New director for Workforce Investment Board

9/6/2017, 3:41 p.m.

A lifelong resident of Joliet, Caroline Portlock said she looks forward to helping local business grow in her new role as director of the Will County Workforce Investment Board assuming the position former director Pat Fera held for nearly 17 years.

“I am proud to join the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and lend some of my experience to keep Will County at the forefront,” Portlock said.

Will County Executive Larry Walsh, who oversees the WIB, said Portlock is a great addition to this program.

“Caroline has a long history in workforce development and a great knowledge of Will County,” Walsh said.

Portlock’s history in workforce and business development comes from her previous roles as Director of Workforce Development with Joliet Junior College and President and CEO of the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce where she was responsible for many similar duties.

“The primary role of the WIB is to use federal dollars to help people who are unemployed or underemployed in our county,” she said.

Portlock said in her experience that the main trend in today’s job market has been the increased frequency in which people change jobs or even careers.