Chenango-Delaware-Otsego Workforce Development News & Blog

The Official Career Development Source for Employment, Training and Recruitment issues for Business and Individuals in Chenango, Delaware and Otsego Counties of New York State. 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, Contact us today!!

Otsego Includes statement in response to current events surrounding racial disparity


"Otsego Includes mission is to build a better community for people of all abilities in Otsego County. And we feel it’s important to acknowledge the increased level of discrimination towards those in the disability community who have dark skin. 

A child who has a disability and dark skin is more likely to be tied down, handcuffed, and physically restrained.

An adult who has a mental health need and has dark skin is more likely to be a victim of a violent encounter with law enforcement.

And a person who has dark skin and a disability is more likely to be arrested than a person with light skin and a disability, and much more likely to be arrested than someone without a disability.

Otsego Includes acknowledges the countless stories of aggression towards those with dark skin in the disability community.

Disability Rights are Human Rights & Dark Skin is Not a Crime.”

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HEAP Checklist


HEAP is a federally funded program that helps income eligible households pay their home heating bills. 

It is not a loan and you do not have to pay it back.  

Learn More Here: 

Consumer Advocacy from National Grid - Information and Telephone Numbers 

HEAP Checklist

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June Newsletter


Don't miss our June newsletter! 

We've got new resources to share with you, plus incentives, workforce news, success stories and more. 


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June CDO Workforce Board Meeting

Our next CDO Workforce Board Meeting will be held on Friday, June 5, 2020, at 9:00am - VIA ZOOM. 

The public is invited to this meeting.

If you would like to attend this meeting, please email

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Sidney and Delhi CDO Workforce Offices Open By Appointment June 1st


"We are so excited to tell you that the CDO Workforce offices in Sidney and Delhi will be open to the public again starting June 1st by appointment only." 

We can help you find your dream job. Maybe you need a resume or need to update your resume? Need help figuring what you want to do next? Start a new career or update our existing skills by taking free on-line courses. 

Give us a call, WE can Help!! (607) 832-5777-Delhi and (607) 832-5776-Sidney 

**We hope to have similar news for our Oneonta and Norwich offices soon. We will continue to serve you virtually and by phone in these offices until then. 

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New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool


Not sure if your business is able to re-open yet? 

Check out the New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool: This tool will help you determine whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, and the public health and safety standards with which your business must comply. 

More Information is available at New York Forward Industry Guidance and Reopening


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New York Forward Loan Fund

From Empire State 

New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. 

NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income. 

NYFLF is providing working capital loans so that small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords have access to credit as they reopen. These loans are available to small businesses, nonprofits, and small landlords that did not receive a loan from either the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for COVID-19 in 2020. The loans are not forgivable in part or whole. The loans will need to be paid back over a 5-year term with interest.

The working capital loans are timed to support businesses and organizations as they proceed to reopen and have upfront expenses to comply with guidelines (e.g., inventory, marketing, refitting for new social distancing guidelines) under the New York Forward Plan.

The geographic proportionality goals for the New York Forward Loan Fund for small businesses are:

Capital Region 4% Central NY Region 4% Finger Lakes Region 4% Hudson Valley Region 12% Long Island Region 18% Mohawk Valley Region 4% NYC Region 30% North Country Region 4% Southern Tier Region 4% Western NY Region 8% Access to loans for small landlords will be targeted to owners with residential buildings of 50 units or less, and will prioritize loans for landlords whose properties are in low and moderate income census tracts or who serve low to moderate income tenants.

The New York Forward Loan Fund is supported by Apple Bank, BNB Bank, BlackRock Charitable Fund, Citi Foundation, Evans Bank, Ford Foundation, M&T Bank, Morgan Stanley, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and Wells Fargo.

Pre-applications for the New York Forward Loan Fund will be open on May 26, 2020 at Noon Eastern Daylight Time. Priority will be given to industries and regions that have been reopened. This is not a first-come, first-served loan program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as regions and industries reopen. For small businesses and nonprofits that are in industries and regions that have not yet reopened, you are encouraged to prepare your pre-application in advance by taking advantage of the application preparation resources available here. This will allow you to quickly submit your pre-application once it is announced that your industry and region is phased to reopen.

Five Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) will be processing pre-applications on June 1, 2020: Accion East, Community Preservation Corporation, National Development Council, Pursuit and TruFund Financial Services. Please do not apply to the participating CDFI lender directly.

To fill out a pre-application and match with a participating lender, go here.

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Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day


All CDO Workforce offices will be closed on Monday, May 25th, in observance of Memorial Day.

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FREE online skills training


Get free on-line training to build your skills and prepare for your next job through the SkillUp® Working Solutions program supported by Metrix Learning, CDO Workforce, and DEI Project. 

Metrix Learning is a great opportunity for youth with disabilities and populations such as veterans, young adults, and dislocated workers to obtain work based knowledge which will make it easier to qualify and be hired for in demand jobs.

Start with FREE business and IT courses!

Course Topics:

  • Computers
  • Internet
  • Microsoft Office
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Customer Service
  • Math
  • Finance …and more!


1.) Go to:


3.) Fill out your information for instant access (For Career Adviser select "Alan Sessions")

4.) Take as many courses as you want for 180 days (6 months)

For more information e-mail:

Go here for Getting Started Guide and More Resources

Download the flyer for sharing with your customers, especially youth with disabilities.

This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the recipient and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership. This product is copyrighted by the institution that created it.

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Retirement and Health Care Coverage Questions and Answers for Dislocated Workers

From the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA): 

Do you have questions about how to maintain health coverage or wonder what happens to your retirement benefits after a termination of employment? 

Go Here for Answers. 


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CREE is hiring!


Positions would be in Albany to start and then relocate to Marcy in approximately 12 months.  

Go here to see all positions in Marcy  

Featured Positions: 


Develop advanced skills through training and day to day experience providing critical support for the engineering and operation of a fully automated semiconductor manufacturing facility with state-of-the-art technologies in photolithography, chemical and physical vapor deposition, ion implantation, reactive ion etching, diffusion and more.


Provide hands-on support performing tasks related to highly specialized equipment setup, monitoring and operation, or for continuous improvement, new process development, new equipment evaluations, experimentation and characterization of processes.

Go Here to Scan QR Code to Apply

For more information about any of these positions, contact Ashley Evans:

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ABLE Accounts: A tax free savings program that lets people with disabilities save money, without the risk of losing their benefits.


CDO Workforce is highlighting a way people with disabilities can invest in their future financial health by opening an ABLE account, which is a tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. 

Please review the video about ABLE Accounts. 

To learn more, visit the ABLE National Resource Center: or e-mail Alan Sessions at or Kathy DeAngelo at

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COVID-19 and Social Insurance and Benefit Programs

Information Courtesy 

"As states begin to open, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact individuals with disabilities who regularly access a series of public benefits. It also raises a variety of questions about the impact of the various federal and state legislative and administrative actions on these benefits. Key language in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act serves as a guidepost from which the impact on benefits can be better understood: 

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any refund (or advance payment with respect to a refundable credit) made to any individual under this title shall not be taken into account as income, and shall not be taken into account as resources for a period of 12 months from receipt, for purposes of determining the eligibility of such individual (or any other individual) for benefits or assistance (or the amount or extent of benefits or assistance) under any Federal program or under any State or local program financed in whole or in part with Federal funds. —CARES Act, 26 U.S. Code § 6409

At this time, two additional pieces of legislation are moving through Congress to adjust provisions of the CARES Act and add additional stimulus to individuals and the economy at large. This document will deal with those bills if, and when, they are signed into law and we have been able to review their final provisions."

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CDO Workforce Announces a New Mentoring Program for Youth


CDO Workforce is excited to announce a collaboration with ASGCR.ORG to provide mentoring services to eligible participants of the Out-Of-School Youth Program, as well as youth with a disability (ages 16 to 24). 

The Program is FREE and can be provided via video communication during this COVID-19 Pandemic. Mentors can assist you and support you in many areas of your life, including: 

  • Independence
  • Physical well-being
  • Environment
  • Emotional well-being
  • Community Connections
  • Education 
  • Employment
  • Other areas identified

"Move forward & rediscover your personal power and self-sufficiency!"

For more information or to enroll please contact:

Otsego County: Penny Seeger (607) 287-5861 or Alan Sessions (607) 435-0595

Delaware County: Jen Mitchell (607) 832-5784

Chenango County: Joshua Haines (607) 334-2201 ext.100

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Delaware County Summer Youth Employment Program


Now Accepting Applications! 

Delaware county is currently accepting applications for youth ages 14-20 for the Summer Youth Employment Program. The program provides youth with paid work experiences and educational opportunities right in their own communities. 

"Are you between 14-20 and looking for a summer job? We have a program for you! Delaware County is currently accepting applications for youth ages 14-20 for the Summer Youth Employment Program. This program offers summer jobs and paid educational opportunities for kids right in their own communities. Your safety is important to us! Protective equipment and additional supervisory staff will be provided to keep everyone as safe as possible. Remember it’s the early birds that get the worms so apply today!"

Learn More and How to Apply Here


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Extension of SNAP or TA/MA/SNAP


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Catholic Charities Dispute Resolution Center



From Catholic Charities Dispute Resolution Center: 

"During this time of social distancing, the Dispute Resolution Center is here to help you resolve conflict. We are now able to provide virtual mediation via video and phone conferencing. Virtual mediation is a confidential and voluntary process that can empower people to resolve their conflict peacefully and quickly. Our mediation services are free with the exception of divorce mediation, where there is a $100 fee."

Learn More about the Service Here

See More Details of Services Provided

Flyer is Available in Spanish Here

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Thinking about a new career?


CDO Workforce introduces CareerScope-- aptitude and interest assessments for all job seekers, including youth with disabilities, veterans and other underserved populations! 

This reliable interest and aptitude assessment is self-administered and easy to complete. 

For more information and to sign up go here: 

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COVID-19 Resources and Updates from NDI Financial Resilience Center


The National Disability Institute's Financial Resilience Center has posted helpful new COVID-19 resources and news updates. 


Need to Check the Status of Your Economic Impact Payment? 

How to Open a Bank Account Online.

How to Avoid Coronavirus Scams.

COVID-19 Disability Survey Results. 

Learn More Here

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Economic Development Director needed at Hancock Partners


Desired Skills Experience 

3 to 5 years of experience in economic or community development or related experience. 

Bachelors degree or comparable experience with a focus on planning, communications, fundraising and development. Ability to work independently to generate internal and external communications with a broad range of community stakeholders, board members and representatives in the government and private sectors. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to maintain oversight and coordinate many moving pieces. Ability to prioritize tasks and manage time effectively. 

Strong relationship builder who can work in close tandem with members of the Board, community leaders and critical stakeholders. Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.

Must be proficient in Microsoft Office suite Must b.e fluent in using mainstream and Social Media platforms Experience with Blogging and website maintenance and creation is a plus.

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Economic Development Director include but are not limited to Build a network of grant funding sources sufficient to sustain and grow this program beyond its 3 year pilot horizon, ending December 31, 2022.

Identify the needs of Hancock residents and the business community and develop an understanding of this unique community Participates in the development of goals and recommendations and implements program objectives, policies and priorities regarding the needs of the residents of Hancock and the business community Develop strategies to meet the needs of the community through research, dialogue and experimentation Coordinates and performs project management, administrative and technical duties necessary to achieve project objectives in the areas of economic development, business attraction and retention, small business assistance and business financing, and employment.

Work with community partners on grant writing for events, community and economic development projects as appropriate Assist with planning and marketing of Hancocks unique local events, including Summer Nights Live and Blues, Brews, and BBQ to local and regional audiences to encourage multi day visits to the area Develop and distribute marketing material via email, social media and other media as applicable, respond to email and phone inquiries Build and maintain positive relationships with contacts in local, regional state economic development agencies, community organizations, and key community stakeholders Work with the Events Planner to determine fundraising and sponsorship needs for events.

Job Location: Hancock, New York

Pay: $42,000.00 Yearly

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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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