The Office of Governor Pritzker will be hosting a press conference at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 10th at The Workforce Connection (TWC) regarding the Employment Recovery grant The Workforce Connection board received to serve dislocated workers. TWC intends to quickly put people back to work and will serve as many as 75 individuals.

In conjunction with Governor Pritzker and his office, Chris Connors, The Workforce Connection Board’s Planning and Quality Assurance Manager will speak at the press conference related to the grant.

Serving dislocated workers is a crucial aspect of the regional and local strategic workforce plan. The Employment Recovery grant will further allow The Workforce Connection to offer training programs that offer industry recognized certifications in industries identified as high-growth, high-demand in our region, to individuals who have lost their jobs. In order to get individuals back to work as quickly as possible, the training programs used for the Employment Recovery Project are short-term programs that are less than 12 months in length. TWC will also connect individuals who already possess the necessary skills to re-enter the workforce to employers through on-the-job training and work experience.

For social distancing limitations, space at the press conference is limited to press ONLY, but a video will be streamed on The Workforce Connection’s Facebook page.

For displaced workers seeking assistance through this grant in Boone, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties, please reach out to The Workforce Connection at or by calling 815-847-7574.

For displaced workers seeking assistance through this grant outside of Boone, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties, please visit to find your servicing location.

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