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Thank you for a successful 2017 GP CareerSpark!

Download a copy of the 2017 GP CareerSpark student booklet

Learn more about the industry clusters and career pathways represented at the expo.

Explore.  Experience.  Inspire.

Exposing Greater Peoria students to their future careers.

Join the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council for the first 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 3,000 students in the 16 national career pathways. The expo, led largely by regional employers, will showcase different career fields in our top industry clusters, including manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, agribusiness, IT, and more.

Why Attend the Expo?

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Explore Careers

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.

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Hands-on Experience

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.

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Sparking Inspiration

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.

Register your school!


Fill out this form and email it to Kate Cundiff at kcundiff@greaterpeoriaedc.org.

Want to Know More? Read the FAQs


Read the GP Career Spark Expo Frequently Asked Questions

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

Thank you, 2017 GP CareerSpark Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

Illinois Manufacturing Association Logo
Illinois Manufacturing Association
Illinois Department Of Employment Security
Illinois Department of Employment Security

Diamond Sponsors

PNC
PNC

Platinum Sponsors

Caterpillar
Caterpillar
UnityPoint Hospital
UnityPoint Hospital

Gold Sponsors

CEFCU
CEFCU
Excel Foundry & Machine
Excel Foundry & Machine
DCEO Logo

Silver Sponsors

Regional Office Of Education (ROE) Beth Derry
Regional Office of Education (ROE) Beth Derry
OSF Healthcare
OSF Healthcare
Busey Bank
Busey Bank
Heartland Bank & Trust
Heartland Bank & Trust

Bronze Sponsors

Pekin Insurance
Pekin Insurance
Commerce Bank
Commerce Bank

Be the Spark! Become a Sponsor


For sponsorship information and to apply, download and complete this form. Then email it to Kate Cundiff at kcundiff@greaterpeoriaedc.org.

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