The Workforce Connection is a business led board which serves as the regional resource for workforce development in Boone, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties in Northern Illinois.
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We connect individuals with education and training that leads to a high-growth, in-demand career.
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How The Workforce Connection
Is Serving The Community
Data from Program Year 2019
Employment opportunities, hiring events, career coaching, employment training, and specific assistance for in and out of school youth.
Most recent unemployment and labor force information, including employment by industry, updated monthly.
News & Testimonials
The Workforce Connection (TWC), the region’s dedicated workforce development resource, is proud to announce their advancement as the lead applicant into the next phase of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Racial Equity 2030 grant, after their review of over 7,000 applications.
TWC is thrilled at the prospect of workforce growth at AAR and the workforce system we provide will continue to work tirelessly to connect individuals with the necessary training/education for regional workforce needs.
In honor of National Welding Month, we connected with Greg Harle, Training Director of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 23, and one of our excellent Board of Directors members, to interview him on the work of welding and why individuals should get connected with this career pathway.
Tiara is a living example of how employers and individuals can support each other, and The Workforce Connection is here to assist them both. Referring to The Workforce Connection, Tiara says “there are people who work hard on your behalf to help you achieve your goals. Never give up, no matter what!”
This past fall, Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful partnered with The Workforce Connection’s Elevate Youth Program for a paid Work Experience opportunity for an Office Assistant position. They were in great need of someone to answer the phones in order for them to utilize their time more efficiently and strategically. They also needed someone to help with data entry with the utmost respect with accuracy and to assist with general office duties.
Savhanna victoriously attended and completed welding training at First Institute and received her AWS Welding certification. She is currently working full-time at Franklin Wire in Belvidere as a welder and is happy to have a great job and co-workers. Advice that Savhanna has for other youth is, “enroll into Elevate because it’s changed my life for the better. It is a great opportunity, the staff is so supportive. The only thing that is stopping you is you!”
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Your Region’s Workforce Board
Serving Boone, Stephenson and Winnebago, IL Counties
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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.