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We've published our March Newsletter!


We've got several job fairs coming in March to tell you about-- plus valuable incentives, workforce news and articles and lots more... 

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SmartGrid Summer Training at Oneonta Job Corps


Applications are due March 20th! 

“Few workers will be fortunate enough to experience the peace and beauty of the wide open spaces in our great country…but some are fortunate enough to be linemen/women.” - Anonymous 

Applications are due Friday, March 20th for Overhead Line, Underground Residential Distribution, and Smart Meter & Instrumentation Advanced Training Summer Cohort 2020.

Application, Wellness checklist, and calendar(s) of important dates are below. Note that the three programs are operating on a staggered schedule now. If you have any questions, please contact their POC listed below. Thank you!

 Questions? Interested in a tour (for centers in NE)? Please contact Program Coordinator Lisa Peck 607-431-1431 [email protected]


2020 AT Training OHL Schedule

2020 AT Training SMIT Schedule

AT Wellness Checklist


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Southside Mall Seasonal Mini Job Fair


You're invited! 

When: Friday, March 20th 
2:00pm - 4:00pm 

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

Meet with Major Businesses from the local area!

Job openings in Retail, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Service, Trades and Government

Many Seasonal job opportunities.

Businesses are eager to hire!

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

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JOB Fair at DCMO BOCES Chenango Campus


The DCMO BOCES Chenango campus invites organizations throughout New York State to recruit their talented students! 

The 2020 Job Fair is scheduled for Thursday, March 26th, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the gymnasium. 

Their campus offers fourteen Career and Technical Education (CTE) training programs that prepare students to enter the full time world of work after high school. 

NEW for 2020, they are offering an interviewing room where recruiters have the opportunity to meet with prospective candidates. Interviews will be approximately 15 minutes in length and students will have the opportunity to sign up in advance or on the day of the event. If you wish to participate in the "instant interview" portion of the event, please be sure to indicate so in the registration form below. 

You may register online at, or complete a pdf version of the form. Completed forms can be emailed to [email protected], faxed or mailed to the address above, Attn: Sonnet Constable, by March 13, 2020. Please call Sonnet Constable at 607-335-1415 with any questions.

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Job Fair Expo in Oneonta March 31st


You're invited to the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Job Fair Expo in Oneonta!

When: Tues., March 31st
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Oneonta Quality Inn
5206 NY-23, Oneonta, NY 13820

This is for all Job Opportunities: part time, full time, special events, internships and volunteering opportunities as well.

"This is a great way to reach out to the community and let potential employees know what you are looking for."

For questions and more information please contact Barbara Ann Heegan: [email protected]

Learn More Here

Download the Registration Form - Deadline to Register is Friday, March 6, 2020

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Congressman Antonio Delgado Discusses Workforce Development at Oneonta Career Center


U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) recently visited the Chenango-Delaware-Otsego Workforce Oneonta Career Center, meeting with workforce center leadership and clients and discussing his efforts in Congress to support workforce development programs. 

"Today, I toured CDO Workforce in Oneonta to see the work they do to prepare students for the modern workforce," Congressman Delgado said in a Facebook post. "I recently introduced the Gateway to Careers Act which will help ensure our young people are given every opportunity to succeed and develop a skill set that can lead to employment." 

In a press release, Congressman Delgado said, “I’m thankful to the folks at CDO Workforce for the robust discussion and hands-on look at the critical work they do to connect their clients with jobs and the skills necessary for the modern economy—especially helping our veterans find employment when they return from service.” 

“Workforce development programs are essential to growing the upstate economy, and I am deeply committed to enhancing career and technical education programs across our district to ensure young people are given every opportunity to succeed. This is why I introduced the Gateway to Careers Act, which would support organizations that help connect students enrolled in community college and career and technical education (CTE) programs, like CDO Workforce, with social services. By making sure that students have access to health care, childcare and transportation services, we can help ensure that they will be able to acquire the credentials needed for good paying jobs and fill critical gaps in our upstate workforce.”

The Gateway to Careers Act will create a career pathway grant program that would fund partnerships between community or technical colleges and workforce development partners such as state workforce development boards, industry associations, and community-based organizations. These programs would support efforts to offer wrap around services including child care, opioid addiction treatment, transportation, and other forms of assistance for community college and career and technical education (CTE) students.

Read More About The Gateway to Careers Act

Pictured: (back row) Sarah Lopez, DOL Labor Services Rep.,  Jim Howard, DOL Labor Services Rep., Congressman Antonio Delgado, Chris White, DOL Associate Commissioner, Beth Kilts, Otsego Co. Employment & Training Counselor, Alan Sessions, CDO Disability Resource Coordinator, Mary Jane Kelley, DOL Workforce Programs Specialist, Cheri Hess, Supervising Labor Services Rep., Bhala Jones, CDO Front Desk Clerk, Cameron McMicken, Broome-Tioga DOL Business Services Rep.
(front row) Cheyanne Shelly, CDO Program Assistant , Penny Seeger, Otsego Co. Associate Employment and Training Coordinator, and Kathy DeAngelo, Otsego Co. Sr. Employment & Training Counselor


Photo Courtesy Congressman Antonio Delgado

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Southern Tier Region LWDB Workforce Plan Update

The Southern Tier Region Local Workforce Development Board 2017 Regional Workforce Plan has been updated and is available for public comment. 

The comment period ended Tuesday, February 25, 2020. 

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Businesses: Please take our Survey


Please take a few minutes to complete our Business Survey. 

Your feedback will not only help to inform us about your workforce needs, it will give us and our partners the information we need to create a working blueprint to address the business needs of Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties as a whole, which is so crucial to improving service delivery. 

We appreciate your help! 

Click here to take the survey. 

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CDO Workforce Closed on President's Day

CDO Workforce Closed February 17-2020

We'll be closed on Monday! Have a great weekend!  

...Have you seen our February Newsletter? 


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Mohawk Valley Updated Regional Plan

The Local Workforce Development Boards of Fulton, Montgomery, and Schoharie and Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida Counties are committed to providing seamless delivery of services to our customers, recognizing that continuous improvement is critical to the goal of a truly seamless delivery of services. The LWDBs of the Mohawk Valley agree to provide WIOA Basic and Individualized Career Services to all Adult and Dislocated Worker customers regardless of which Career Center they visit to access services. Registration will be completed through the One Stop Operating System (OSOS), and all staff will enter customer activities, services, and comments in a timely manner. This coordination of service delivery will assist
businesses, jobseekers, and employees in times of business growth as well as business downsizing or closing.

UPDATED 2-11-2020

Comment period ended: February 21, 2020.

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Mini Job Fair in Oneonta on February 18th


You're invited to the Mini Job Fair at Oneonta CDO Workforce! 

When: Tues., February 18th, from 2:00pm - 4:00pm 

Where: CDO Workforce Oneonta, 12 Dietz Street., Oneonta, NY 

Businesses Looking to HIRE YOU: 

  • Springbrook
  • Mirabito
  • Price Chopper
  • Astrocom
  • Bassett Healthcare Network

For more information call (607) 432-4800. 

Bring plenty of resumes and dress for success!  

See Job Openings and/or Download the Flyer


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Staffworks Hiring Event at Sidney CDO Workforce


Staffworks will be at the Sidney CDO Workforce, Wednesday, February 19th, from 10 AM to 1 PM. 

Hiring for all shifts for Chobani, New Berlin. 

Please call to confirm your attendance. (607) 832-5776.

We look forward to seeing you! 

CDO Workforce, 21 Liberty Street, Sidney. Please use main door to the Civic Center. Use stairs or elevator to the 2nd floor.

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Feedback Wanted! Disability Employment Initiative


The CDO Workforce Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is looking for feedback on two projects that we currently have in the works. We value your input! 



An Invitation to Share Your Thoughts about the Integrated Resource Team Toolkit Review 

Staff at CDO Workforce New York have been working with partners across New York State to empower young New Yorkers with disabilities to build Integrated Resource Teams that will help them transition into successful careers. Can you help us make that project successful?  

A draft Integrated Resource Team Toolkit will be open for community review and comment very soon. Sign up now to be sent a link to the toolkit when it's ready! Once it arrives, take a few minutes to look it over and tell us what you think; we'll even send you a list of questions you can use to guide your feedback.

Are you ready to be among the first to look at the resources, success stories, suggestions, and tools we've collected? Sign up now to be emailed the toolkit link when it's ready for review. Just e-mail your contact information to [email protected] . We are looking forward to your input and suggestions.


CDO Workforce Introduces New Virtual Job Shadow Pilot - Seeking Youth with Disabilities, ages 18 – 24, for this Pilot Program

CDO Workforce is launching a Pilot Project: Effective Use of Virtual Job Shadowing Software . We will be using virtual job shadowing software as one component of the Integrated Resource Team job placement and work experience activities. The pilot project will run until April 23rd to assess the effectiveness of the Virtual Job Shadowing on-line software program as a tool for young adults, ages 18-24, with disclosed disabilities.

The purpose of the software is to improve the knowledge, awareness and skills of participants related to career exploration, finding jobs, and job readiness skills. The goal of this project is to find out how the new Job Shadowing Software can be helpful for career exploration and job search; and to find out how employment counselors can use this software to better support those who are looking for work.

The software has been tested in many settings successfully. We hope to learn what tools serve youth and employment counselors and determine what strategies will support use and integration of into career exploration at CDO.

Project Contacts: Alan Sessions or Kathy DeAngelo, 607-432-4800

Project Outcome Goals for CDO Staff:
>Strategies to successfully incorporate the Virtual Job Shadowing Software into CDO to improve services and supports to youth.
>Data, measurable impact from pre and post-assessment, and lessons learned gathered from both youth and employment counselor; based on the analysis of the data, recommend process to make sure the software can be successfully used by more youth.

Key Pilot Project Questions:
>Do youth improve their knowledge and awareness of careers, education and training, and job skills after completing Virtual Job Shadowing planned lessons and activities?
>Do youth and young adults identify a realistic career pathway after participating in the Virtual Job Shadowing pilot project? (Realistic= understanding of what education and training is needed; and career choice matches personal interests, talents, and goals.)
>Do the job shadowing software activities motivate or guide participants to further job search or job placement activities?

CDO Workforce is seeking 25 youth with disabilities, ages 18 – 24, for this pilot program, Youth should be open to career exploration assistance. Youth that are interested in the pilot should contact Alan Sessions at 607-432-4800 x 109 or e-mail: [email protected] for more information.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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Technical Writing Training


Professional Training, provided by trainer Kristin Hinrichsen, LCSW Program Supervisor, Liberty Resources “Improving Lives, Building Futures.” 

The Training will be held on Friday, February 28th, 2019, from 9 am to 4 pm at SUNY Morrisville Norwich Campus Community Room.

This training is for Human Services professionals who are Direct Care Coordinators and Service Coordinators Case Workers and Case Managers.

The cost for this training will be $50 pp, payable at the door by cash or check made out to SUNY Morrisville
You must register in advance, by following this link and filling out the online registration form.

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Hospital Jobs 101 at DCMO BOCES


You're invited to this FREE DCMO BOCES Event: Learn How to Prepare for Hospital Jobs! 

When: Thursday March 12, 2020 

Where: SUNY Morrisville Norwich Campus 
20 Conkey Ave, Norwich NY 

5:00 pm - Complimentary Buffet Dinner
5:30 pm - Presentations & Panel Discussion
6:45 - 8:30 pm - On Site Meetings With:
- BOCES CTE/Adult Education
- Morrisville Norwich Nursing Program
- BCC Adult Education
- UHS/Chenango Memorial HR Team
- Chenango Health Network Team
- Mohawk Valley Community College


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February Newsletter - CDO Workforce


Check out our February CDO Workforce Newsletter!

We're sharing lots of great recruitments, learning opportunities, program updates, workforce news, tools and resources...and lots more!  

Plus, we're asking for your help and feedback on two Disability Employment Initiative projects! 

Read It Here!


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Job Fair Tips Workshop in Norwich


You're invited to the Job Fair Tips Workshop! 

When: February 14th, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM  

Where: Norwich CDO Workforce Center 
1 O’Hara Drive 
Norwich, NY 

BE PREPARED TO ATTEND THE JOB FAIR ON February 20th at the American Legion in Sidney, NY 

Find out how to make a good impression at a Job Fair. Be prepared to meet employers and ask the questions that will get you noticed. Find out what to expect at a Job Fair. Learn how to prepare for a successful visit to a Job Fair.

See a Career Services Staff to schedule to attend this workshop or call (607) 334-2201, ext. 127

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Job Fair in Sidney

Job Fair in Sidney

You're invited to the CDO Workforce Job Fair in Sidney! 

When: Thursday, Feb. 20th 
10am - 12:30pm 

Where: American Legion 
22 Union Street, Sidney, NY 13838 

Please bring a copy of your resume! 

Questions? Call 607-832-5776 

See who will be there looking to HIRE YOU!

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CDO Workforce Releases Strategic Action Plan


The Board of Directors and Executive Director, Alice Savino, of the Chenango, Delaware and Otsego County Workforce Development Board (CDO WDB) recognized the importance of the organization’s role as a driver, primary resource and partner in ensuring a talented and well-trained workforce as an essential ingredient for the long-term economic sustainability of the service area. 

In 2019, the CDO WDB engaged strategic planning and economic development consultants Susan Payne and Margaret Lawrence to facilitate and guide a strategic planning process. 

The CDO Workforce Board of Directors and staff were actively engaged in gaining an understanding of today’s workforce landscape and the projected challenges. Based on an understanding of the demand and workforce dynamics in the services area, the Board of Directors established mission and vision statements for the organization and also agreed on a set of measurable strategic objectives and an action plan to address the top five strategic priorities.The process provided focus and serves as a guide for the organization’s activities in 2020-2022. 

Read/Download The Strategic Action Plan 

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Mechatronics/Robotics Open House


You're invited to the Mechatronics/Robotics Open House! 

When: Feb. 6th, 4pm to 7pm 

Where: Otsego Area Occupational Center, 1914 County Rte. 35, Milford, NY 13807 

Learn About: 
Career Opportunities

Who Should Attend:
Students- Parents
Community Members
Area Representatives
Business Leaders & Educators

Featuring: Tours, Demonstrations, Conversations with Industry Leaders

Snow Date: 2/12/2020

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Connecting Job Seekers with Businesses - All at No Cost to You

Businesses - Save money and time by outsourcing your recruitment needs to CDO Workforce. Our Career Center staff provides employers with convenient, no-cost recruitment services by connecting job seekers and employers. What We Can Do for You: Match job seekers with job openings. Coordinate communication between you, our partner agencies, and the pool of local, qualified workers. Provide interview space at the Career Center if you wish to recruit on-site. Provide targeted or general job fair recruitment opportunities.

Post your company's job openings at no charge with CDO Workforce and get exposure to many job seekers. Your job will be posted to America's Job Exchange, .

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Veterans Come First

Veterans Come First! CDO Workforce New York Career System is proud to offer Priority of Service to veterans and their eligible spouses.
What does this mean? If you served in the military, you will be:

  • Served first by the next available staff member.
  • Given first priority for jobs and training referrals for which you are eligible and qualified.

Please visit the veterans' portal of the NYSDOL website for more information and the NYS Division of Veterans Affairs

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