Who We Are
Who We Are

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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The Workforce Connection Receives Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award from Rock Valley College
The Workforce Connection Receives Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award from Rock Valley College
Interested in Education or Training Opportunities to Start or Grow Your Career?

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Looking for a New Career?
Looking for a New Career?

View hundreds of positions from all different industries and locations - ranging from entry-level to C-suite.

Employers
Employers

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The Workforce Connection's Business Services Team can help!

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Our Statement of Equity
Recognizing its economic, societal and organizational benefits, we are committed leaders of workforce diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Advocating and supporting equitable access to career and employment opportunities, we partner with employers in the region to create equity in the workplace and promote a culture of belonging where everyone is seen, heard and valued.

Workforce Services

Career Seekers

Employment opportunities, hiring events, career coaching, employment training, and specific assistance for in and out of school youth.

Employers

Talent acquisition, on-the-job training, customized training, apprenticeships, work experience, upskilling talent.

Labor Market

Most recent unemployment and labor force information, including employment by industry, updated monthly.

News & Testimonials

Success Story – Alex

Success Story – Alex

Meet Alex, who is a Senior at Harlem High School who will graduate in June 2024. Alex enrolled in The Workforce Connection's Elevate Program through Harlem High School and had the opportunity to do...

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Board Member Recognition Highlight

Board Member Recognition Highlight

Board Member Matt Montalbano Receives Accolade!   We'd like to give a shout-out to Board Member Matt Montalbano for being named to the Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list in the U.S in...

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Inspirational Story

Inspirational Story

Board Member Jeff Fahrenwald and Luis Romero share their inspirational journey. In this casual chat, a mentor and mentee reminisce on their inspiring journey. The former mentee, Luis Romero, shares...

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The Workforce Connection On The News

The Workforce Connection On The News

The Workforce Connection's Executive Director, Dr. Gina Caronna, shared a presentation about our Business Services at the Greater Rockford Chamber of Commerce's "The Update" on March 21st. When...

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Board Member Recognition Highlight

Board Member Recognition Highlight

In celebration of Women's History Month, Board Member Pamela Lopez-Fettes received recognition from Dave Vella and the Illinois House of Representatives for being a leader in business. The...

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The Workforce Connection Board

Your Region’s Workforce Board

Serving Boone, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties in Northern Illinois

Please note: The next press release with May 2024 information will be Thursday, June 23, 2024.

Data provided by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Tom Austin.
For any additional Labor Market information data inquiries, please reach out to The Workforce Connection at businessservices@theworkforceconnection.org .

Calendar

Calendar of Events

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Community Impact
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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 www.theworkforceconnection.org/USDOLstatement