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GED Classes at Richfield Springs Public Library

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Starting in January 2020! 

Offered by the Richfield Springs Public Library & Maple Lane Consultants 

The Classes 
The GED prep classes will be offered starting in January 2020 and will be based on the schedule of participants. Class enrollment will be on a rolling basis. 

Signing Up 
Participants must be over 16 years of age. An application must be completed online or in person prior to classes beginning. You can sign up at the Richfield Springs Public Library or at https://forms.gle/ZMAa9nvhsCZvH5Jr6

What’s Included
This class includes a GED prep book, access to a computer (during class time) and all the accessories you may need, including: Pens/Pencils, Notebook, Calculator, Headphones.

Library Hours
Monday, Wednesday-Friday 11-5
Tuesday 11-8
Saturday 10-2

Richfield Springs Public Library
315-858-0230
102 Main St., Richfield Springs, NY 13439
Rs.[email protected]

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College Degree and Career Opportunities Information Session

Learn about College Degrees & Career Opportunities 

When: Wednesday, November 13th, at 2 PM 

Where: CDO Workforce Center, 12 Dietz St., Oneonta 

Misty Fields, Associate Director of Admissions at SUNY Delhi, will be at the CDO Workforce Center in Oneonta and will provide information about the application process, financial aid, and training & career programs with SUNY Delhi & other SUNY Colleges. 


SUNY Delhi’s Information Session is an excellent opportunity for individuals seeking information: 
Explore SUNY Delhi’s Academic Programs
Connect with SUNY Delhi Admissions Counselor
Learn about the Admissions Process & Transfer Credit
Discover Excelsior Scholarship-Free Tuition @ SUNY Colleges
Learn about Financial Aid
How to find SUNY Campuses & Training Opportunities
Information about Programs for Students with Disabilities


No Reservations Needed, Walk-ins Are Welcome.


For more information call or visit CDO Workforce Center, 12 Dietz St in Oneonta, 607-432-4800 x 100

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SmartGrid Training at Oneonta Job Corps

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Applications are due Friday, November 15th for Overhead Line, Underground Residential Distribution, and Smart Meter & Instrumentation Advanced Training Winter Cohort 2020. 

Please see attached application, Wellness checklist, and calendar(s) of important dates. 

Note that the three programs are operating on a staggered schedule now. 

Application

Wellness Checklist

OHL Schedule

URD SMIT Schedule

Questions? Interested in a tour (for centers in NE)? Please contact the Program Coordinator:

Lisa Peck 607-431-1431 [email protected]

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Resume Writing Workshop in Norwich

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You're Invited! 

Learn what employers look for in a resume. This workshop will give you the tools to fine tune your current resume. Please bring your current resume to the workshop. 

When: Nov. 7th, 2:00pm - 4:00pm 

Where: Norwich CDO Workforce, 1 O'Hara Drive, Norwich, NY 

Free. Call 607-334-2201, ext. 127 to register. 

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Job Fair Tips Workshop

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Be prepared to attend the Community Job Fair on November 13th at SUNY Morrisville, Norwich Campus! 

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. 

When: Nov. 6th, 10:00am - 11:30am 

Where: Norwich CDO Workforce, 1 O'Hara Drive, Norwich, NY

To register call 607-334-2201, ext. 127

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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CDO Workforce is celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).  

The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "The Right Talent, Right Now." 


Workplaces welcoming of the talents of all people, including people with disabilities, are a critical part of our efforts to build an inclusive community and strong economy. In this spirit, CDO Workforce is recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month this October to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities. 


For job seekers with a disability, CDO Workforce can provide on-going support and disability services resources including informational workshops, job placement, job retention, benefits counseling, and career guidance. CDO Workforce also provides comprehensive services that focus on assisting out-of-school youth with disabilities in the Chenango, Delaware and Otsego area. 


For Businesses who would like more information about hiring workers with disabilities, CDO Workforce offers a wealth of information, resources and supports, including information about incentives and disability inclusion, and why hiring people with disabilities is “good business.” 


On Friday, October 11, 2019, CDO Workforce is co-sponsoring a free seminar: Autism in the Workplace. The Seminar will cover what the Autism Spectrum is, how it may present in the workplace, onboarding and retention best practices, review of possible accommodations, and addressing stigma and false assumptions about Autism. Presenter: Janine Kruiswijk, Executive Director of the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region. Doors Open at 8:30am – Program 9am – Noon, at Springbrook’s Oneonta Community Campus, 5588 State Highway 7, in Oneonta. Register in advance at [email protected] 

As the local Chenango, Delaware and Otsego area American Job Center partner, there is never a charge for CDO Workforce services-- to businesses or job seekers. More information can be found about CDO Workforce services and supports by going to the disability-related pages on our website: For Businesses and For Job Seekers at www.cdoworkforce.org and the CDO Workforce Disability Employment Initiative Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CDOWorkforceDEI / @CDOWorkforceDEI.

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ABLE Accounts and Americans with Disability Act Workshop

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Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Savings Accounts & ADA Basics for Job Seekers 

Sponsored by the Family Resource Network and CDO Workforce 

Presenters: Kathy DeAngelo and Alan Sessions, Disability Resource Coordinators and ADA Trainers  

Do you want to be more independent, or save money for your dream car, house or vacation, and have a better quality of life? That’s what ABLE Accounts are all about! This workshop will show you how easy and affordable ABLE account are and how they will help you save money that won’t impact SSI and other federal benefits that are critical to the health and well-being of many individuals with disabilities. This workshop will review best practices for workers with disabilities when disclosing their disability. Learn about the American Disability Act and how, when, and if you need to disclose a disability to a potential employer.  

When: Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 9:30am to 11:30AM 

Where: Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, NY 

Cost: FREE 

Reservations:
The Reservation link for this event is: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeU8MFKPIQ1eP03FhCa2hKIFmPw-jsgosKVzP49ljM0n-DtGg/viewform?usp=sf_link
Or, go to www.familyrn.org, click on "News and Events", "Events Calendar", and then select the ABLE event and make reservations.
Or, call the Family Resource Network to make reservations at 432-0001.

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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Pathways to Prosperity - 2nd Annual Mohawk Valley Region Workforce Summit

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The 2019 Workforce Summit is for Educators, Students, Workforce and Economic Developers, Work Ready Community Leaders, Employers, and Industry Partners to come together to improve the overall quality of our region’s workforce. 

Participants will get the inside track on collaborative and innovative strategies to help students, job seekers and business succeed and communities thrive and prosper. 

The Summit workshops are designed to demonstrate evidence-based best practices that convey new ideas or approaches to highly skilled workforce development in the Mohawk Valley Region. Presentations will focus on solutions not (problems), and how the models and strategies can be replicated. Lessons learned, obstacles overcome, key drivers, and useful tools will be shared. 

The Summit is organized by The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce to facilitate meaningful discussion that drives results of prosperity for our region. The focus areas of our discussion will be around talent recruitment and retainment in the following fields of focus:
Healthcare and Health & Human Services,
Manufacturing,
Information Technology,
Hospitality & Tourism

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When: Oct. 10th
9:30am - 3:00pm

Where: SUNY Oneonta - Otsego Grill, Morris Hall

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Manufacturing Boot Camp at SUNY Morrisville - Norwich Campus

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Are you interested in a career in Manufacturing??!! 


If so, there is a Manufacturing Boot Camp that will help get you there!! 

This beneficial training will take place at SUNY Morrisville – Norwich Campus. It will be a two-week training and will run from Monday, October 28, 2019 to Friday, November 8, 2019. The classes are 8:30am-3:00pm.

In this class, you will learn the skills necessary to become employed in a high demand job that is and is one of the fastest growing and well-paying career fields in the local area! 
 

Topics:
• Intro to Mechanical Systems and Assembly
• Blue Print Reading
• Unit of Measurements/Basic Measurement
• Intro to Safety
• Intro to Quality and Inspection
• Electrical Units
• Electrical Print Reading
• Math Fundamentals and Shop Math
• Shop Essentials

Graduates will be invited to a Community Job Fair on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 9:00am-3:00pm at the Norwich Campus with hiring businesses in attendance!

If interested, contact: Dan Goldman, Admissions and Workforce Development Coordinator, at (607) 334-5144 ext. 5082 or at [email protected] ASAP because limited spots are available for this training!

Funding may be available to qualifying applicants!

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ADA Live Online Presentation - You're invited!

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Mark Your Calendars! ADA Live! Episode 73: Do You Want a Job or a Career?

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and the theme for 2019 is “The Right Talent, Right Now.” The U.S. Department of Labor states this year's theme emphasizes the essential role that people with disabilities play in America's economic success, especially in an era when historically low unemployment and global competition are creating a high demand for skilled talent.

From ADA Live:
In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), our guest on ADA Live! will be Liz Weintraub, Senior Advocacy Specialist with the Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Liz is also a graduate of the Georgia Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (GaLEND) interdisciplinary training program at the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University.

Ms. Weintraub will discuss her personnel career path, the challenges she has overcome, and the role that both advocacy and self-advocacy have played in her career success. She will share her work at the AUCD, including her popular video series “Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy For All.” She will also share her thoughts on why the unemployment rate remains high for people with disabilities, and the importance of thinking about a “career” versus a “job.”

Reflections on National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) on Wednesday – October 2 from 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Eastern) and 12:00 Noon - 12:30 PM (Central). More ways to listen: SoundCloud ADA Live! plus on the first Wednesday of each month: NEW! options for download and interactive transcript. Learn more & explore: www.adalive.org

When: Wednesday, October 2, 2019
1:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. EST

Cost: Free

Where: Online/Web-based

Sponsored By:
ADA Live! Podcast
from the Southeast ADA Center and the ADA National Network

About ADA Live!
A podcast on SoundCloud and free online program by the Southeast ADA Center, one of ten regional ADA Centers in the ADA National Network. ADA Live! focuses on rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA Live! airs a new episode (30-45 minutes) on the first Wednesday of each month.

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Autism in the Workplace Free Seminar

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October 11, Friday, Doors Open at 8:30am – Program 9am – Noon at the Springbrook’s Oneonta Community Campus, 5588 State Highway 7, in Oneonta

Presenter: Janine Kruiswijk, Executive Director of the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region

The Seminar will cover what the Autism Spectrum is, how it may present in the workplace, onboarding and retention best practices, review of possible accommodations, and addressing stigma and false assumptions about Autism.

Janine Kruiswijk has been the executive director of the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region since 2009. She previously served as the executive director of the Family Resource Network of Oneonta, New York. She has many years of experience supporting children, youth and adults with exceptional needs, providing community leadership, and promoting policy changes on behalf of families and individuals. Janine has her BS in Sociology from The College of New Rochelle. She is the parent of four children, one of them with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Register in advance at [email protected]

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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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ABLE Accounts & ADA Basics for Job Seekers Seminar

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You're Invited! 

CDO Workforce and Family Resource Network are co-sponsoring a seminar about how to establish and grow your ABLE Accounts and ADA Basics for Job Seekers. 

The seminar will explain the eligibility requirement and how to establish an ABLE Accounts. ABLE accounts help eligible individuals with disabilities save for their futures without jeopardizing their public benefits. 

It is not required that you be receiving public benefits to have an ABLE account as there are significant financial advantages of having an ABLE account that can often outweigh other types of long-term savings tools. 

Also ADA information will be provided about disclosing a disability in the workplace. 

Interested in learning more about ABLE Accounts or about disclosing your disability? For more information about the seminar call 607-432-4800 x 109 or e-mail: [email protected]

To register online, go to www.familyrn.org and click on the News and Events link and then the Events Calendar.
To register by phone call Joleane at 607-432-0001

When: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, 9:30am - 11:30am

Where: Elm Park Methodist Church, Oneonta, NY

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Job Fair Tips Workshop

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You're invited to this FREE Workshop at Norwich CDO Workforce... 

When: September 4th 1:30PM – 2:30PM  

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

BE PREPARED TO ATTEND THE JOB FAIR ON 9/12/2019 AT THE NORWICH VFW POST 2782

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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Workplace Investigations - Best Practices

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This two-day seminar will give employers and investigators an understanding of the tools needed to plan and conduct interviews, gather, organize and review different types of evidence, draw appropriate conclusions, document an investigation and make the right recommendations for actions.
In this seminar, participants will learn crucial interview techniques to gather appropriate and relevant information and how to recognize truthful and deceptive behavior. This seminar is interactive and involves group breakout sessions.

Where: Mid York Library System, 1600 Lincoln Ave., Utica, NY  13502

When: Sept. 11th at 8:30am and Sept 12th at 9:00am

TO REGISTER: E-mail [email protected]
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 3, 2019
$145 per person - Advance Payment Required
Check and Credit Card payments accepted
Please make checks payable to “JSEC” or to arrange for a credit card payment email [email protected]
Send payment to: CDO Workforce, Attention: JSEC, 12 Dietz St.,
Oneonta, NY 13820.
CANCELLATIONS are required by 4 p.m. on the Friday prior to the seminar. Reservations made and not kept may not be refunded. Substitutions are allowed.

Light Breakfast & Lunch Provided

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Voters with a Disability Resources

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National Disability Voter Registration Week (officially July 15th-July 19th) promotes community involvement and civic participation across the country with a focus on registering individuals with disabilities to vote.

Resources and Events

The Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL), in collaboration with Disability Rights New York (DRNY), is offering free community voter education and registration events in honor of National Disability Voter Registration Week. These events mark the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which occurred on July 26, 1990. To learn more about these events, and dates and times, click here

Five Things to Remember About Voting

13 Things Voters with a Disability Need to Know

Informed Voter Fact Sheet

Transportation to the Polls - Tips

Voting Reform

Ways to Mark Ballot

More Resources:

Workers with Disabilities

Hiring Workers with Disabilities

 

 

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Effective Workplace Investigations Seminar

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Learn crucial interview techniques to gather appropriate and relevant information and how to recognize deceptive behavior.

This two-day seminar addresses different types of investigations and will give employers and investigators an understanding of the tools needed to plan and conduct interviews, gather, organize and review different types of evidence, draw appropriate conclusions, document an investigation and make the right recommendations for actions.

When: June 25th & June 26th

Where: MidYork Library System, 1600 Lincoln Ave., Utica, NY

To Register e-mail [email protected]
Registration Deadline: Thursday, June 20, 2019

$145 per person | Advance Payment Required

Light Breakfast & Lunch Included

Check and Credit Card payments accepted.

Please make checks payable to “JSEC” or to arrange for a credit card payment email [email protected].

Send payment to: CDO Workforce, Attention: JSEC, 12 Dietz St., Oneonta, NY 13820.

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SBDC Small Business Training Program

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Are you starting a business? Are you already in business and need an entrepreneurial “tune-up?” The Small Business Training Program is for you. 

Learn from the experts how to build your idea into a profitable venture. 

Classes take place on two (2) consecutive Wednesdays. Each session is a full day of classroom training beginning at 9:00 am and ending at 4:30 pm.

Both sessions are included in the price of $75.00. An SBDC Certificate of Completion will be awarded at the end of the 2nd session. This Certificate is a requirement of the Otsego County and City of Oneonta Microenterprise Grant Program. More importantly, you will walk away with valuable knowledge, ideas, motivation and resources. 

When: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Where: Otsego Now Offices
189 Main Street
5th Floor, Suite 500
Oneonta, NY 13820

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Electrician's Helper Training

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SUNY Delhi and CDO Workforce 60 Hour Electrician’s Helper Training

When:  June 17th—June 27th - Monday—Thursday each week-9am—5pm

Where: ATEC Lab on SUNY Delhi Campus

Combination of lecture and lab classes, approximately 50% theory and 50% hands on learning activities.

Topics:

 Safety

 Tools of the trade and their use

 Finding and interpreting information in the National Electrical Code

 Trade specific mathematics Drawing and interpreting schematic, wiring, and one-line diagrams

 Ohm’s Law calculations involving current, voltage, power, and resistance in electrical circuits

 Recognize appropriate wiring methods used in residential installations

 Installation of single pole, three-way, and four-way switches

 Installation of duplex receptacles

 Installation of ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) receptacles

 Installation of dryer and range receptacles

Call Maggie Gilbert at 607—832—5776 for more information.

All students who complete program will receive basic electrical tools, a professionalresume and job placement assistance.Tuition Assistance may be available. Must be 18 and older.

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Youth Job Readiness Training Workshop

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Register today for this free, informative workshop brought to you by Springbrook, CDO Workforce, and The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. 

Sessions will include discussion and instruction on how to find and maintain employment in today’s competitive job market as well as information regarding financial literacy. Students will be provided with a training workbook and an opportunity to enroll in programs to assist in finding employment after course completion. 

This training is open to persons of all abilities, with training content focused for Youth 18 - 24 years old with little work experience.

Class Schedule and Location
May 13, 16, 20, and 23 | 10:00am - 1:00 pm
CDO Workforce Offices | 12 Dietz Street, Oneonta, NY

Registration
You must register to attend.
Please contact Alan Sessions at 607-432-4800 ext 109 and sign up today!

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Social Security Entitlement Programs Workshops in Oneonta

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FREE OMH Workshops on Social Security entitlement programs hosted by CDO Workforce 

When: Friday May 3rd | 11:30am to 3:30pm  

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

Many people with disabilities wait years before they are determined to be eligible for benefits. PASS plans,1619b, Medicaid Buy-In for Working people with a disability and some of the other underused mechanisms that will be covered. These free OMH workshops will show you the benefits and advantages by participating in Social Security entitlement programs.

• Workshop 1 – PASS Plans, 1.5 HOURS
• Workshop 2 – Medicaid Buy-in and 1619(b), 1 HOUR
• Workshop 3 – Social Security Forms and Resources, 45 MINUTES

These workshops will also teach you how to request a waiver for an overpayment; avoid spend-downs; use Social Security work incentives to help maintain SSI and SSDI eligibility as you explore returning to work; ease off cash benefits and into self-sufficiency; work full-time and maintain low cost (or even no-cost) health insurance; get expedited reinstatement of benefits.

If you wish to register for one and/or all of the workshops, please contact:

Kate Hewlett- Peer Engagement Specialist, Otsego County Community Services, 607-433-2343, [email protected]

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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, http://www.laborny.jobs/ .

For more job listing options visit: http://www.cdoworkforce.org/

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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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