Business Partnerships

Building Industry-education partnerships that strengthen schools and communities

The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership (KFP) at NC State connects outstanding educators with mentors in local industry and business settings, creating opportunities that build meaningful relationships. Kenan Fellows develop a deeper understanding of local industries, their workforce needs, and how they can make relevant connections for students.

Through strategic partnerships with local businesses and industries, educators in the Kenan Fellows Network are able to drive innovations in the classroom and beyond. These are just some of the ways Fellows and partners are making a difference.

493 Fellows over 20 years

Capstone projects include STEM and other project-based learning curricula, community engagement initiatives, STEM outreach, professional development for schools and business partners. Alumni serve in senior-level leadership positions in schools, nonprofits, and higher education across the state and nation.

Industry and foundation partners invest in Kenan Fellows because:

  • NC ranks 23rd in science, engineering, and tech employment
  • 100% high or extremely high student engagement
  • in KFP lessons reported
  • Alumni deliver 45 hours of professional development per year on average

“I am incredibly thankful for this experience. To be able to apply the skills that I have as an educator in a different setting gave me the confidence to create a product that will not only impact a local company, but also my teaching practices inside of the classroom.”

GSK Kenan STEM Fellow Caroline Olson, a high school special education teacher, helped her mentor company, Cornerstone Building Brands, create a disability employment program.

Support a Teacher Fellowship

Sponsor one or more teacher fellowships. Recognition includes the donor’s logo on our website, press release announcing your Fellow; highlights in social media and online campaigns, e-newsletters, and print brochures. Partners are invited to the Fellows’ Showcase (fall) and Graduation Celebration (spring).

Mentor a Fellow

Serve as a mentor to a Kenan Fellow who would spend three to five weeks interning in your business over the summer to learn about skills and career opportunities that they can take back to their students and school districts.