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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We connect individuals with education and training that leads to a high-growth, in-demand career.
Visit our jobs board to view current career opportunities or post your own.
How The Workforce Connection
Is Serving The Community
Data from Program Year 2019
Employment opportunities, hiring events, career coaching, employment training, and specific assistance for in and out of school youth.
Most recent unemployment and labor force information, including employment by industry, updated monthly.
News & Testimonials
Lisa M. Bly-Jones, Ed.D., Board Executive Director of The Workforce Connection, was recently named one of the 2021 People You Should Know by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Lisa is humble and appreciative of her nominator and those that supported her nomination, as well as the Rockford Chamber’s selection committee for honoring her as a Person You Should Know.
In our first of many in a series of “Workforce Insights” articles, we will be meeting with regional employers to understand what employment opportunities and career pathways exist, the function of the business, and how career-seekers can Get Connected!
Over the past 15 months, both employers and career-seekers have been forced to grapple with industry changes and instability. But in order to have a resilient workforce during the economic recovery, policy-makers and workforce development experts must work together to provide access to reskilling, training and education. The National Governors Association is leading a collaborative with several states, including Alabama and Hawaii, to “better connect employment seekers to work, education and other resources” (US News).
Family Counseling Services (FCS) was in need of an additional receptionist for the afternoon and evening hours and The Workforce Connection was able to assist, while providing valuable training to an individual.
Sandrine is enrolled in The Workforce Connection Adult program and needed a refresher on her interview skills. Her Career Planner, Alex, recommended that she attend #Ready, a one-day, four hour employment readiness workshop offered by The Workforce Connection. The program provides a refresher on soft skills, how to talk to an employer, and essential customer service skills.
We at DFA reached out to The Workforce Connection team so that we could offer our employees training that they would not have had the opportunity without assistance.
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Your Region’s Workforce Board
Serving Boone, Stephenson and Winnebago, IL Counties
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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.