Industry Site Tours give students a sense of the workplace, and a better understanding of the typical work day. We organize student groups who will benefit most by visiting each organization.
Students appreciate when guest speakers bring real-world challenges and issues to the classroom. We schedule our guests to co-present with a teacher or as part of a similar group of industry representatives for a rewarding experience for all.
Since 1995, PENCIL has built and supported customized, long-term relationships between business volunteers and public school principals to inspire innovation and improve student achievement. Each partner must attend at least three planning meetings during the year and have the ability to commit to a long-term project.
Career days allow students to learn about many industries and possible career paths. Students are able to talk with various participants, learn more about possible career paths, and better understand the kinds of higher education degrees and certifications needed to reach their career goals.
Our signature events are designed to prepare young people for post-secondary success, understand workplace expectations and build 21st century skills. Signature events include: a College Expo; Interview Expo; Connect the Dots events to expand students’ networking skills; and an annual Speech Competition.
Projects based on industry real-world challenges give students a practical use of academic learning, and prepares them for high-skill, high-wage employment.