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News & Testimonials
Request for Proposals: WIOA One-Stop Operator and Title 1-B Career Services for Adult & Dislocated Workers
The Workforce Connection (TWC), the region’s local workforce board, is seeking proposals from organizations or a consortium of entities to provide One-Stop Operator Services and WIOA Title I Career Services for Adults and Dislocated Workers.
While each year presents workforce trends, the 2020 trends stem from the pandemic. As the region’s dedicated workforce board, below we examine four of the most prominent workforce trends of 2020.
The Workforce Connection – the region’s dedicated workforce development organization – received an $18,600 grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois to address the digital divide.
This past fall, Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful partnered with The Workforce Connection’s Elevate Youth Program for a paid Work Experience opportunity for an Office Assistant position. They were in great need of someone to answer the phones in order for them to utilize their time more efficiently and strategically. They also needed someone to help with data entry with the utmost respect with accuracy and to assist with general office duties.
Savhanna victoriously attended and completed welding training at First Institute and received her AWS Welding certification. She is currently working full-time at Franklin Wire in Belvidere as a welder and is happy to have a great job and co-workers. Advice that Savhanna has for other youth is, “enroll into Elevate because it’s changed my life for the better. It is a great opportunity, the staff is so supportive. The only thing that is stopping you is you!”
Tomas was able to enroll and work with his Career Planner to attend CDL training at no cost to him. He completed his training through 160 Driving Academy and passed his CDL test to obtain his CDL license. After earning his license, Tomas was hired full time at Rail Transport in Rockford as a driver.
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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.