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). Utilizing Federal and State 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. The board staff is a leadership team that oversees the workforce system.

Upcoming Meetings

The Workforce Connection Board generally meets on the first Tuesday of March, June, September & December at 8:00 a.m. at The Workforce Connection, 303 N Main St., Rockford, Illinois – unless otherwise noted. Meeting notices, agendas and minutes are posted as they become available.

Click here for the full schedule of board and committee meetings (including meetings of the Executive Committee and Chief Elected Officials) for PY 2020 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021).

The Workforce Connection’s Board of Directors and Chief Elected Officials will be meeting virtually on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Click here for the agenda.

Please note: Pursuant the Governor’s Executive Order to Shelter-in-Place, all meetings will be taking place virtually until further notice in compliance with OMA requirements.

The Workforce Connection Board By-Laws  (amended 3-5-19)

Leadership Team

Dr. Lisa M. Bly-Jones

Executive Director

Chris Connors

Planning and Quality Assurance Manager

Cathy Cornelius

Board Assistant

Mike Johnson

Grant Compliance Specialist

Robert Jones Jr.

Business Account Manager


Amanda M. Sink

Strategic Initiatives Manager

Dan White

Fiscal Manager
For general inquiries, please contact the main desk at 815-847-7574
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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.