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The Workforce Connection is a business led board which serves as the regional resource for workforce development in Boone, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties in Northern Illinois.
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Recognizing its economic, societal and organizational benefits, we are committed leaders of workforce diversity and inclusion, advocating and supporting equitable access to career and employment opportunities and partnering with employers to create equity within their workplaces for all in our region.
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News & Testimonials
The Workforce Connection is pleased to announce its award of the Quest Disaster Recovery Grant in the amount of $836,000!
Gina Caronna was unanimously voted in as the new Executive Director, effective April 1, 2022 by The Workforce Connection (TWC) Board and Chief Elected Officials. Gina brings to TWC her extensive experience at the intersection of higher education and workforce development, leading several talent pipeline initiatives for the region and growing high demand technical programs.
The Workforce Connection Provides Customized Solutions to Individuals Laid-Off from Stellantis and Their Suppliers
With the layoffs at Stellantis and their supplier companies, The Workforce Connection has worked with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the State of Illinois, and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) to certify the layoffs as “Trade events”, providing additional benefits to the individuals affected.
The Workforce Connection Receives Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community Partner Award from Rock Valley College
The Workforce Connection (TWC) was nominated and awarded as a community partner for “incorporat(ing) DEI within their mission and practices. They have a proven track record of partnering with RVC to identify barriers and create access and opportunities for all students. They are a key partner as we look at connecting with other organizations to spread the word about access and opportunity at RVC”.
The Workforce Connection (TWC), the region’s local workforce board, is seeking proposals for WIOA Youth Services in Boone and Winnebago Counties for the program year 2022.
With the ongoing COVID-19 National Health Emergency and a continued effort to ensure workforce equity is addressed in all areas, TWC has made modifications to the data, strategies, and overall efforts identified in the 2020-2024 plans.
The Workforce Connection Board
Your Region’s Workforce Board
Serving Boone, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties in Northern Illinois
Please note: The next press release with November 2022 information will be Thursday, December 22, 2022.
Above data provided by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Tom Austin.
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The Workforce Connection– an Illinois WorkNet Center and partner in the American Job Center network. This program is funded by The Workforce Connection, Inc., Il Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, and the U.S. Department of Labor. The Workforce Connection is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this website may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment by calling TTY (800) 526-0844 or 711. Contact the Equal Opportunity Officer at 815-395-6626. This program is subject to the provisions of the “Jobs for Veteran’s Act” Public Law 107-288, which provides priority of services to veterans and spouses of certain veterans. To view additional information related to the U.S. Department of Labor funding of this program, please visit www.theworkforceconnection.org/USDOLstatement