The first Greater Peoria CareerSpark event took place Oct. 24 at the Peoria Civic Center. The East Peoria Fire Department was one of the 43 employers that participated to show some of the many Peoria-area eighth-graders what their job is like. A total of 44 schools from a five-county region around Peoria committed to sending eighth-graders to the first CareerSpark event, which was devised based on an employment survey of the top 43 employers in the region conducted by the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, according to a story in the Journal Star.