October 23 & 24, 2018 • Peoria Civic Center
Explore. Experience. Inspire.
Exposing Greater Peoria students to their future careers.
Join the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council and Junior Achievement for the 2nd annual GP Career Spark — an interactive, multi-industry career expo open to all 8th grade students in our region. Through hands-on exhibits, this event helps spark students’ interest in the exciting careers available in Greater Peoria.
This career expo is designed to spark the interest of students in the 16 national career pathways. The expo, led largely by regional employers, showcases different career fields in our top industry clusters, including manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, agribusiness, IT, and more.
Why Attend the Expo?
We want to spark students’ curiosity at an early age about career opportunities they may want to pursue, which will set them on the right track for future success. After the expo, they will have a better understanding of the high school and post-secondary courses they need to take to get into a career field of their choice.
Imagine the experience of an 8th grader who walks into the expo with only abstract notions of future career options and walks out physically and intellectually activated, with real insights on what industries interest them.
By integrating hands-on and interactive learning experiences at the expo, the students will understand the real-life day-to-day work required of the various careers.
The ultimate goal of this event is to empower and inspire 8th grade students to pursue critically needed careers and own their future success. Research has shown students eliminate certain careers from their future during middle school.
By targeting the 8th grade students, we hope they start thinking about the career opportunities that they may want to pursue at an early age, which will set them on the right track for future success. After the expo, they will have a better understanding of the high school and post-secondary courses they need to take to get into a career field of their choice.
Who Will Be There?
Industries Represented at the Expo
- Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics
- Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
- Architecture, Engineering and Construction
- Business and Finance
- Government, Law and Public Safety
- Health and Life Sciences
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Arts, Technology, and Communication