As we look toward October, for our third year of Greater Peoria CareerSpark, the Greater Peoria EDC and Junior Achievement of Central Illinois would like to recognize PNC Bank as a critical supporter of this work from the beginning. As a leading sponsor of CareerSpark, PNC Bank has helped us impact the lives of over 7,000 eighth graders from more than 65 schools across Greater Peoria, helping them explore over 70 different careers, all critical to our region’s viability. From healthcare careers to manufacturing, agriculture, public safety, and more, these students were given the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of these living wage careers through the generous and committed support of PNC Bank.
Workforce is new currency of economic development and with partners like PNC Bank we are building a more robust talent development pipeline in Greater Peoria that has been recognized as a college and career readiness best practice by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2018. We’ve accomplished incredible things through Greater Peoria CareerSpark over the last three years and we couldn’t have done it without the continued support of PNC Bank to help ensure that students have free access to high-impact, career development activities to drive their post-secondary decision making. We’re looking forward to this year’s CareerSpark on October 8th and 9th!