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September 21, 2018

Oswego County Opportunities Welcomes New Employees


FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities, one of the top ten largest private employers in Oswego County, has welcomed twelve new members to the agency’s staff.

Pictured are new employees of OCO who have recently completed the agency’s orientation program. Seated from left are: Jenifer Merritt (Developmentally Disabled Services) and Teresa Lazarek (Homeless Services).  Middle row from left: Linda Parry and Ashley Mason (Education Services), Ashley Johnson (Developmentally Disabled Services), and Christina Strauss (Crisis & Development Services).  Back Row from left: Frank Bedford (Transportation), Steve Whalon (Crisis and Development Services), Christian Sweeting (Facilities Manager.), Christopher Baber (Education Services), David Haskins Crisis and Development Services) and George Hoffman (Developmentally Disabled Services).

Pictured are new employees of OCO who have recently completed the agency’s orientation program. Seated from left are: Jenifer Merritt (Developmentally Disabled Services) and Teresa Lazarek (Homeless Services). Middle row from left: Linda Parry and Ashley Mason (Education Services), Ashley Johnson (Developmentally Disabled Services), and Christina Strauss (Crisis & Development Services). Back Row from left: Frank Bedford (Transportation), Steve Whalon (Crisis and Development Services), Christian Sweeting (Facilities Manager.), Christopher Baber (Education Services), David Haskins Crisis and Development Services) and George Hoffman (Developmentally Disabled Services).

The new employees, who will join the OCO’s staff of human services professionals, recently completed the agency’s orientation process and will begin to serve consumers in their respective programs.

Designed to acclimate new employees with the history, mission, and vision of OCO, the agency’s orientation provides new employees with the tools, guidance, and atmosphere they need to thrive and continue to grow in their new positions.

“We take pride in our workforce and the job that they do. To ensure that OCO employees provide our consumers with the outstanding service they deserve we offer each new staff member every opportunity to become a productive employee and excel in their position. Additionally, our culture is to encourage employees to continue their growth and to take advantage of the many training opportunities available to them,” said Christine Prevost, training coordinator with OCO.

Prevost added that OCO’s monthly orientation sessions offer in-depth information on the structure, programming and history of OCO.

“In addition to receiving training on mandated items such as HIPAA confidentiality, diversity and Right-to-Know, we discuss expectations and growth as our culture is to encourage employees to take advantage of the many training opportunities that are available and the best way to pursue them.  Our orientation session is a full day of training and information that will allow our new employees to build a successful career at OCO,” said Prevost.

OCO, Inc is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.

For more information, visit www.oco.org

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