Strategically led by The Workforce Connection's Board of Directors, along with the Executive Director & Staff, The Workforce Connection (TWC) is the regional leader for workforce development serving Boone, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties in Northern Illinois. We are committed to providing a workforce that meets the needs of the business community now and in the future.
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What Are We Doing to Address Workplace Equity? Initiatives and Updates from Dr. Lisa Bly-Jones, Executive Director of The Workforce Connection Board.
The Workforce Connection (TWC), the region’s local workforce board, is seeking proposals for WIOA Youth Services in Stephenson County for the program year 2021.
Request for Proposals: WIOA One-Stop Operator and Title 1-B Career Services for Adult & Dislocated Workers
The Workforce Connection (TWC), the region’s local workforce board, is seeking proposals from organizations or a consortium of entities to provide One-Stop Operator Services and WIOA Title I Career Services for Adults and Dislocated Workers.
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!”
Tomas was able to enroll and work with his Career Planner to attend CDL training at no cost to him. He completed his training through 160 Driving Academy and passed his CDL test to obtain his CDL license. After earning his license, Tomas was hired full time at Rail Transport in Rockford as a driver.
Rorie came to The Workforce Connection looking for a truck-driving job and a local route, which can be tough to find! But The Workforce Connection had the right employer looking for staff. Rorie interviewed and it turned out to be a perfect fit for both parties. Rorie stated that “This program is great and filled with amazing people! With this program, finding employment is a breeze!”
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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.