The Workforce Connection Elevate Program

The Workforce Connection provides opportunities for  young people to access programs to complete their education, receive training, connect to a job and build a foundation for future employment success.

Programs for youth who have dropped out of school (ages 17 to 24) emphasize the importance of youth returning to school or obtaining a GED as a basic step on their road to success. Programs provide basic skills, GED instruction, tutoring, counseling, mentoring, career exploration, work experience (WEX) employment opportunities and job placement assistance. The programs also provide follow-up mentoring for at least one year after the youth exit the program.    

The goal of all programs for in-school youth ages 14-21 is to help the youth be successful in school, enabling them to graduate and continue their education/training and/or gain employment. In addition to tutoring youth in school subjects and counseling/mentoring the youth, all in-school programs provide career awareness and work readiness activities.

If you live in Boone or Winnebago Counties, call 815-921-2255 for more information.   
If you live in Stephenson County, call 815-599-1408  extension 136

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Job Corps
Job Corps is the largest residential education and training progoram in the US for disadvantaged youth between the ages of 16 and 24.  Its mission is to help disadvantaged young people become responsible, employable and productive citizens by providing them with opportunities to develop the vocational, educational and social skills to succeed.

For more information, call Bonnie Mabie, the local Job Corps representative, at 815-395-0535 or email .

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YouthBuilid is a community-based alternative education program that provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth ages 16-24. Youth learn construction skills while constructing or rehabilitating affordable housing for low-income or homeless families in their own neighborhoods. Youth split their time between the construction site and the classroom, where they earn their GED or high school diploma, learn to be community leaders, and prepare for college and other postsecondary training opportunities. YouthBuild includes significant support systems, such as a mentoring, follow-up education, employment, and personal counseling services; and participation in community service and civic engagement. There are over 220 DOL funded YouthBuild programs in 43 states, including the Rockford area.

For more information, contact YouthBuild Rockford
email phone- 815-963-6236.

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