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Investing in tomorrow’s workforce strengthens our students and your company’s future.

GP Pathways is Greater Peoria’s portal to connect you with the workforce of tomorrow.

What is Greater Peoria Works?

Greater Peoria Works is an online database available to our region’s middle and high schools, connecting them to local companies and career-development opportunities like internships, job shadows, and more. Greater Peoria Works connects to a career exploration platform called Career Cruising that helps students begin to identify their careers of best fit. Career Cruising is provided to our region at no cost through funding from PERFECT, the Tazewell Area Education for Employment office, and CIVEC.

Employers can now use Greater Peoria Works to connect with Peoria Public Schools students and educators, offering internships, job shadow opportunities, and more.

Become a Greater Peoria Works Partner

Become a Greater Peoria Works Partner and interact with area students & educators engaged in career exploration.

As an employer, here are the steps to take

  1. careercruisingRegister a Greater Peoria Works account – Click here for a registration how-to
  2. Login and create your company profile highlight your industry, company, and expectations as an employer – Click here for a profile configuration how-to
  3. Then list any career development opportunities like internships, job shadows, and more

Register today → Login →

 Interact with tomorrow’s workforce in and out of the classroom

interactYour company profile will then be visible for Peoria Public Schools students to find as they search and explore Career Cruising.

Students can open discussion threads with you to ask questions and gain more information. Discussion threads are then visible for other students to read so they may learn more. They can also contact you to inquire about openings, work experience opportunities, events, and more.

Your profile will also allow educators to connect with you about visiting their classrooms or bringing their classroom to your workplace.

The benefit is that students and educators can easily discover you and reach out, and you can play a significant role in the development of your future talent.

Develop Secure Software Talent through the CICESS

Offer apprenticeships to ICC’s Secure Software Program students and close your talent & security gaps.

0The Central Illinois Center for Excellence in Secure Software (CICESS) is an apprenticeship program that was developed by local employers in partnership with Illinois Central College. This program is designed to decrease the skills gap associated with secure software development professionals in our region.

How does the program work?

The apprenticeship program combines on-the-job training and related classroom instruction under the supervision of a trade professional, helping an individual learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation.

Interested in participating?

If you are a business or organization interested in participating in CICESS, please email Kate Cundiff, Director of Workforce Solutions for the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council.

Download the CICESS brochure →

You can make a personal difference in the classroom. Volunteer with Junior Achievement.

junior-achievementJunior Achievement’s volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential.

Junior Achievement’s programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.

Why Volunteer with Junior Achievement?

A want versus a need. How to balance a checkbook. Don’t you wish that someone had taught you those things as you were growing up?

Now there is someone—you! All we need is your enthusiasm, life experience, and a willingness to teach children about how you took chances and shot for the stars. Junior Achievement provides the training, curriculum, and a classroom ready to meet you.

Sign up today →

Get in Touch


To register or find out more on how you can help us build a sustainable talent pipeline for Greater Peoria, please contact Brent Baker

Brent Baker
Peoria Pathways to Prosperity Coordinator

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