Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance

The Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance (formerly the Boone and Winnebago Counties Workforce Investment Board) was created by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to, in partnership with the Local Elected Officials, plan and oversee the local workforce development system.

The mission of the Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance is to create a competitive, skilled and educated workforce by providing a system for the citizens of Boone, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties to gain meaningful employment responsive to the needs of business.

The Workforce Connection, the service delivery arm of the NIWA, is a partnership of state and federally funded employment and training programs, economic development agencies 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 Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance (WIB) generally meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30am at The Workforce Connection, 303 North Main in Rockford.  Meeting notices, agendas and minutes are posted as they become available.  Click here for WIB Meeting schedule.

WIB Staff:
Darcy Bucholz
WIB Executive Director
303 N. Main
Rockford, IL 61101
815-395-6609; FAX 815-395-8548

Pamela Fettes
Regional Health Care Coordinator
303 N. Main
Rockford, IL 61101
815-395-6673 FAX 815-395-8548

Robert Jones Jr.
Business Account Manager
303 N. Main
Rockford, IL 61101
815-395-6619; Fax 815-395-8548

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

John Strandin
Public Relations Manager
303 N. Main
Rockford, IL 61101
815-395-6688; Fax 815-395-8548

Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance (WIB) By-Laws are posted on the WIB Plans & Policies page on this website.