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Resume Building Workshop for Teens


Please Join the Family Resource Network and the CDO Workforce for our Upcoming Virtual Teen Scene: 

Monday, June 15th, 2020,  2pm-3pm via Zoom 

Are you interested in a summer job or an after-school job? Do you have the skills that an employer might be willing to pay for? Do you know how to get an employer's attention? 

The answer is simple - you need to create your own "personal advertisement" also called a Resume, that shows what you know how to do, things that you like to do, and how that could benefit an employer! 

"The Family Resource Network is excited to partner with Alan Sessions and Kathy DeAngelo of the CDO Workforce to bring a Resume Workshop to our teens! Whether you are looking for a summer job, a part-time job during the school year, a full-time job after high school or volunteer opportunities, we will help guide you through what to include on your resume!

Join us while we talk with CDO Workforce professionals who will give you great tips, show samples of resumes, and help show you the way to make some money."

Registration is REQUIRED!

Please fill out the following registration form to participate in the Family Resource Network's Virtual Teen Scene event.

For anymore information please call (607)432-0001. After registering, an email will be sent to you with the Zoom link for the event.


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Free Online Skills Training for Job Seekers and Businesses


FREE Metrix Skills Training Available! 

The Workforce Development Board Herkimer, Madison, Oneida and Chenango, Delaware & Otsego Workforce Board now offer Metrix® online training free of charge to all businesses and unemployed and underemployed residents in these six counties.

Metrix Learning® is a comprehensive learning platform that helps set job seekers up for success. Job seekers can gain skills and keep current skills fresh, helping their resumes stand out and readying them for re-entry into a new job market.

Along with online skill training, the platform also offers career exploration tools, career pathways, job search tools, and assessments, giving job seekers a clear picture of where they are and what skills they need to gain to get them where they want to be.

The Metrix® platform helps job seekers progressively build their skills in an easy to understand format, using interactive modules that include videos and quizzes. Job seekers can track their progress, achieving course completion certificates and earning skill badges that help potential employers take notice when considering how a candidate can bring value to their team.

Job seekers can take an unlimited amount of classes and can choose from more than 5,000 workplace skills, business and IT courses. Topics are wide-ranging, including Microsoft Office, sales, software, workplace skills, and many more.

The platform can also help businesses who are having trouble finding qualified candidates or are looking to update their employees’ skills. The WDB and its local American Job Center offices in HMO and CDO offer services to residents to help strengthen the workforce and help workers prepare for and achieve meaningful careers. While in-person services are suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WDB, HMO Working Solutions, and CDO Workforce continue to assist job seekers and businesses by way of virtual services.

In Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties, Metrix training and other virtual services can be requested at:

In Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties, Metrix training and other virtual services can be requested at: (For Metrix Training: go to For Job Seekers>Training Resources.)

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Free Workshops


Ten free online workshops!

They are self-paced programs and are available between now and June 30th. Course work needs to be complete by June 30th. 

The courses are: • Creating Web Pages • Creating WordPress Websites • Fundamentals of Supervision and Management • Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search • Keys to Effective Communication • Managing Customer Service • Marketing Your Business on the Internet • Personal Finance • Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring • Individual Excellence

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Virtual Workshops During the week of April 6th

Register Now for these Valuable Workshops happening next week!

Email Stacey Smith for an invitation code  

Virtual workshops week of April 6

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Upcoming Virtual Workshops

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Virtual Workshops

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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 

Careers in the medical field are available. However, not all jobs are clinical, in fact, many of these jobs require only a high school diploma. UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich hires cooks, receptionists, customer service, maintenance technicians, security guards, and more.

Want to learn more? Attend a free dinner event at SUNY Morrisville Norwich Campus on March 12th and connect to the people that can help you.

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

At the event, you can meet with the UHS Chenango Memorial Human Resource team, talk to educational resources representatives, and network with organizations that can help you get a great job. Click on the link below and register today!

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New Workshops Coming In January


Starting in January, CDO Workforce will be offering three new workshops! 

CIVIL SERVICE: Learn how to locate job openings and listings for State, County and Federal employment.  

EXPERIENCED WORKER: Have you been told you are “too experienced” or feel that chronological age is a barrier? This workshop will offer tips to highlight your skills and may increase your success in your job search. 

TRANSFERRABLE SKILLS: Participants will learn the value of and how to identify their transferrable skills and how it relates to their job search process. 

CDO Workforce is your American Job Center partner; there is NEVER A CHARGE for our workshops or services.

Learn more about these and other workshops and how to register.


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Deadline Extended! SmartGrid Training at Oneonta Job Corps



Applications are due December 18th, 2019 for the SMART GRID Underground Residential Distribution Advanced Electrical Trade Program. 

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


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

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Leadership for Supervisors Class - Sidney CDO Workforce

Join us for a Supervisory Training Class 

When: Dec. 16th, 19th and 23rd, 9:00am - Noon 

Where: CDO Workforce, 21 Liberty St., Sidney, NY  

Course Description  

This 9-hour course is designed to be delivered in 3 segments of 3 hours each. The course gives the attendees an advance foundation of management skill learning. The course engages the attendees in analyzing and using thought leadership and application of these ideas within company applications. Several actual company examples will be used to help the attendees better understand the approach and attention required for good supervisory skills. The students will be provided with copies of the slides used in the class. 

Call or email Maggie Gilbert at 607-832-5781, for more information. 

All attendees must be actively enrolled with CDO Workforce. 

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GED Classes at Richfield Springs Public Library


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

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
102 Main St., Richfield Springs, NY 13439

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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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Resume Writing Workshop in Norwich


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


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


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 

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 and the CDO Workforce Disability Employment Initiative Facebook page / @CDOWorkforceDEI.

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ABLE Accounts and Americans with Disability Act Workshop


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 

The Reservation link for this event is:
Or, go to, 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


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,
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


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! 

• 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 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!


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:

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


You're invited!

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.

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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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