The Workforce Connection Board

Interested in Becoming a Board Member?

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What is a Workforce Board?

Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) have a critical role to play in contributing to healthy regional economies that serve the needs of business and workers.

WDBs function in multiple roles—as a steward of Federal and non-Federal funds, overseeing a host of operational systems and processes, and as the primary architects of the State’s overall workforce strategy. 

Our Board of Directors and Chief Elected Officials work in collaboration with The Workforce Connection staff to strategically address the following priorities:

        • Integrate workforce, education, and economic development efforts to move the Region forward.
        • Engage employers as champions for workforce solutions that meet their current and future needs.
        • Increase skill level of the workforce through bolstered education and training opportunities.
        • Connect residents of all skill levels and socioeconomic groups to career opportunities.
        • Improve intake, tracking, and data management systems.
        • Promote the benefits of the workforce system to residents and employers.

What does it mean to be a Board Member?

Do you want to play a part in the economic vitality of Northern Illinois?

Our incredible Board of Directors and Chief Elected Officials are involved in the success of Boone, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties in their daily professional life.

Being on The Workforce Connection’s Board means being connected to other Executives in the region and local and State politicians, guiding the agile public workforce development system, and solving specific workforce challenges affecting businesses and individuals.

How do I know if I’m eligible?

Board Members for The Workforce Connection must:

  • Desire to make a positive contribution to the local area or region’s economy, by helping to shape a workforce development system that meets the needs of employers and career-seekers;
  • Have optimum decision-making authority for their organzation which does business in or resides within Boone, Stephenson, or Winnebago Counties of Illinois;
  • Commit to devoting 4-6 hours per quarter and expertise to working with other Board members, staff, businesses, public officials, and public and private sector partnerships to improve the quality of the workforce, and;
  • Work for an organization that falls into our targeted industries. As this changes with the nature of workforce, we ask you indicate your primary industry in your application.

The Workforce Connection has a commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and encourages applicants of all genders, race, ethnicity, abilities, sexual orientation, age, backgrounds, and experience. 

How do I apply for a seat?

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis for current or future vacancies. 

You can submit your application at the link below. We encourage you to include a copy of your resume, but it is not required.

Within 24 business hours, you will receive a notice of acceptance to the provided email address. Leadership will review your application and provide an update within 7 business days.

If you have questions, please email board@theworkforceconnection.org

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. To view additional information related to the U.S. Department of Labor funding of this program, please visit www.theworkforceconnection.org/USDOLstatement

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