PENCIL and its Board of Directors are committed to supporting public education WITHin our community and across the nation. We have an obligation to share the success of the work we do in Nashville And we know we will continue to improve our work by teaching others.

PENCIL offers consulting services to communities across the nation that are interested in building a network of strong partnerships within their school district. 


PENCIL's consulting services offer a variety of experiences, which include: 

  • Learn how PENCIL recruits, trains and retains Partners that align with local school needs
  • How to build Powerful Partnerships: The PENCIL Partner Continuum 
  • Observe authentic Partnerships in action: Shadow a PENCIL Partner Manager
  • Customized digital training that fits your organization's needs

For more information, contact Bob Kucher, Vice President of Programs and Partnerships


National Career Academy Coalition - NCAC 21st Annual Conference

PENCIL presented on Building Strong Business and Community Partnerships at NCAC’s 21st Annual Conference in November of 2017. Participants learned how to successfully onboard a business or community partner from intake to placement.

Utilizing the PENCIL Partner life cycle model, participants discovered how to build and nurture sustainable partnerships. PENCIL Partnership core competencies provided insight on how to define, recruit, and retain partners. 

“I gained a tremendous amount of information from PENCIL’s pre-session. Actually, I found it to be invaluable. I can’t thank PENCIL enough for being so willing to share and communicate their structure, ideas, and advice.”



Lexington, KY - Fayette County Public Schools & Commerce Lexington


Members from Fayette County Public Schools and Commerce Lexington visited PENCIL for an all-day training session. Clients began the day with a PENCIL 101 session, which covered topics such as building powerful partnerships (recruit, intake, and onboard) and the PENCIL partnership continuum (engage, facilitate, measure, celebrate).

During this time clients were able to ask questions and engage in their own learning process. Following this session, the group visited with an Academy Coach and shadowed an authentic partnership meeting.

"I truly enjoyed the in-person meetings with potential business partners. It was a great experience to see the conversations happen live and in person."

-Anonymous Member of Lexington Team


Akron, OH - Akron Public Schools and the United Way of Summit County

Members from Akron Public Schools and the United Way of Summit County visited PENCIL from Akron, OH.

Similarly, clients began the day with a PENCIL 101 session, visited with an Academy Coach and later observed an authentic partnership meeting.

"I loved seeing actual meetings and job shadowing Bob! The community investment tracking tool was great and I cannot wait to learn more."

-Anonymous Member of the Akron Team

Bartow, FL - Polk Vision

Members from the Polk County School System along with community leaders attended a PENCIL Lunch and Learn organized by Polk Vision.

Building powerful business partnerships was the forefront of the presentation.

"The real time scenarios and outcomes heightened the awareness of what is possible and permitted participants to create a new innovative paradigm about industry partnerships with education, schools, and community."

-Anonymous Member of the Polk Vision team