Strategically led by The Workforce Connection's Board of Directors, along with the Executive Director & Staff, The Workforce Connection (TWC) is the regional leader for workforce development serving Boone, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties in Northern Illinois. We are committed to providing a workforce that meets the needs of the business community now and in the future.
Employers: Looking for new talent or help with retention?
The Workforce Connection's Business Services Team can help!
Looking for a new career? 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
In honor of National Welding Month, we connected with Greg Harle, Training Director of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 23, and one of our excellent Board of Directors members, to interview him on the work of welding and why individuals should get connected with this career pathway.
The Coronavirus pandemic’s disproportionate economic toll on women, most notably women of color, will have economic ramifications for years— compounding the inequities of the existing gender wage gap. Since the start of the pandemic, more women than men have lost jobs, largely because so many women work in industries that have shrunk in 2020, such as the restaurant, retail, hotel and travel sectors.
March is National Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month is observed in the US, UK and Australia in March, and in October in Canada. It began with a single day, International Women’s Day, March 8, and it has been observed in some shape or form since 1911.
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.
Tiara is a living example of how employers and individuals can support each other, and The Workforce Connection is here to assist them both. Referring to The Workforce Connection, Tiara says “there are people who work hard on your behalf to help you achieve your goals. Never give up, no matter what!”
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.
The Workforce Connection Board
Your Region’s Workforce Board
Serving Boone, Stephenson and Winnebago, IL Counties
Workforce Wisdom Podcast
Calendar of Events
Informing Your Path to Career Success
View Our Annual Report to See Community Impact
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.