Chenango-Delaware-Otsego County Workforce

September 2018
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CDO Workforce September Holiday

All CDO Workforce offices will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 3rd.

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.

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

Youth Services Career Advisor Daniel Goldman 
Participates in Mock Interviews for the
Chenango County Summer Youth Employment Program

On August 3rd, 2018, The Place invited CDO Workforce Youth Services Career Advisor Daniel Goldman to participate in the mock interviews for the Chenango County Summer Youth Employment Program.

Daniel interviewed the SYEP participants and provided them with feedback on their interviewing skills and abilities

The mock interviews gave the students an opportunity to use the knowledge they gained through the SYEP and discuss interviewing with a professional in the workforce development field

CDO Workforce Out-of-School Youth Success Story

Mitchel was a CDO Workforce Out of School Youth participant, who exited the program in March because he completed the Youth Services and had become employed full time.

Every month, Mitchel's youth counselor, Dan Goldman, would reach out to Mitchel as part of the Youth Program's monthly follow up services. Mitchel would report that he loved his job and was on pace to receive a raise and a permanent position

In June however, Mitchel informed Dan that he quit his job because his raise and permanent position never came and he was told it was not going to come any time soon. He said he wanted to work in a job where he was making more money and working in a permanent capacity, not through a staffing agency

Mitchel mentioned that he wanted to work at a big factory located much closer to his home than his job that he just quit. Dan got Mitchel in for an appointment to update his resume and apply for the packaging job within two days of Mitchel quitting his original job

After obtaining Mitchel's permission, Dan used his personal connections and networks to submit Mitchel's resume for the position and request an interview

Dan was able to secure the interview for Mitchel and Mitchel did such an impressive job that he was offered the packaging job! Mitchel began his job in July and is earning $2.00 more in hourly wage and working for the company directly. 

Dan usually speaks to Mitchel every other week to check in on him and see how he is doing. Mitchel's response is always to thank Dan because he is doing great, loves his job and couldn't have gotten to where he is now without the help of Dan. Dan always responds that hearing Mitchel doing well and in a position that he loves is thanks enough!


Vietnam Veteran Fred Stone Jr. & William Haines (DVOP)

Fred Stone Jr., Wife & Granddaughter

Vietnam Veteran Receives Diploma from Sherburne-Earlville School District through Project Recognition

On August 9, Fred Stone Jr.'s lifetime dream came to fruition when NYS Department of Labor Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist William Haines, on behalf of the Sherburne-Earlville School District, presented him with his high school diploma.
Mr. Stone Jr., who is a Vietnam war era veteran, qualified for the diploma through a program called Operation Recognition. Initiated in 2005, the program entitles veterans of World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars to a high school diploma from any New York State public school.
Mr. Stone Jr. came into the Norwich CDO Workforce office seeking assistance in finding employment. It was determined that Mr. Stone Jr. was eligible to receive DVOP services and was referred to Mr. Haines. During initial intake interview, it was discovered that Mr. Stone Jr. did not possess a high school diploma or GED. Mr. Haines explained the Operation Recognition program to Mr. Stone Jr. who was more than eager to begin the process. After gathering the proper documentation needed to process Mr. Stone Jr.'s application, Mr. Haines forwarded the completed application package to the Sherburne-Earlville school district Superintendent for processing. Mr. Stone Jr.'s application was expedited by the school and his diploma was sent to Mr. Haines's office for presentation.
"I had the Veteran's diploma sent to me so that it could be presented during a small in-office ceremony," said Mr. Haines. "I could have had the diploma sent directly to the veteran's home, but I do not think that is appropriate. These veterans served our country during a time of war and they risked all they had to guarantee our freedom, so I try to at least provide a semblance of a high school graduation. I purchased a cake in the school colors and had a small ceremony with the veteran's family and office staff involved.  It's a small thing that means a lot to the veteran," said Mr. Haines.


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
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The  American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) is building a  new sustainable regional pipelin e specific to  advanced manufacturing , including  nanotechnology, cybersecurity and unmanned vehicle systems .  

This program helps people who have an interest in becoming an apprentice and employers who have an apprenticeship program, or are interested in starting one, located in the following counties:  
Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins. 

Contact us to 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 Participant Survey

The BEAM program is coming to a close. We sent a survey to program participants to get their feedback on the program.

"The results are a true reflection of the impact BEAM had on college stop outs. This feedback is wonderful and clearly indicates that the BEAM program is needed and positively impacted individuals interested in returning to post-secondary education," says BEAM Project Director Veronica Miller.

Here's what some of  BEAM Program enrollees had to say about the BEAM program in Chenango, Delaware & Otsego (CDO):

Favorite Thing About the Program:
"I could come to Heather with any questions at almost any given time." 
"The very courteous staff being so supportive of their clients needs." 

Most Valuable Resource or Support Received Because of BEAM:
"The access to information."
"The best part is they helped me get into college with less than a month until classes started. They helped me get a printer for my math class, helped me through all the financial stuff and just being there in general for any questions that I had."

Other Feedback:
"Wouldn't be where I am today without Alan."
"Heather is a huge help and a big part of my support system."


To see the entire survey, click here
Return-to-Work Toolkit - Resource for Employers

Return-to-Work Toolkit

"When employees experience illness or injury, it often impacts their ability to perform their jobs. In cases where an employee is out of work due to illness or injury, it's in everyone's best interest to return him or her to work in some capacity as soon as they are able.

Return-to-work strategies and programs have traditionally been used to reduce workers' compensation costs; however, they can do much more - they can improve productivity and morale across an organization, they can save organizations time and money and they can protect agencies from loss of talent. 

Fortunately, accommodations for employees returning to work are highly cost effective, with most incurring little or no expense at all. 

To learn more and view or download resources, click here

For Job Seekers: Interviewing Tips
Interviewing Tips for Job Seekers

"Here's how you can prepare for these common interview questions."

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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LinkedIn =  Increased Opportunities

LinkedIn: A Great Tool for Increasing Opportunities

LinkedIn is the largest professional networking site available today. 

At a recent New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP) Board meeting, workforce professionals shared stories about the benefits of using LinkedIn, including increased opportunities gained through networking and sharing information.

It's a great tool for job seekers too! If you are a job seeker, we also invite you to take our free LinkedIn 101 workshop.  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. To find out more about our LinkedIn workshop, click here


RHENSOM Living Well Program Workshops

Living Well with Chronic Pain and Living Well 
with a Chronic Disease Workshop Series

Starting in September, the Rural Health Education Network of Schoharie, Otsego & Mongomery Counties (RHENSOM) Living Well Program is offering a free 4-7-week workshop series: Living Well with Chronic Pain and Living Well with a Chronic Disease.

Each workshop is 2.5 hours.  

Participants gain support from others, and learn how to manage symptoms by: pacing oneself, using their mind to manage symptoms, setting goals and problem solving, exercising, eating healthy, coping with difficult emotions, and learning ways to talk to doctors, family, and friends about their needs. 

Contact the Living Well program at Bassett HealthCare today, to enroll and begin achieving life style changes one step at time.

To learn more or view/download the brochure, click here.

Phone: 607-547-3948

NYS Smokers' Quitline

NYS Smokers' Quitline Launches Enhanced Website

The NYS Smokers' Quitline, headquartered at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, NY, recently launched a fully updated, redesigned and mobile-ready website  Enhanced visuals, easier-to-read text and navigation that is more intuitive will help visitors quickly find the latest resources on tobacco cessation.
The NYS Smokers' Quitline is a service of the NYS Department of Health. It is one of the first and busiest state quitlines in the nation, and has responded to more than 2.5 million calls since its inception in 1999. Both the Quitline and website encourage tobacco users to talk with their healthcare providers and access available Medicaid or health insurance benefits for stop-smoking medications. All NYS residents can call 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) for coaching and resources, free of charge, seven days a week beginning at 9 a.m.
"Cigarette smoking causes approximately 28,000 deaths statewide each and every year. Countless New Yorkers have used the Quitline to help them quit smoking. Besides the support of our trained Quit Coaches, it's critical for the Quitline to offer an effective 24/7 online resource in the fight against tobacco," said Andrew Hyland, PhD, Chair of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Director of the Quitline. "Our website   will greatly help both those looking to break nicotine addiction and healthcare professionals who assist tobacco-using patients in the quest to achieve and maintain tobacco-free lives." A new website online newsroom will also help healthcare providers and the media stay informed about the latest tobacco cessation news in New York State.
The NYS Tobacco Control Program (TCP) began work in January 2000 and built its foundation of evidence-based strategies and best practices from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The TCP includes a network of statewide and local contractors who implement key programmatic strategies to de-normalize tobacco and reduce its use. The NYS Smokers' Quitline, Health Systems for a Tobacco-Free NY, and Advancing Tobacco Free Communities comprise the TCP. Advancing Tobacco Free Communities - Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties (ATFC-DOS) educates the community and decision makers, mobilizes community members around the problems that tobacco addiction causes in local communities, and helps decision makers understand the types of  choices that they have to address these problems

For more information about ATFC-DOS's initiatives, visit or contact 518-255-5364.

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.  

Opportunities for Otsego Weatherization Program

Opportunities for Otsego Weatherization Program

Weatherization is a home energy conservation program that makes homes more energy efficient, affordable, comfortable and safe.

Opportunities for Otsego may provide:
  • Whole house energy assessments 
  • Installation of Energy Star appliances and windows
  • Cellulose insulation blowing 
  • System repair/replacement on furnaces and domestic hot water heaters
  • Air sealing
  • Weather-stripping and caulking around doors and windows
  • Replacement/repair of storm windows
  • Replacement/repair of broken windows and/or outside doors
  • Installation of smoke detectors and check for gas leaks and carbon monoxide
  • Education on energy conservation 
  • Information on available financing for energy-related improvement
All services are provided without cost to income-eligible homeowners and tenants. However, owners of rental buildings renting to low-income tenants can access this service with a minimal contribution towards the cost of the Weatherization services.

For more information, call 607-433-0444 or click here to visit their Weatherization page.


Community Events

TEDx Oneonta

What is TEDxOneonta?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. 

When: Sept. 14, 2018, at 6:00 PM

Where: SUNY Oneonta - Goodrich Theatre

To view the speakers, buy tickets or for more information, click here. 

Member/Not yet member Customer Appreciation Day at SFCU

When: September 6th, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Where: 16 South Main St., Bainbridge, NY 

Pop in and have lunch on SFCU - grilled hot dogs, popcorn, lemonade. 

Sign up for a chance to WIN a Gas Grill & basket full of goodies.

Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival
Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival is a  free outdoor festival  that draws 10-12,000 people to East and West Parks of downtown Norwich, NY.

Each year on the weekend after Labor Day, the festival features juried art and fine crafts for sale in an interactive atmosphere, acoustic music by professional singer-songwriters, literary arts, competitive poetry slam, creative culinary arts and hands-on art experiences for all ages. 

Admission and all activities are entirely FREE of charge. Rain or shine.

When: Sept. 8th & 9th 

Where: The East & West Parks of downtown Norwich, NY

To find out more, click here

Susquehanna Balloon Festival

Cooperstown Artisan Festival


2018 Walk to End Alzheimer's

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research

This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease!

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Registration at 2:00 pm 
Ceremony 3:00 pm 
Walk at 3:15 pm

Where: Neahwa Park, Oneonta, NY 13820 

ContactStefanie Bastien, 518-867-4999 x 304,

To find out more, click here

Recovery Coach Academy

To view/download the flyer, click here

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

"Your financial contribution will directly support the College & Community Job Fair and play an influential role in the success of the professional development of our students and job seekers."

Whether your business would like to sponsor this event or have a booth, please register prior to September 14th (for sponsorship) and 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. 

More information on the day's event will be available closer to November.

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.

Career Pathways Event with National Expert Mark Perna

You're Invited: "Career Pathways" Presentation with Mark Perna

After successfully parenting two Millennials as a single father, Mark has become a passionate advocate for bridging the generational divides that are contributing to America's profound skills gap

Parents, schools, districts, businesses, and state organizations across North America have successfully used Mark's insights and strategies to connect more effectively with the younger generations

In his work with educational and business organizations, Mark has pioneered many best practices for achieving more with today's young people, including the TFS Education with Purpose® philosophy and highly popular Career Tree® strategy, among others. 

Mark is frequently cited as the national expert in education enrollment, retention, and performance.

Please join us!

There is no charge to attend this event.

When: September 4, 2018

Offered at two locations:
>Unatego Central School District, Unatego, NY, from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

>DCMO BOCES Chenango Campus, Norwich, NY, from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

To learn more about Mark, click here

To view/download the flyer, click here
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Civil Service Workshop

New Workshop: All About Civil Service

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.

When: Thursday, September 6, 2018, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Where: Oneonta CDO, 12 Dietz St., Oneonta, NY

Facilitator: Susan Carimando

If you are interested, you must sign up. Please call 607-432-4800 to register.

ABLE - Achieving a Better Life Experience Act

ABLE - Achieving a Better Life Experience Act

The ABLE Act recognizes the extra and significant costs of living with a disability. These include costs, related to raising a child with significant disabilities or a working age adult with disabilities, for accessible housing and transportation, personal assistance services, assistive technology and health care not covered by insurance, Medicaid or Medicare.

Eligible individuals and their families can establish ABLE savings accounts that will largely not affect their eligibility for SSI, Medicaid and other public benefits

The legislation explains further that an ABLE account will, with private savings, " secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, Medicaid, SSI, the beneficiary's employment and other sources."

T o Learn more, you can  view/download the ABLE information sheet here

Are You Interested In Becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)?

Are You Interested in Becoming a
Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)?

Upcoming opportunities for CNA training include:

ONC BOCES is offering a class for CNA in Oneonta starting on September 25th. For more information about this program, or to apply, please contact Gina Pasa by phone at 607.431.2304 or by email at

A.O. Fox Hospital is planning to offer a paid CNA class (free) for individuals interested in working at the hospital. However, no dates have been set yet for the training and applications are not being taken at this time. To visit their website, click here

Chestnut Park Nursing & Rehabilitation in Oneonta offers free CNA training for employees. Individuals start working as Residential Assistants or in Housekeeping and can continue to work hours around the CNA training. Training dates to be determined. To visit their website, 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
The Arc of Delaware County Needs Volunteers
The Arc of Delaware County is Looking for Volunteers

"With a fun and busy summer, we are finding out here at The Arc of Delaware County, that we are in need of some fantastic volunteers!

We have many volunteer opportunities and our goal is to create one that is fulfilling to you!

Our Respite program, in particular, could use some great people to volunteer during some really great community activities.

Over the years, some amazing, mutually satisfying relationship have been made. Consider giving your time to volunteer with a greatly appreciative group of people!"

T o learn more, click here
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Raymond Career Fairs

Raymond Corporation Career Fairs in September!

Raymond Corporation will be holding  Career Fairs on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 and Wednesday, Sept 12th , in  Greene, NY .

They have over 50 positions available across their organization ranging from welding to assembly, engineering to finance and more!

During the career fair, Human Resources representatives and hiring managers will be interviewing candidates on each day, with the opportunity to receive an offer  on-the-spot .

Attendees are invited to pre-register and pre-schedule an appointment for the day you plan on coming.

"Don't just get a job, launch a career with Raymond."

When: Saturday, Sept. 8th, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and
Wednesday, Sept. 12th, from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Where: The Raymond Corporation
22 S Canal St., Greene, NY

To see open positions or to pre-register, click here
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.  
Why You Should Consider An Apprenticeship

Career Onestop Blog:
Why you should consider an apprenticeship

"An apprenticeship combines a full-time job with training-and can p repare you to enter a specialized career field.

Apprenticeships are a great way for entry-level workers to get started in a number of well-paying occupations in industries like manufacturing, construction, health care, transportation, and many others

They are also an excellent opportunity for those considering a mid-career switch."

To read the blog post, click here

***If you live in the following New York counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins, you can contact the American Apprenticeship Initiative to learn more about becoming an apprentice, or hosting an apprenticeship program. 
SBA Free Online Courses
Free SBA Online Courses

Did you know that the Small Business Association (SBA) offers a variety of free online courses to help you start and run your business

These 30 minutes videos are designed to help you:

Plan your business:
Courses designed to help you research, plan, and turn your ideas into a great business, including how to write a business plan, legal requirements, financing options, young entrepreneurs and more.

Launch your business:
Courses designed to help launch your business and turn it into a reality, including courses about sales plans, social media marketing, finding and attracting investors and more.

Manage your business:
These courses have been designed to help you master day-to-day operations and run your business, including accounting, marketing 101, customer service and more.

Grow your business:
These courses are designed to help you find new funding, customers, and locations. Also included are several courses with information on SBA programs, such as government contracting, the SBA's All Small Mentor-Protégé program, and more.

To learn more, 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.

Whether you need a ride or are a driver in need of gas money, the 511NY Rideshare website can help! Once you register you'll have access to match with other users as well. Carpooling can be a convenient, money saving travel experience

Check out all that they have to offer for ride matching. Simply Google 511NYRideShare and log in (or register if you are not yet a member) and go to the "Find a Ridematch" page to see who your potential carpool partners are.

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 

NY Connects

What can NY Connects do for you?

NY Connects is a state wide program. In Otsego County the NY Connects office is embedded in the Office for t he Aging and their  ILC Partne r is through the Catskill Center for Inde pendence . NY Connects is the connection for clients and caregivers to long term services and supports.

For more information about services, click here.

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

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:

DCMO BOCES Health Occupation Classes

DCMO BOCES will run its Licensed Practical Nursing Program this fall.
The anticipated start date for LPN is Sept. 5, 2018. 

To visit the DCMO BOCES Health Occupations page, click here .
For more DCMO BOCES news, click here

For information on how to enroll in these programs, please contact Heather Montgomery, BSN, RN, Coordinator of Health Occupations 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 Nursing Programs - Registration Open!

ONC BOCES s accepting applications for the following programs:
  • HHA (Home Health Aide)
  • CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)
  • PN (Practical Nursing)
They can also run a CNA-HHA Transition class if there is a need in the community.

All classes are held at 31 Center Street (former Oneonta elementary school) in Oneonta, NY.

HHA (Home Health Aide) - Registration open
95 hours (65 classroom instruction & 30 clinical)

CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) - Registration open
Starts September 25, 2018
Lecture - Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Clinicals - (6:30 am - 2:30 pm)
120 hours (90 classroom instruction & 30 clinical)

PN (Practical Nursing) - Registration open
10 month full time program
September 2018 - June 2019
$ 11,500 (includes tuition, books, uniforms, medical
equipment and graduation fees)

For more information contact:
Regina M. Pasa RN, BS
Practical Nursing and Adult Health Services Coordinator
ONC BOCES Adult CNA / HHA Program
31 Center Street, 3rd Floor
Oneonta, NY 13820
phone: (607) 431-2304

To view/download the flyer, click here.

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 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.

September 8
October 6
November 10
December 8

For more information or to register (pre registration is required) call 607-433-3645

Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network/
Norwich PAL Empowerment Program
The Norwich PAL Empowerment program provides support to pregnant and parenting women to  empower and encourage utilizing all resources available  to create safe, healthy living environments for  their children and themselves.

The Norwich PAL Empowerment Program offers  One-On-One Mentoring to women, providing life  skills and stress management, education on healthy  relationships and positive parenting skills, individualized  guidance and problem-solving through their social support.  

Free Children's Clothing Closet will be available  Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00am-2:00pm.

For information on their 1-on-1 Mentoring Program, click here.

For more information, call/visit Sabrina @
The Norwich PAL Empowerment Program
27 W. Main Street
Norwich, NY 13815
(607) 334-8909   

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

Catholic Charities of Chenango County
Medicaid Health Home Program

Catholic Charities of Chenango County's Medicaid Health Home Program is a free program for children and adults who have mental health or medical conditions.

Coordinators work closely with families to identify needs, create individualized goals, and provide support and advocacy for the child and family.

For more information, click here


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
Interview with Chobani Founder Hamdi Ulukaya
Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya
Photo Courtesy Chobani

An Interview With Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya 

Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, senior writer at Inc. magazine, recently sat down with Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya. Mr. Ulukaya says that from the beginning, his goal at Chobani was not to build just a product, but to build a culture

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CDC Report: 1 in 4 in the U.S. Has a Disability
1 in 4 Adults Live With a Disability, CDC Reports

One in 4 U.S. adults - 61 million Americans - have a disability that i mpacts major life activities, according to a report in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The most common disability type, mobility, affects 1 in 7 adults. With age, disability becomes more common, affecting about 2 in 5 adults age 65 and older.

"At some point in their lives, most people will either have a disability or know someone who has a one," said Coleen Boyle, Ph.D., director of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. 

"Learning more about people with disabilities in the United States can help us better understand and meet their health needs."

T o read the article from HealthDay magazine, click here.
To read the CDC press release, click here
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Governor Signs Two Bills Supporting the Ag Industry

Governor Signs Bill to Expand Tax Credits for Farmers and Encourage the Growth of Hops Production - 
And Signs Additional Bill to Expand Business Opportunities for New York Distilleries

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed two bills today to support the production of New York-grown hops and expand business opportunities for farm distilleries across the state.

"This administration's efforts to roll back regulations and lower costs for New York's craft beverage industry continues to fuel the growth of breweries, distilleries, as well as cideries and wineries, in every corner of this state," Governor Cuomo said. "By providing new opportunities to increase the production of crops and craft beverages, this new legislation will help further diversify New York-made products, support our farms, spur job growth, and continue to grow the state's booming $100 billion tourism industry."

"The agriculture industry is vital to our state's economy, and our local craft beverage producers provide some of the best products for customers in New York and beyond," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We're continuing to support and grow the industry with assistance for farmers to expand production of hops and provide more opportunities for growth for craft beverage producers across the state."

To read the press release, click here

Mohawk Valley Advanced Manufacturing Development Plan
Now Available!
The Mohawk Valley Advanced Manufacturing Development Plan

To help this vital sector reach new heights, the Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties and its partners have developed the Mohawk Valley Advanced Manufacturing Plan to align all of the training and education resources in our region with the needs of our employers.

To read or download the report, click here

For more in-depth information, see the Appendices here.

2-1-1 Online Database

2-1-1 Susquehanna River Region's Online Database

Find services, programs or agencies in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego or Tioga Counties at United Way's or by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-901-2180.

Find help for:
  • Basic Needs
  • Alcohol/Addiction
  • Consumer Assistance
  • Mental Health
  • Developmental or Intellectual Disabilities and more
Article: How to Teach A Child About Disabilities
How To Teach A Child About Disabilities, 
According To Moms & Kids With Disabilities

Romper magazine's Priscilla Blossom speaks with a number of mothers who are either disabled themselves or raising kids with disabilities, and asked them to share their thoughts on teaching all kids disability awareness.

To read the article, click here
Next Month's Issue:
Do you have something you'd like to share? Something for the calendar? An announcement, community news, program news, staff news, success story or personal achievement? Photos are always welcome! Please email Jodi Delapaz, Communications Coordinator, at

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