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Explore.  Experience.  Inspire.

Exposing Greater Peoria students to their future careers.

Join the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council and Junior Achievement of Central Illinois for the 5th annual GP CareerSpark — a virtual, interactive work and career readiness experience for 8th-grade students in our region. Spark your students’ interest in the exciting careers available in Greater Peoria through the JA Inspire curriculum and 24/7 access to this innovative career exploration platform for the Fall 2021 semester.

Within the CareerSpark platform, students will be able to interact with programmed activities and career videos showcasing our region’s most critical industry clusters and employers, including manufacturing, healthcare, innovation and technology, business and finance, and more.

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

Thanks to everyone that registered for our first ever virtual adaptation of CareerSpark in January 2021! With over 3200 students from 55 schools, CareerSpark 2020 was made possible despite the circumstances.

Below is a map showing what schools utilized the digital platform.

Why Attend the Expo?


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. With this experience, students can begin to have a better understanding of the high school and post-secondary courses they need to take to get into the career field of their choice. Through the JA Inspire curriculum, students are prepared to make the most of the CareerSpark virtual expo by undergoing a close examination of specific skills and career clusters, learning key factors to investigate career planning, and exploring job outlook to identify high growth, high demand careers.


Virtual, On-Demand Career Exploration

Beginning in October of 2021, your students will have access to explore and interact with over 80 unique careers through virtual activities, videos, and more highlighting companies right here in Greater Peoria. While CareerSpark may have moved into the virtual space, students and parents will now have on-demand access to CareerSpark for the Fall 2021 semester. This 24-hour access to career resources can help support distance and hybrid learning, as well as providing caring adults with a great tool to engage with students at home.


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, and self-efficacy can now be considered one of the major variables influencing the nature and effectiveness of career choice behaviors.

After engaging with CareerSpark, your students will be able to use the JA Inspire curriculum and tools to identify next steps to further define their academic choices and career paths. Beginning to make decisions about their future career opportunities now will help place them on the right track as they look toward high school. So, don’t wait, get your students registered below!

To learn more about GP CareerSpark and or find out how your school or company can plug in, don’t hesitate to reach out to Kari Rauh by phone or email.

Kari Rauh
Director of Workforce Solutions
(309) 495-5973

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Who Will Be There?

Industries Represented at the Expo

  • Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics
  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Architecture, Engineering and Construction
  • Arts, Technology, and Communication
  • Business and Finance
  • Education & Training
  • Government, Law and Public Safety
  • Health and Life Sciences

Thank you, 2021 GP CareerSpark Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

Diamond Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Emerald Sponsors

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