Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance

The Workforce Connection, Inc. Board (formerly the Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance) was created by federal workforce legislation to, in partnership with the Local Elected Officials, plan and oversee the local workforce development system.

The mission of The Workforce Connection Board, is to create a competitive, skilled and educated workforce by providing a system for individuals to gain meaningful employment responsive to the needs of business.

The Workforce Connection is a partnership of state and federally funded employment and training programs and educational entities committed to providing a workforce that meets the needs of our business community, now and in the future.

The One Stop Centers in Rockford. Freeport and Belvidere provide one contact for employers to find workers and for job-seekers to receive training, education and employment services.

The Workforce Connection Board generally meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 8:00am at the Regional Design Center, 315 N. Main Street in Rockford.  Meeting notices, agendas and minutes are posted as they become available.  Click here for Board Meeting schedule.

Staff:
Darcy Bucholz
Executive Director
303 N. Main
Rockford, IL 61101
815-395-6609; FAX 815-966-2433

Cathy Cornelius
Board Assistant
303 N. Main
Rockford IL 61101
815-395-6638; FAX 815-966-2433

Robert Jones Jr.
Business Account Manager
303 N. Main
Rockford, IL 61101
815-395-6619; Fax 815-966-2433

Valerie Johnson
Planning and Quality Assurance Manager
303 N. Main
Rockford IL 61101
815-395-6676  FAX 815-966-2433

John Strandin
Public Information Manager
303 N. Main
Rockford, IL 61101
815-395-6688; Fax 815-966-2433

Board By-Laws are posted on the Plans & Policies page on this website.