Rockford, Illinois

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Rock Valley College - Dislocated Worker Program (DWP)

Services are designed to meet the workforce needs of area businesses and get workers back to work as quickly as possible.

Serving the following Counties: Boone, Stephenson, and Winnebago


DWP assists employers by:

  • Customizing training programs to meet industry needs
  • On-the-Job training (OJT) - An incentive program to employers
    • Receive up 50% of the employee wages as reimbursement for training
    • The training can last up to 6 months (depending on the technical level of the job and the skills of the employee)
    • Reimbursement can be received for up to 40 hours per week
    • Employee may not start employment prior to the finalization of the On-the-Job agreement
      • Please call the Workforce Connection Business Services team at 815-395-6619 or 815-395-6645 to learn more about our services or to inquire further about the OJT program  


DWP assists unemployed workers in overcoming such barriers as:

  • Difficulty transferring skills to other occupations
  • A decline in the market demand for certain skills
  • Age or length of work experience
  • Need for formal training or education
  • Lack of jobs with earnings at a level comparable to their previous positions


By providing services such as:

  • Career planning and counseling
  • Job search skills and job referral
  • Occupational training or On-the-Job training (OJT)
  • Other supportive services