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Resources for Educators

“Participation is easy. Impact is life-changing.”

For you, the educator, our team provides enrichment materials and opportunities to be shared with your students. CareerSpark is an opportunity for students to explore new and exciting careers in our region’s most in-demand fields. Upon registration, you will access a wealth of resources to guide your students through their successful journey.

School Registration

To learn more about school participation in CareerSpark, please email Angie Houck at

JA Inspire

JA Inspire is more than a career fair! It brings together the business community and local schools and is designed to help launch middle school students into their futures: high school, college, and careers beyond.

When you sign up, you will receive an educator toolkit as a part of the JA Inspire program content, which includes a career assessment tool and activity sheets!

Fulfilling the PaCE Curriculum

According to the Illinois PaCE Postsecondary and Career Expectations, 8th grade students should complete a career cluster survey, attend a career exploration day, and should know the concept of career clusters of interest. CareerSpark and JA Inspire fulfill these objectives at no cost to your school! This experience provides a simple, effective way for you to  meet the specific PaCE Career Expectations under Career Exploration and Development,  

One of the best parts of CareerSpark-JA Inspire is that students get to learn about local careers right in their backyard that they may not even have heard about from people who actually work in those fields! Hundreds of local volunteers from the Greater Peoria region collaborate every year to help our 8th graders explore a wide range of careers organized by career clusters.

Local evaluation has demonstrated annually that approximately 50% of 8th graders report they are considering careers they had not previously thought of before participating in CareersSpark-JA Inspire. This significant outcome has been demonstrated for the entire past four years of this local initiative. That’s thousands of young people whose future may be different because of this experience!

Past Participant Testimonials

Here’s what a few of our educators have said about this experience: 

  • The students were excited and found the platform very easy to use. They really enjoyed the videos and interactive games, as well. Thank you so much for putting this all together.
  • I liked that students had the opportunity to return to the program whenever it was convenient for them, over a period of months.
  • I liked the wealth of information you provided for students and how you personalized it to the Peoria area.
  • I liked how different fields were highlighted each week. It helped to keep my student focused and kept them from getting overwhelmed.

Interactive Calendar

Be on the lookout for updated dates and times regarding all things CareerSpark.

Get in Touch

To get help with registration or find out more on how you can be involved with CareerSpark 2021, please contact Kari Rauh.

Kari Rauh
GPEDC Director of Workforce Solutions

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