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Chenango-Delaware-Otsego Workforce 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.

Office Hours - Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 18th 

Office Hours 

Norwich and Oneonta CDO Workforce offices will be closed January 18th.

Sidney and Delhi CDO Workforce offices will be open.

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act One Stop Operator WDB HMO


The Workforce Development Board Herkimer, Madison & Oneida Counties, Inc. (WDB) has issued a Request for Proposals for: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act One Stop Operator. 

The WDB Herkimer, Madison & Oneida Counties, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency with a long history of providing employment and training programs in the three county region. The system is funded under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) and connects multiple federally funded employment and training programs in the local workforce area. 

The One Stop Operator (“Operator”), in a consultant role, will play a critical role in supporting the local workforce system to coordinate its diverse partners to achieve its service delivery vision and reach its ‘to be defined’ performance goals. The Contract Period is: April 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023.

The deadline for submission is March 1, 2021. 

To download the RFP and other critical dates GO HERE. 

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New Resources!


We've got new resources to share with you for workers with disabilities and for businesses hiring workers with disabiliies!

For Businesses

>What Employers Should Know About Learning Disabilities Info Sheet
>Job Accommodation Network (JAN) JAN A to Z listings by disability, topic, and limitation

Go here to see these resources and more

For Job Seekers

>Tools for Life: Researching and locating new apps can be an overwhelming task. The Tools for Life AppFinder database helps make your app search much easier. The Tools for Life AppFinder has hundreds of apps for living, learning, working and playing.

>Self-Advocacy in the Workplace: Requesting Job Accommodations

>Job Accommodation Network (JAN) JAN A to Z listings by disability, topic, and limitation 

Go here to see the resources


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New Resource!

Building Community Bridges Tool Kit 

Check out this new resource we've added to our Hiring Workers with Disabilities page!  

Working with Businesses to Recover: Sustainable Business Practices. Equity in hiring, supporting and retaining an inclusive workforce.

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Check out our January newsletter!


We've got valuable resources, news, events and featured job opportunities to share with you! And lots more...


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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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Happy Holidays!


From Your Friends at CDO Workforce! 


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Raymond Corporation Virtual Event: Assembler Positions


Raymond Corporation Hiring Managers will be conducting VIRTUAL INTERVIEWS for Assembler positions on:
January 6th, 7th & 8th

Shift(s) Available: 1st Shift, generally 6:00 am – 2:30 pm.
Schedule: 40 hours per week + Overtime as needed
Builds sub assembly and complete forklift assembly, using hand tools, power and precision tools.

Starting Pay Rate: $13.84/hr.
0-2 years of experience. Good team skills, consistently good attendance and willingness to learn are required.

To schedule an interview:

Step 1.
Complete the online application by going to:

Or use the QR code below:


Step 2.
After completing and submitting an application you will receive an email with a link to complete the SecureFit Safety Assessment questionnaire.

"Come be a part of something Special! 
Join a company committed to its people, customers, and community."

Start the journey or take the next step to learn more about Raymond by applying today.

If you have any questions, call 607-656-2802.


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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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December Newsletter


Our December Newsletter is here! This month we're sharing success stories, new apprenticeship grants, lots of new resources for job seekers and workforce news and surveys. And lots more!


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Happy Thanksgiving from Your Friends at CDO Workforce


CDO Workforce offices will be closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th.

We hope you have a safe, happy and healthy holiday!

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New York Loan Fund: Small Businesses and Small Residential Landlords Programs

New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small residential 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 residential landlords that have seen sharp reduction in 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, and nonprofits that did not receive a U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program of greater than $50,000 or an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for COVID-19 of any amount, except for EIDL advance grant of up to $10,000, and small residential landlords.

Eligible small businesses and small residential landlords can apply for a 60-month, no-fee loan with a 3% fixed interest rate; while eligible non-profits can apply for a 60-month, no-fee loan at 2% fixed interest. The maximum loan amount is $100,000. Loan funds can be used for working capital including payroll, operating and emergency maintenance, property taxes, utilities and costs associated with refitting physical space to follow social distancing guidelines.

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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.

Watch the Presentation

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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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Tips to Make Presentations More Accessible


The University of Washington gathered suggestions from several popular presenters. about how to make presentations more accessible. 

Here are a few that are easy to follow:

  • Minimize the number of slides. No one wants to be shot with a fire hose while trying to understand your talk.
  • Minimize the amount of text on slides. When you advance a slide, pause to let people read it before saying anything. This will allow people who are deaf and everyone else in the audience to read the slide before you start talking.
  • Avoid presenting images of complex charts or tables. Make graphics as simple as possible. No one wants to read a complicated graphic when there are only a few important facts about it.
  • Make sure that videos are captioned and audio described. Sometimes it is good to give a brief description of what is in the video before it is played. This will help audience members to establish a context for what comes next.
  • Ensure the question and answer period is accessible. If there is a microphone for questioners, make sure they use it. Otherwise, repeat the question so everyone can hear it/it gets interpreted.
  • Face people with hearing impairments, and avoid covering your mouth, so they can see your lips. Avoid talking while chewing gum or eating.
  • Speak clearly at a normal volume. Speak louder only if requested.
  • When using an interpreter, speak directly to the person who is deaf; when an interpreter voices what a person who is deaf signs, look at the person who is deaf, not the interpreter.

This 10-minute video from AHEAD will also give you all sorts of tips and advice on how to make your presentations engaging and accessible to all of your audience.

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Thank you, Veterans!


CDO Workforce offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11th.

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National Business & Disability Council Inclusion Summit: Key Takeaways


On October 21, 2020, the National Business & Disability Council hosted a virtual Disability Inclusion Summit. They provided key summit takeaways to help you outline actionable steps you and your organization can take to move from awareness to action.

View/download takeaways here


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November Newsletter


Check out our November newsetter! We've got free learning and training opportunities, featured job opportunities, tips and lots of resources for job seekers and businesses to share with you!


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Job Fair: Belleayre Mountain - Discovery Lodge


"Stop off at the Belleayre Job Fair on November 7 to talk with our department supervisors about the various positions available on the mountain. Belleayre Mountain is a great place to work, and we’re always on the lookout for exceptional employees who enjoy working in a fast-paced and fun winter environment! Perks include ski privileges at Whiteface, Gore, Belleayre & Mt. Van Hoevenberg Mountains, training provided, employee discounts, and you get paid too! Masks are required to attend the job fair."

Saturday, November 7 | Noon – 4pm
Discovery Lodge - 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount, NY 12441

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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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Training and Upcoming Events

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View our event calendar.

You can also visit the NYS Dept of Labor website for additional Workshop information, click here

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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