About us

What is a Local Workforce Innovation Board?

Our Mission: The Workforce Connection is committed to providing a workforce that meets the needs of the business community now and in the future.

Our Vision: Provide a fully integrated and accessible workforce development system that balances the needs of individuals and businesses to ensure our region has a skilled workforce to effectively compete in the global economy.

About the Board: The Workforce Connection (TWC) Board is one of 22 local workforce boards established by the Governor of the State of Illinois pursuant to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). TWC’s Board of Directors and Chief Elected Officials are made up regional employers, educational institutions, economic development, public partners, and publicly elected officials, which guides the efforts of the organization and system. Utilizing Federal, State, and donated funds, TWC provides a system for individuals to get employed and also works with employers to find skilled workers and access other services, including education and training for their current workforce in Boone, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties. Get Connected! with our board!

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What is the The Workforce Connection System?

The Workforce Connection system is the regional workforce system serving Boone, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties.

The partnerships with local agencies help foster the necessities in our tri-county area and ensure that both career seekers and employers are receiving the assistance they need to be successful. Our region’s workforce system is benefited by these partnerships to ensure that each person and business in our community knows to connect with the One-Stop Career Centers at the American Job Centers.

The Workforce Connection’s American Job Centers in Boone, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties are located at the addresses at the bottom of this website.   The main number is (815) 847-7574 and you can also get connected by emailing info@theworkforceconnection.org.


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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 815-395-6638. 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