hours of webinar based training: 
Wednesday November 7th and Monday November 19th -  for one hour webinars from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. 

Webinars will be recorded and made available. 

This is a free training sponsored by Diversity Partners, with the help of The Arc Otsego and CDO Workforce.

Presenter: Wendy Strobel Gower is the Project Director of the Diversity Partners Project and the Northeast ADA Center at YTI. Ellice Switzer is a Content Development Specialist and Trainer at YTI working on the Diversity Partners Project, the NYSCASE, and the NY Transition Services Professional Development Support Center. 

Reservations are required: Please e-mail: with attendees' name, title, agency, & e-mail address.

Reservations Deadline: October 18.  

Questions: contact Alan Sessions at 607-432-4800 x 109 
Training Outline: Building Relationships (3 hours classroom. 9-Noon, October 23, 2018):
  • Assessing employer needs: Learn how to prepare for meetings with employers and how to engage them around their specific business needs.
  • Establishing a professional identity: Learn about the importance of understanding business language and avoiding your own jargon.
  • Understanding policy Initiatives: Learn about the business impact of employment first policies, Section 503 of the Rehab Act, executive orders and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  • Industry and Sector Expertise: Developing and using industry and sector expertise as a means of building relationships with businesses and creating better opportunities for people with disabilities.
One hour webinar on Sustaining Relationships (1 Hour -  Nov. 7th, 1:00 PM):
  • Enhancing your value to employers:  Understand and communicate your value to employers beyond one-off job match.
  • Partnerships and business led coalitions: Case examples of successful Partnerships and collaborations from around the country.
Optional follow up webinar (Nov. 19th, 1:00 PM -2:00 PM): Accessing Job-Driven training: Reasonable Modification for Job Seekers with Disabilities.  
Five Benefits of an Internship in High School
Career Onestop Blog:
Five Benefits of an Internship in High School

" Frustrated with employment rejections due to lack of work experience? Finding paid work in high school can be very difficult when you haven't had a job before. Internships are a great way to get real work experience, and prepare for a good career after high school. "

To read the blog post,  click here. 
SUNY Delhi Notary Public Workshop

SUNY Delhi Notary Public Workshop

Are you interested in becoming a Notary Public? Have you ever become frustrated with the lack of accurate information available about the office of Notary Public

This workshop prepares individuals for the NYS test and provides a comprehensive view of the Notary Public Office. Concepts and procedures are clarified in plain English, not in confusing legal terminology. Examples are provided to illustrate situations that the office is likely to encounter and more.

When: October 16, 2018, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM 

Where: SUNY Delhi Farrell Hall, Room 211A & B

Registration deadline: October 10, 2018

Cost: $139.00. (Includes the reference guide/textbook, Notary Public Handbook and A Guide to New York.)

For more information call 607-746-4545 or click here

To download the brochure/registration form, 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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Do You Need Transportation?
Do You Need Transportation? 

Ride Sharing is Available i n Chenango, Delaware & Otsego Counties

To help you get to work, a  new transportation option is now available; a "Ride Sharing" website that matches drivers and riders with similar work destinations in the area. Now, for the first time ever,  511NYRideshare has information on three south central NY counties: Otsego, Delaware, and Chenango. 

Is Finding Transportation to Medical Appointments a Problem?

Mobility Management of South Central New York (MMSCNY) is helping to resolve transportation issues.  Contact the Toll Free Call Center, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday - Friday: 1-855-373-4040.

To visit the MMSCNY website, click here

To download the flyer with information on both programs, click here

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. 

A ll classes will take place at 31 Center Street (the old Center Street School) in Oneonta, from 9AM to 2PM.
  • October 6th
  • November 10th
  • 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

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 *
Contac t Oneonta  Job Corps for more information.
21 Homer Folks Avenue
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 431-1446 or
(607) 431-1443
Manufacturing Day at SUNY Polytechnic
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National Council for the American Worker Holds First Meeting
National Council for the American Worker
Holds Inaugural Meeting
Photo Courtesy U.S. Dept.of Labor

The National Council for the American Worker held its first meeting on Sept. 17th. The Council is developing a national strategy to ensure that America's students and workers have access to affordable, relevant, and innovative education and job training that will equip them to compete and win in the global economy.

So far, more than 100 companies have signed a Pledge to America's Workers to commit to reskilling over 4.3 million American workers and offering them new jobs.

"This was the first interagency meeting of the National Council for the American Worker," said Ivanka Trump, senior White House advisor. "It was incredibly productive. We talked about, obviously, the booming and robust economy that has created unprecedented opportunity and really creating tremendous potential for so many who have been on the sidelines of the economy and now entering the workforce. And we want to ensure that they're equipped with the skills and the training needed to thrive in our modern economy.

"So we are working towards developing what was in your executive order, which is the National Workforce Strategy. The most critical ways that we're doing that is leveraging data to create transparency around educational outcomes; to ensure that we're making available the data so that people know where the vacant jobs are located, where the best use of their time is spent; to ensure that they're getting the skills and credentials that will enable them to secure a family-sustaining job. And then, of course, working with the private sector to ensure that they step up to the plate and join this effort, and partner with us to invest in their own workforces."

To read more, click here
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Happy October!
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