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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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Job Fairs in September at Delaware County Chamber of Commerce


From the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce: 

"Join us for our WE'RE HIRING Job Fairs during the week of September 14 at the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce." 

Connect with motivated workers for full or part-time employment. 

Present information about your company and job openings. 

Be prepared to interview applicants, accept resumes, and offer advice about how to prepare for employment with your company.


Delaware County Chamber members: Free, included with your membership! Registration is required.

Not-Yet Chamber Members: $50

Registration includes:

  • Exhibit area under a 10'x10' tent, includes 6' table with cover, and two chairs
  • Multi-media advertising campaign targeted at local job seekers, college students, and residents
  • Access to electronic compilation of resumes of attendees
  • Refreshment area will be available to exhibitors

COVID-19 Safety Precautions will be in place:

  • Only nine booths are available for each event to abide with recommended distancing guidelines
  • Use of masks will be required
  • Masks and hand sanitizer will be available

Fair Schedule:

Monday, September 14: Manufacturers

Tuesday, September 15: Tourism and Hospitality, including restaurants, lodging, and attractions

Wednesday, September 16: Healthcare and Human Services

Thursday, September 17: Retail, Agriculture, and Construction

Friday, September 18: Professional Services, including financial services, education, and telecommunications

To register, go to

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Meet Your DRCs!


Introducing the Workforce Development Board's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Staff... 

Learn how we help job seekers with a disability, and especially youth ages 16 to 24 years old, along their path to a successful and satisfying career. 

And contact us to find out how we can help you! 

Go here to read about Alan and Kathy and how they can help 

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Drive Thru Job Fair in Oneonta


We want to help you with your job search and want to keep you safe! 

You wonʼt need to exit your car, but FACE MASKS REQUIRED. 

Youʼll receive a bag to put each company’s iinformation/applications in that are HIRING NOW! 

 When you arrive, follow the traffic flow and wait patiently while others are served. 

When: Thursday, August 13, 2020, 9:00 AM to Noon

Where: Parking lot at The Oneonta Outlaws Damaschke Field, Neahwa Park, Oneonta, NY

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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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Don't miss our August newsletter!


Check out our August newsletter!  

Were sharing:

  • More Covid-19 Resources
  • Workforce Events and Opportunities
  • Featured Job Openings
  • New Resources for Job Seekers with Disabilities
  • Free learning opportunities
  • and lots more!

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New York State of Health Insurance Information

NY State of Health is committed to ensuring access to affordable, quality health insurance for all New Yorkers so they can get the care they need.

New Yorkers who are without health insurance should apply now through NY State of Health. 

There are three ways to apply: 

• Online at 

• By phone at 1-855-355-5777 (TTY: 1-800-662-1220) 

• With the help of an Enrollment Assistor: 1-855-355-5777

More Info and electronic rack card, which is available various languages

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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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Cancer Services Screening Program


Cancer Screening available in Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Oneida, Herkimer, Madison counties.  

FREE Mammograms, Breast Exams, Pap Tests & Pelvic Exams For uninsured & underinsured women 40 or older (Insurance billed for those with insurance).

Colon Cancer Screening Take-Home Kits For uninsured & underinsured men and women 50 or older.

Learn more and See the Mobile Coach Schedule

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COVID Rental Assistance Program

Renters impacted by the pandemic can apply to a new COVID Rental Assistance Program. 

The program will provide direct aid for tenants who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is funded through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which is part of the CARES Act. 

New Yorkers can access program applications here. 

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Information from the New York State Department of Labor. 


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Microsoft Offers Digital Skills Training

Microsoft plans to provide digital skills training for 25 million people this year under a new, multi-million dollar initiative that will bring together multiple branches of the company, including LinkedIn and GitHub.

A new LinkedIn dashboard will offer tracks like “Become a Software Developer” and “Become an IT administrator.”

The “learning paths” will provide online training for free through March 2021 in each field.

The digital skills taught through the initiative should help people find jobs that need to be filled, develops skills for jobs, and obtain certifications at a low cost.

There will be opportunities to practice the skills in GitHub’s Learning Lab.

In addition to the free resources, Microsoft will offer low-cost certifications required to fill tech roles.

The certifications are based on exams that determine a student’s skill in Microsoft technologies. They will be available for a discounted fee of $15 to anyone whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19. The exams ordinarily cost more than $100, according to Microsoft.

A news post from Microsoft outlines three areas that the resources will help with: • The use of data to identify in-demand jobs and the skills needed to fill them. • Free access to learning paths and content to help people develop the skills these positions require. • Low-cost certifications and free job-seeking tools to help people who develop these skills pursue new jobs.

As part of the initiative, people have access to content on LinkedIn Learning, Microsoft Learn, and the GitHub Learning Lab.

Microsoft Certifications and LinkedIn job seeking tools resources can be accessed on LinkedIn's website:

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HEAP Assistance Has Been Extended


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.  

Regular and Emergency HEAP assistance has been extended from June 30, 2020 through August 31, 2020 or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

Also: Applicant households who reside in government subsidized housing with heat included in their shelter costs are now eligible for a Cooling Assistance Component (CAC) benefit, if all other eligibility criteria are met. Requirements for medical documentation for CAC may be waived for applicants who are unable to obtain such documentation due to COVID-19.

For details on the Cooling assistance program(and other HEAP related programs) please reference the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Website at

Learn More Here: 

Consumer Advocacy from National Grid - Information and Telephone Numbers 

HEAP Checklist

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COVID-19 and Social Insurance and Benefit Programs

Updated Information From 

Go Here to Read the Updated Information in English

Go Here to Read the Updated Information in Spanish 

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July Newsletter


Don't miss our July Newsletter! 

This month we're announcing a new resource for Job Seekers with Disabilities! We've also got lots of workforce news, opportunities and more COVID-19 resources to share with you... 

Read the Newsletter 


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We've launched a New Website for Job Seekers with Disabilities!


CDO Workforce and the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Announces the “Your Dream, Your Team” Website - A Toolkit to Help Job Seekers with Disabilities 

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 Your Dream, Your Team website was developed as a resource to improve career exploration and employment for job seekers with disabilities, with an emphasis on outcomes for youth with disabilities (ages 14-24).

Your Dream, Your Team was developed by CDO Workforce, Hempstead Works, Tompkins County Workforce, and Change Impact with guidance from the DEI team at the New York State Department of Labor.

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.

The site also offers a variety of resources for businesses that are designed to help businesses learn how to be more inclusive and support employees with disabilities.

We invite you to explore the Your Dream, Your Team website!

We welcome your feedback to help us make improvements. Please share widely to help us get the word out about this valuable resource, and when possible please include a link to the Your Dream, Your Team on your website. We appreciate your help!

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U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance on Child Labor; Paid Sick and Expanded Family and Medical Leave amid School and Camp Closures


The Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division issued new Field Assistance Bulletins, providing guidance on: 

• When school is considered “in session” for federal child labor requirements

• Eligibility for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act based on the closure of summer camps, summer enrichment programs, or other summer programs 

Go Here to See the Guidance

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Returning to Work, Work Search and Unemployment Insurance


As regions across New York State begin their phased reopening, many New Yorkers who are unemployed will be able to return to their jobs. This guide provides answers to common questions about how returning to work impacts your unemployment benefits. 

Read the Guide

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, work search requirements have been modified. 

Read the FAQ

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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

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