About Us

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who we are

NCI Works is responsible for planning and coordinating the communities’ resources into a workforce development system.  This 39 member board is comprised of private sector employers as well as representatives from education, labor, and partnering public agencies from Bureau, Carroll, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Putnam and Whiteside Counties designated as Local Workforce Investment Area #4 (LWA #4.) Established under the guidance of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 this local workforce board’s goal is to provide leadership for a world class workforce system.

our mission

NCI Works' mission is to work hand-in-hand with business, service, government, education and non-profit organizations to enable workers to work and businesses to compete.

NCI Works' mission is to work hand-in-hand with business, service, government, education and non-profit organizations to enable workers to work and businesses to compete.

Purpose & Goals:

The Northwest Central Illinois Works (NCI Works) has adopted five-year priority goals that will serve as the basis for establishing and improving the one-stop delivery system in LWA #4. These goals and how they will impact the one-stop delivery system while meeting customer needs are as follows:

  1. Identify and respond to employer needs related to its workforce.
  2. Educate and train a workforce to prepare them for the globally competitive marketplace.
  3. Remove barriers to employment.
  4. Expand community awareness of workforce and economic development efforts and issues.
  5. Obtain, coordinate and maximize resources to support workforce and economic development

Membership Criteria

The NCI Works Board consists of 48 individuals representing private business or industry, education, labor and the partner agencies that support the workforce system.  Board members are nominated by leaders in their respective areas, and are appointed by the local chief elected officials (county board chairmen) or their designee.

Board member applications are reviewed by a committee of current board members and recommended nominees are forwarded to the Local Elected Officials of each county.  Nominees are recommended based upon available board positions.  Those positions are based upon two key factors:

  • required public sector representation, and
  • private sector labor market categories, such as manufacturing, and wholesale/retail sales, among others

If you are interested in serving workforce and economic development in Bureau, Carroll, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Putnam and Whiteside counties, please print the Appointment/Reappointment Form and mail (3691 Cougar Drive - Unit B • Peru, IL 61354) or fax (815-224-7933) the completed form to us.

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