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.

Computer Basics Tech Class - In Person


Monday, January 25th at 1:00pm - Class is limited to 2 attendees.

Call 607-563-1200 to register.

This class will focus on using the mouse and keyboard, navigating the desktop and more. 

Program offered in partnership with the Sidney CDO Workforce. 

Sidney Memorial Public Library
8 River St.
Sidney, NY

Attendees must wear a mask and use hand sanitizer upon enterwing the library.



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Helpful LinkedIn Resources for Job Seekers


Are you looking for a new job or a new career? Check out these helpful resources from LinkedIn!

Free LinkedIn Learning Courses

LinkedIn Career Explorer 

Coronavirus Resource Hub 

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Leadership for Supervisors Class


Join us for a Supervisory Training Class 

When: January 7th, 12th, 14th and 19th, 2021 

Time: 8:30 am -10:30 am 

Where: Zoom-Virtual-link will be shared once signed up for class 

Trainer: DH Sheldon Associates

Don Sheldon has global experience helping companies achieve world-class performance. His teaching style is hands-on and down to earth.

Course Description
This 8-hour course is designed to be delivered in 4 segments of 2 hours each. The course gives the attendees an advanced 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 in the attendees better understand the approach and attention required for good supervisory skills. The students will be provided with copies 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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New Your Dream Your Team Presentation


Check out the new Your Dream Your Team presentation from the recent NYS APSE Regional meeting!

“Your Dream, Your Team”  is a website toolkit to Help Job Seekers with Disabilities along their career path.

The new website was created as a result of the Disability Employment Initiative grant. The goal is to improve career pathways outcomes for youth with disabilities through career training, employment, and supportive services.

The goal of this resource to improve career exploration and employment for job seekers with disabilities, with an emphasis on outcomes for youth with disabilities (ages 14-24).

The website offers useful tools, guidance, forms, and other resources to support job seekers with disabilities and the individuals and organizations who support them, including community-based organizations, employment counselors, Disability Resource Coordinators, and parents who want to introduce their child to a career pathway and prepare them for a stable, long-term career.

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Presentation: Increasing ABLE Account Savings through Employment during COVID-19


From the ABLE National Resource Center:  "This webinar will review the basic rules for funding an ABLE account from contributions and earned income. Information about ease of access to savings and investments to address COVID-19 expenses will be shared, as well as best practices on integrating ABLE accounts into employment services for customers with disabilities. The webinar will also include how ABLE savings helps people with disabilities to begin and maintain employment and engage in career development to maximize their earnings, use of work supports and savings potential, including savings for retirement." 

In this webinar you will hear from our Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC) Kathy DeAngelo!

“The most important thing I tell other service providers who work on employment for people with disabilities, is that here at CDO we tie financial literacy into every aspect of our work. And if you are a person with a disability, we want to talk to you about ABLE accounts and use the resources of the ABLE National Resource Center. We really believe that connecting money to people’s hopes and dreams and goals makes it a reality. You can’t have one without the other.”

– Kathy DeAngelo

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Webinar: Increasing ABLE account savings through Employment during COVID-19


Kathy DeAngelo, CDO Workforce Certified Benefits and Work Incentives Planner and Disability Resource Coordinator will be speaking at this webinar! 

WHEN: Oct 29, 2020, at 2:00 PM in Eastern Time

"The ABLE National Resource Center (ABLE NRC) continues to provide consistent, reliable information concerning the benefits of an ABLE account. This webinar celebrates October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month and will:

  • provide a range of strategies to save and fund an ABLE account as a complement to other strategies to improve health, independence, quality of life and increase employment outcomes.
  • review the basic rules for funding an ABLE account from contributions and earned income. In addition, information about ease of access to savings and investments to address COVID-19 expenses will be shared.
  • share best practices on integrating ABLE accounts into employment services for customers with disabilities.
  • cover how ABLE savings helps people to begin and maintain employment and engage in career development to maximize their earnings, use of work supports and savings potential, including savings for retirement."


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Start Your Career in the Weatherization & Home Performance Field - For FREE!


Learn the Fundamentals of Building Science and Making Energy Efficiency Improvements to Building Structures.

Gain a Basic Understanding of Key Concepts Necessary for Entry into the Workforce.

At the completion of the training, you will receive:
• OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety Certificate
• NYSWDA Certificate of Training Completion
• Work Boots and Heavy Jacket
• A Beginners Tool Kit
• An Opportunity to Interview with Local Potential Employers Needing Entry Level Weatherization Employees

This One Week Class Starts Soon -  November 16th to 20th - Register Now to Reserve Your Spot!

You must be at least 18 years old, must have a driver’s license and High School diploma or equivalency, and live in Otsego or Delaware or Chenango County, NY. Veterans and Workers with Disabilities are encouraged to register.

When: Monday - Thursday, November 16 – 19, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Friday, November 20 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Lunch is provided.

Where: Opportunities for Otsego, Roundhouse Road, in Oneonta

Register by calling 607-432-4800 x 100

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Oneonta Job Corps Accepting Applications -2021 Winter SMART GRID Classes


Please see the updated SMART GRID application with important dates.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a video Q&A (WebEx/Google Meet) and/or virtual tour, please contact Lisa Peck, Advanced Training Coordinator, Oneonta Job Corps Academy: 607-431-1431 or

Download the Application

Applications are due Friday, November 20th, 2020

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The NYS Workforce Strategy Group Releases A New Way Forward: Bold Actions to Reshape New York's Labor Market//Webinar


Read the Report - Sign On as a Supporter - Attend the Webinar 

The NYS Workforce Strategy Group, a group convened by Invest in Skills NY (ISNY), has released a range of policy, funding and programmatic recommendations to address persistent labor market issues that were exacerbated by Covid-19. 

The report, A New Way Forward: Bold Actions to Reshape New York’s Labor Market, compiles immediate, short-term, and long-term actions for Governor Andrew Cuomo and state policymakers to stabilize the economy and workers; to get more New Yorkers trained for the jobs of today and tomorrow; and to rebuild, rethink and reform that state’s workforce and training systems. 

Read the Recommendations

“This crisis has afforded New York a real shot, and truly an imperative, to be deliberate about how we rebuild our labor market and workforce,” said Melinda Mack, co-chair of ISNY and executive director of New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals. “Tapping into New York’s leading experts, the NYS Workforce Strategy Group has laid out pragmatic, actionable and achievable steps that will ultimately help New Yorkers get back on their feet and ultimately access better jobs. ”

The recommendations focus on:
• Getting New Yorkers back to work by stabilizing small businesses, the working poor and eliminating barriers to employment
• Using existing federal and state funding, state authority and increased coordination to expand opportunity for all New Yorkers
• Rebuilding local and regional labor markets with an emphasis on quality job growth
• Deepening the coordination of economic and workforce development

The NYS Workforce Strategy Group included representatives from business intermediaries, leading workforce providers and advocates all with the common goal of supporting an equitable economic recovery and getting New Yorkers back to work.

The NYS Workforce Strategy Group recommendations follow ISNY's “Accounting for Success: A Blueprint for Measuring the Performance of New York State’s Workforce Development System” report, which aims to guide policymakers in the development of a statewide, 21st century data system for workforce development. "A 21st century workforce development strategy must be able to answer basic questions on the performance of the system to ensure that we are effectively connecting labor supply with labor demand," said Marjorie Parker, president and CEO of JobsFirstNYC, a co-chair organization of ISNY.

"We need your support to make sure that the recommendations that have been developed are adopted and implemented across New York. Sign on today to show your support!"

Sign On as a Supporter

"Join us on Wednesday, October 7th at 10am for a full overview of the A New Way Forward: Bold Actions to Reshape New York’s Labor Market report"
Register Here

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Event: Hospital Jobs 101


Save the date! 

Wednesday, October 21st, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, DCMO BOCES is sponsoring a virtual career event: Hospital Jobs 101 for exploring career pathways and training in Healthcare.  

Hear from a panel of experts including United Health Services (UHS) and SUNY Morrisville. 


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September Newsletter


Our September Newsletter is here! We're sharing upcoming job fairs, featured job opportunities, workforce news, learning & training opportunities and lots more...


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Disability Employment Initiative Conference Recording Now Available


Road Map to an Inclusive Workforce Conference - Addressing Youth with Disabilities, Career Pathways, and Employment A Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Round 8 Virtual Conference

Recording is availble from this conference streamed live on August 13, 2020

The conference is recorded and available for viewing on our DEI Facebook page

It is also pinned to the top of the DEI Facebook page

And is also available on our CDO Workforce website

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Virtual Conference tomorrow - You're Invited!


You're invited to the Road Map to an Inclusive Workforce Conference - Addressing Youth with Disabilities, Career Pathways, and Employment A Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Round 8 Virtual Conference 

A 1/2 Day Learning Event! 

When: Thursday, August 13th, 2020, 9:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

We will be streaming this live event to our Facebook page!


CDO DEI Facebook page

We hope that you can join us on Facebook!

Please share this Facebook event link to help us get the word out about this terrific event. Thank you!

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5 Hour Licensing in Virtual, Real-Time!


The 5 Hour Pre-License course is available in a virtual format, in real-time with a live instructor. 

Complete the program from your own home or office space! 

See the photo below for August dates.

*More Fall dates available after August

For registration & Information:

Madison-Oneida BOCES Continuing Education

Call (315)361-5800

Virtual Five Hour Licensing

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Get the Facts about Cancer with the CDO Workforce


Online Event Hosted by Cancer Services Program of the Central Region 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM 

Learn about breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer, how to reduce your risk, and the importance of screening. Also learn about how you may be able to get cancer screenings for free. 

This event is offered in partnership with the CDO Workforce. 

Participants in the online Zoom education event will be entered into a drawing for a $10 Stewart's gas card. Must be over 18 to participate in the drawing. Winner will be sent the gas card by mail.

Send a message to Cancer Services Program of the Central Region for Zoom meeting information.

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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

Register Now for these Virtual Workshops!

Virtual Workshops

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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, .

For more job listing options visit:

CDO Workforce New York Job, Career Development and Resource Websites

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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

Recruitment & Training Websites