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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 CareerSpark — 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.

Empower and inspire Greater Peoria students to own their future success.

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.

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, 2018 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

ROE 48 Logo
Peoria County ROE
illiniCare
illiniCare
Bayer
Bayer

Gold Sponsors

OSF Healthcare Logo
OSF Healthcare
CEFCU
CEFCU
UnityPoint Health Logo
UnityPoint Healthcare

Silver Sponsors

Northern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University
Busey Bank
Busey Bank
Heartland Bank & Trust
Heartland Bank & Trust
Illinois Department Of Commerce And Economic Opportunity
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Bronze Sponsors

Pekin Insurance
Pekin Insurance
Tazewell/Mason/Woodford ROE
Tazewell/Mason/Woodford ROE
Vonachen Services
Vonachen Services
RLI Corporation
RLI Corporation
Commerce Bank
Commerce Bank
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