Participant Success Stories

Participant Success Stories

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden – Employer Success Story

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden – Employer Success Story

The Workforce Connection works with youth and business partners and connects individuals to opportunities to expose youth to careers and fill business needs. The elevate Youth program recently connected a youth participant, Jessica, to a great opportunity. Alexander Mills, Executive Director of Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden shared her delight with us.

Participant Success Story: Sandrine

Participant Success Story: Sandrine

Sandrine is enrolled in The Workforce Connection Adult program and needed a refresher on her interview skills. Her Career Planner, Alex, recommended that she attend #Ready, a one-day, four hour employment readiness workshop offered by The Workforce Connection. The program provides a refresher on soft skills, how to talk to an employer, and essential customer service skills.

Employer Success Story: Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful

Employer Success Story: Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful

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.

Participant Success Story: Savhanna

Participant Success Story: Savhanna

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!”

Participant Success Story: Tomas

Participant Success Story: Tomas

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.

Success Story: Rorie

Success Story: Rorie

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. 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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