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PENCIL Partners

PENCIL Partners are businesses, universities, community organizations, professional associations, faith communities, government departments, and other groups and individuals who agree to partner with Metro Nashville Public Schools. Partners invest time, treasure, and talent in Metro schools to address the lack of equitable access to resources.

Each partnership is unique and designed to serve the individual needs of the school and the partner.

How PENCIL Partners Support Students

Providing Access to Career Pathways

Many PENCIL Partners directly help students explore career pathways through their connections with the Academies of Nashville (AON). The AON are high school Career Academies that strengthen student skills in workforce-specific focus areas, such as arts, engineering, hospitality, information technology, and healthcare, and are a major part of the Metro Nashville high school experience.

PENCIL’s goal is to match industry partners to the appropriate school or Academy, help the partner plan a set of activities and student engagements for the year, and then nurture that partnership so that students gain meaningful career exposure and make valuable real-world connections.

Brandi Coates, Frist Art Museum Education Coordinator and PENCIL Emerging Leaders Board Member

PENCIL has provided many opportunities for students through career explorations and also creative opportunities to express themselves and succeed academically. I am a product of that success through Academies at Antioch High School.”