October 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 employers with workers, and workers with the resources they need to develop their careers.

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

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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:

Columbus Day

All CDO Workforce Offices will be closed in observance of Columbus Day, Monday, October 12th.
Invest In Skills Event
The NYS Workforce Strategy Group Releases A New Way Forward:
Bold Actions to Reshape New York's Labor Market

The NYS Workforce Strategy Group, a group convened by Invest in Skills NY (ISNY), has released a range of policy, funding and programmatic recommendations to address persistent labor market issues that were exacerbated by Covid-19.

The report, A New Way Forward: Bold Actions to Reshape New York’s Labor Market, compiles immediate, short-term, and long-term actions for Governor Andrew Cuomo and state policymakers to stabilize the economy and workers; to get more New Yorkers trained for the jobs of today and tomorrow; and to rebuild, rethink and reform that state’s workforce and training systems. 

“This crisis has afforded New York a real shot, and truly an imperative, to be deliberate about how we rebuild our labor market and workforce,” said Melinda Mack, co-chair of ISNY and executive director of New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals. “Tapping into New York’s leading experts, the NYS Workforce Strategy Group has laid out pragmatic, actionable and achievable steps that will ultimately help New Yorkers get back on their feet and ultimately access better jobs. ”

The recommendations focus on:
• Getting New Yorkers back to work by stabilizing small businesses, the working poor and eliminating barriers to employment
• Using existing federal and state funding, state authority and increased coordination to expand opportunity for all New Yorkers
• Rebuilding local and regional labor markets with an emphasis on quality job growth
• Deepening the coordination of economic and workforce development

The NYS Workforce Strategy Group included representatives from business intermediaries, leading workforce providers and advocates all with the common goal of supporting an equitable economic recovery and getting New Yorkers back to work.

The NYS Workforce Strategy Group recommendations follow ISNY's “Accounting for Success: A Blueprint for Measuring the Performance of New York State’s Workforce Development System” report, which aims to guide policymakers in the development of a statewide, 21st century data system for workforce development. "A 21st century workforce development strategy must be able to answer basic questions on the performance of the system to ensure that we are effectively connecting labor supply with labor demand," said Marjorie Parker, president and CEO of JobsFirstNYC, a co-chair organization of ISNY.

"We need your support to make sure that the recommendations that have been developed are adopted and implemented across New York. Sign on today to show your support!"

"Join us on Wednesday, October 7th at 10am for a full overview of the A New Way Forward: Bold Actions to Reshape New York’s Labor Market report."

CDO Workforce & Partner News
Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties Receives Grant To Train Women for Technology Careers

The program will be available in the following counties:
Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga, Fulton, Montgomery & Schoharie

To build upon its cutting-edge programs that help Upstate New York job-seekers connect with good-paying jobs, the Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $716,676 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau.

The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations grant will help women enter apprenticeships in the high growth information technology sector while helping local employers recruit, develop, and retain a highly skilled workforce.

The project builds upon the WDB’s American Apprenticeship Initiative, which broke ground in New York State through its development of Registered Apprenticeships in the information technology sector.

“This grant will allow us to tap into the vast pool of talented women in our region who have the potential to enter the IT and cybersecurity sector, but have not have the training needed to enter apprenticeships that employers are creating all around us,” said Alice Savino, Executive Director of the WDB.

The project will develop a pre-apprenticeship pathway to help women build their skills while also addressing the real world balancing act of juggling child care and other responsibilities faced by working women. It plans to help 200 women enter apprenticeships being created across the Mohawk Valley and Upstate New York.

“Upstate New York has always been a region where we have understood and recognized the importance of collaboration and partnerships between employers and our workforce development agencies,” Savino said. “This is a time when our region has unlimited potential due to the growth of new high-tech, high-growth career sectors and the resurgence of traditional sectors such as manufacturing. This project has been designed to be the catalyst that helps women connect with education and then connect with good-paying jobs.”

The project also features an aggressive outreach plan to help women making career choices enter the sector.

“We want the women who are considering technology careers to have the tools and support they need for success,” Savino said. “We want to share the many success stories in our region with young women who are making life and career choices so that they can understand that this sector is one where they can achieve success.”

The WDB was among six organizations nationally that were awarded grants.

“The Women’s Bureau is honored to administer the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations grants,” said Women’s Bureau Director Laurie Todd-Smith, Ph.D. “This grant program provides funding to community organizations to help women reach self-sufficiency by providing the skills needed to pursue careers that they may have thought were out of reach to them.”

Savino noted that the WDB will be working closely with partners including the New York State Department of Labor, Mohawk Valley Community College, Griffiss Institute and Empowered Pathways to implement a comprehensive project that will increase the numbers of women seeking to enter the IT sector.

“We want the gates of opportunity to be wide open for everyone,” Savino said. “The WDB’s commitment has been to serve the all people of our region. With this project and these partnerships, we are happy to have the opportunity to implement this project.

To learn more about this grant, contact Alice J. Savino, Executive Director, 209 Elizabeth St., Utica, NY 13501. Phone: 315-793-6037. e-mail: asavino@working-solutions.org
Sidney CDO Workforce Receives 2019 Veterans’ Program Incentive Office Award

Sidney CDO Workforce recently received the 2019 Veterans’ Program Incentive Office Award. The office award is based on priority of service implementation. Offices that have demonstrated priority of services to veterans qualify for this award.

For the office to qualify for an incentive award the office must:
  • Have provided an initial assessment to a higher percentage of veterans than non-veterans; and
  • Have a lower percentage of unemployed veterans than non–veterans exiting from services without a successful outcome

Congratulations, Sidney staff!
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

Project Director
Veronica Miller
Free Learning Opportunity
Free Online Skills Training
Set yourself up for success!

With more than 5,000 courses to choose from, you can:

  • Gain new skills
  • Keep current skills fresh
  • Help your resume stand out
  • Prepare for re-entry into a new job market

This online learning platform is available for free to all businesses and residents of Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida, NY, counties.

Take courses at your own pace and set yourself up for success!

Everything You Need to Vote
Register to vote. Check your registration status. Get your absentee ballot. Fast, free, easy, secure, nonpartisan. 
You can get all the information you need for voting in person, registering and getting an absentee ballot and more HERE
Unemployment Benefits
#IRS reminds you that unemployment compensation is taxable.
Make sure you plan ahead to avoid a tax-time surprise.

COVID-19 Resources
We've Added More Resources to Our COVID-19 Repository!

Workforce Events & Opportunities
Save the date! 

Wednesday, October 21st, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, DCMO BOCES is sponsoring a virtual career event: Hospital Jobs 101 for exploring career pathways and training in Healthcare.
Hear from a panel of experts including United Health Services (UHS) and SUNY Morrisville.

Free Business Assistance
and Recovery Webinars

The Delaware County Chamber, along with the Commerce Chenango, will sponsor two FREE online workshops hosted by the United States Small Business Administration on October 15 from noon to 1 p.m. where business owners can learn about COVID-19 relief and recovery programs.

New Certificate & Degree Programs!

The Career Pathways III Program
wants to help you!

In partnering with existing training programs – including those preparing students for the TASC (high school equivalency) – Career Pathways will provide encouragement and incentives, as well as referrals to employers, to allow individuals to follow a pathway to success.

CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund

For Small Businesses and
Non-Profit Organizations

Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Mohawk, New York, will receive a $3 million EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to capitalize and administer an RLF to provide low interest loans to coronavirus-impacted small businesses in Montgomery, Fulton, Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego and Schoharie counties.

CDO Workforce Mentoring Services

In collaboration with the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, CDO Workforce now provides mentoring services to eligible participants of the Out-Of-School Youth Program, as well as youth with a disability (ages 16 to 24).

CareerScope: Aptitude
and Interest Assessments

DYK that CDO offers aptitude and interest assessments for all job seekers, including youth with disabilities, veterans and other underserved populations?

The Place in conjunction with Artist Palette is proud to offer:
 Photography Class– Fall 2020

Thursdays: October 15th-November 19th
Located at: The Artist Palette 17-19 South Board Street Norwich
Cost: Free, all materials provided
Ages: 12-19

For more information or to register contact:
Breanne Heath
607-336-9696 X106

Space is limited!!!!
DCMO BOCES Entrepreneur Academy

DCMO BOCES recently announced the opening of their Entrepreneur Academy and the first 4-Weeks To Business Workshop. The program designed to help individuals launch a small business using Internet tools is a part of the Adult and Continuing Education program.

DCMO BOCES Graduates from the class of 2020 will have the opportunity to apply for funding to cover all workshop expenses.

The first workshop of the Entrepreneur Academy begins the last week of October.

Spotlight on Workers with Disabilities
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2020

This year marks not only the 75th observance of NDEAM, but also the 30th anniversary of the ADA. Both milestones are being commemorated with a range of events and activities centered on the theme "Increasing Access and Opportunity."

This free, comprehensive toolkit helps job seekers with a disabilities along their career path, and the families and communities that support them.
Your Dream Your Team

Your Dream, Your Team helps create career pathways for youth with disabilities. Job seekers can discover tips and tools to help in their journey to a career, while individuals in organizations that support the disability community can review resources and guidance to help their youth customers find employment.

CDO Workforce Seeks Adults, Youth and Youth with Disabilities
Who Want to Explore Careers

Use the Virtual Job Shadow Program in the comfort of your own home.

The software program is designed to help:

1. Improve awareness about careers

2. Assessment of personal interests, skills and talents

3. Discover what jobs match your interests and talents

4. Learn about those careers through watching videos

5. Discover the education and training necessary to enter these career fields

5. How to apply for jobs that match your interests and talents

For more information or to sign-up, please e-mail your contact information to: cdoworkforce@gmail.com
Have questions about ABLE Accounts?

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

Go here to see answers to Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.ablenrc.org/frequently-asked-questions/

To learn more, visit the ABLE National Resource Center: www.ablenrc.org or e-mail Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC) Alan Sessions at cdoworkforce@gmail.com or
DRC Kathy DeAngelo at deangelok@otsegocounty.com
Honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy

Celebration of RBG’s contributions to disability rights and inclusion

"As we, as a nation, mourn the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, National Disability Institute celebrates her life and many contributions to disability rights and inclusion..."

A Great Way to Learn More about ADA!

ADA Live! is a free monthly internet-based radio talk show offered by the Southeast ADA Center, for individuals interested in learning more about their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The show airs on the first Wednesday of each month from 1:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m.(Eastern) and 12 Noon-12:30 p.m. (Central).
No registration is required. On the day of the live broadcast, links to the live audio and real-time captioning will be available on www.adalive.org. You can submit your questions for ADA Live!, view the complete program schedule and connect to recordings of past episodes, including a transcript, resources and more.
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.  

3 Surprising Reasons
You Didn't Get Hired
After a Great Interview

Read the article at GlassDoor and contact our career counselors: we can help you with your resume AND your interviewing skills-- and lots more!
Looking for a career that fits
your true self?

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Business Skills Curriculums
that you can take for free on our

  •  Administrative Support Curriculum
  •  Business Analysis Curriculum
  •  Communication Curriculum
  •  Customer Service Curriculum
  •  Finance and Accounting Curriculum
  •  Foundation Skills Curriculum
  •  Global Banking and Financial Services Curriculum
  •  Human Resources Curriculum
  •  Industry Foundations Curriculum
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  • Team Building Curriculum
Featured Job Opportunities
Mirabito’s Energy Products is looking for Home Delivery Drivers in their Oneonta market
Qualified candidates must be dependable, reliable, possess excellent customer service skills and a valid CDL B or CDL A license with tank and hazmat endorsements.
Will assist with getting hazmat endorsements.

Coventry Transport Service, LLC has open positions in Greene, NY
Job Title:
  • Delivery Driver/Farm Pick-up Driver
Job Description:
This position is responsible for the pick-up of milk at local producers in accordance with the routes and schedules established by the Company. Responsibilities include: the operation of tractors and trailers, the loading of milk and providing courteous service to producers. Basic math skills are required as well as the ability to lift 50 lbs. Two years of driving experience, a clean driver's license, a pre-employment drug screening as well as random drug testing. Also responsible for delivering milk to processing plants, all loads are home the same day. Pay rates are negotiable, depending on full time or part time, the need of benefits, etc.
How to Apply:
To apply, contact the employer in person, or by telephone:
Brian Tripple
State 2505 State Hwy 206
Greene, NY 13778
Phone: (607) 656-4967

Delhi Telephone Company (DTC) is looking for a full-time Customer Service Representative
Applicant must demonstrate good organizational skills, possess strong computer knowledge, be detail oriented, and effectively multi-task in a past paged environment. Applicant must perform as a team player and interact with customers in a professional manner. High school diploma or equivalent required. Prior customer service experience a plus. Competitive wage and benefits package.
To Apply:
Send resume and cover letter to hr@delhitel.com
Business & Community News and Resources
Forward Together: Fueling New York's Economy Engine Virtual Fall Conference
An Interactive Virtual Event

"New York's economy has been reshaped, and the future ahead depends on our innovation. Join the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals and NYS Economic Development Council for a virtual event, aimed at informing, inspiring and connecting you to national best practices, regional shifts and local collaborators."

Need Primary Healthcare but have Little or No Health Insurance?

The Oneonta Community Health Center (OCHC) provides free, compassionate primary health care to the uninsured and underinsured adults of Otsego and surrounding counties.

OCHC also helps eligible patients enroll in county, state or federal health insurance programs and obtain needed medications and advanced care.

For an appointment call: 607.433.0300
Transportation to Employment (TEP) Voucher Program

Getthere’s Transportation to Employment Program (TEP) provides short-term transportation assistance to individuals who are not able to afford the cost of transportation at the start of employment.

While individuals build their earnings to cover transportation costs, the TEP Coordinator works with each participant to identify and establish a long-term, sustainable plan to get to and from work.

Getthere also provides financial assistance to get to health care appointments. No referral needed!

Contact the Getthere Call Center
at (855) 373-4040.

U.S. Department of Labor announces Campaign to Share the Benefits with Job Seekers and Employers

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the launch of a campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of registered apprenticeships, and increase participation by business leaders and job seekers nationwide.

NYS Manufacturing Day 2020

NYS Manufacturing Day 2020 is an on-line event that will celebrate manufacturers from across New York State and highlight the pathways students can take toward manufacturing careers.

"Help jumpstart the next generation’s interest in Manufacturing. #MFGDay20"

Businesses: DYK that CDO Workforce offers a wide variety of services that we can help you with?**

  • Recruit employees.
  • Find grants and train workers.
  • Strengthen your work force.
  • Access labor market information.
  • Network with other businesses.
  • Create a custom solution or speak with our business representative.
  • Post Your Job Openings.
  • Develop internships and other employment opportunities.
  • Network with human resource and business professionals.
  • Restructure your business.
  • Find resources to strengthen your business.
  • And More!

**We are your local American Job Center; there is never a charge for our services.

Do You Have Questions About
Health Insurance?

Call: Kelly Ames
Fidelis Care Community Relations Specialist
315 466 9567

She can help you by phone.

Fidelis Care offers quality, affordable health insurance for qualifying children and
adults of all ages through Qualified Health Plans and the New York State-sponsored
Child Health Plus, Essential Plan, and Medicaid programs.
CDO Workforce Program & Incentive Highlights
**In-Person Workshops are suspended at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to serve job seekers and businesses by email, phone, and online.
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 /  Tylena.Daniels@labor.ny.gov OR April Feyh at  (607)-832-5782 /  april.feyh@co.delaware.ny.us
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 / david.croston@labor.ny.gov
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 maggie.gilbert@co.delaware.ny.us 
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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Thank you!

Happy October!
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