Special Services

Veterans

We love our Vets.  Learn about our Veteran Priority of Service

Disability

No matter your disability we can assist you.

Re-Entry

If you've been recently released, we can help with your job search.

 

Veterans Services

Our Veterans get Veterans Priority of Services. 

What exactly does Priority of Service mean?

It means that all veterans and eligible spouses are given priority over non-covered persons for the receipt of employment, training and placement services.  

Priority of service for Classroom Training services and Workshop services applies to the selection procedure, as follows:

  • First, if there is a waiting list for the formation of a training class, priority of service is intended to require a veteran or eligible spouse to go to the top of that list.

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  • Second, priority of service applies up to the point at which an individual is both approved for funding and accepted or enrolled in a training class. Therefore, once a non-covered person has been approved for funding and accepted/enrolled in a training class, priority of service does not allowed for a non-covered person to be "bumped" from the class.

 

Eligibility
Veteran/Covered Person: A person who served active duty and was discharged or released with any status but dishonorable. This definition includes Federal activation of a Reserve Component, other than active duty for training.

  1. Active duty: Full-time duty in the United States Armed Forces, other than active duty for training.

  2. Armed Forces: The United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, including their Reserve Component.

  3. Active Duty for Training: Full-time duty in the Armed Forces performed by a Reserve Component (i.e. basic training, military job training, drill weekends, annual two-week drill, etc.)

  4. Reserve Component: Generally, perform a minimum of 39 days of active duty for training annually and are also referred to as the Guard or Reserves:

    • The Army Reserve

    • The Navy Reserve

    • The Marine Corps Reserve

    • The Air Force Reserve

    • The Coast Guard Reserve

    • The Army National Guard

    • The Air National Guard

  5. Eligible Spouse (must meet one qualification):

    1. A spouse of any veteran who died of a service‐connected disability.

    2. A spouse of any member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time of application for the priority, is listed in one or more of the following categories and has been so listed for a total of more than 90 days:

      1. Missing in action

      2. Captured in the line of duty by a hostile force

      3. Forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power

      4. Forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power

      5. A spouse of any veteran who has a total disability resulting from a service‐connected disability, as evaluated by the Department of Veterans Affairs

      6. A spouse of any veteran who died while a disability was in existence

 

Procedure for Identification of Veterans at intake
Procedures are to be in place to identify veterans at Intake.  When a veteran, or eligible spouse, undergoes eligibility determination for enrollment. If a veteran or an eligible spouse, at the point of eligibility determination and enrollment, does not have documentation verifying his/her eligibility for priority of service, he/she is to be afforded access on a priority basis to all services provided by program staff (including intensive services) while awaiting verification. The only services that require prior verification of eligibility for priority of service are those that require a commitment of outside resources, such as classroom training.

 

Eligibility Definitions

  1. Eligible Veteran: The statutory reporting requirements for Wagner-Peyser and Veteran Grants require application of a more narrowly defined definition of eligible veteran. Under Title 38, United States Code Section 4211, the term “eligible veteran” means a person who meets any of the following:

    1. Served on active duty for a period of more than 180 days and was discharged or released therefrom with other than a dishonorable discharge Was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability

    2. As a member of a reserve component under an order to active duty, served on active duty during a period or war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge is authorized and was discharged or released from such duty with other than a dishonorable discharge
       

  2. Eligible Spouse: An individual may identify as a spouse of a veteran and qualify for priority of service. The term “eligible spouse” means a person who meets any of the following:

    1. The spouse of any person who died of a service-connected disability

    2. The spouse of any member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time of application for the priority, is listed in one or more of the following categories and has been so listed for a total of more than 90 days"

      • Missing in action

      • Captured in line of duty by a hostile force

      • Forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government
        or power

    3. The spouse of any person who has a total disability permanent in nature resulting from a service-connected disability

    4. The spouse of a veteran who died while a disability so evaluated was in existence

Coursera for Veterans

Coursera is an online learning platform that offers classes of all kinds from top universities.  There is now a veterans program in Coursera with collections of courses tailored to help veterans transfer their skill sets to civilian jobs. To enroll in these Coursera programs, complete the veterans Coursera registration on the Department of Labor website at labor.ny.gov/coursera 

 

Disability Services

At our Career Centers, we are dedicated to breaking any barriers you may have due to a disability of any kind.  We offer the same services to our disabled customers as we do any other plus we can help you find community resources that can also help you with your employment needs.  Please note that you do not have to be on SSI or SSDI to qualify for disability services.

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Cayuga Works Career Center and Cortland Works Career Center are proud to be a part of the Ticket to Work Program

What is Ticket to Work?

Ticket to Work is a voluntary program that takes SSI and SSDI recipients between the ages of 18 and 64 and allows them to try going back to work without the risk of losing their Social Security benefits. If you assign your Ticket to Cayuga Works Career Center or Cortland Works Career Center, you can receive intensive, one on one, personalized assistance from a qualified Career Advisor. Supportive services can include help with your job search and online applications, help writing a resume, interview practice/preparation, and general career guidance.

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Re-Entry Services

Everyone deserves another chance.  Whether you've just been released from prison or have been out for a while but are struggling when comes to employment, our career counselors can help you put your best foot forward and achieve success.  We can help write a resume or give instruction on the interview skills you need to be to address your incarceration.  In addition, we can help with:

  • Cover letters

  • Training/Education opportunities

  • Career guidance

  • Disability services, if applicable

  • Supportive Services

We are also familiar with community resources and programs that can assist you as well. 

Re-Entry Services