The Workforce Connection Board


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


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.


Board Leadership Staff

Dr. Gina Caronna

Executive Director

Cathy Cornelius

Board Liason & Compliance Manager

Berenice Jaquez

Business Team Lead and Apprenticeship Navigator

Chris Oysti

Program and Communications Manager

Joan Rabe

Business Account Liason

Dan White

Fiscal Manager

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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