Building Industry-education partnerships that strengthen schools and communities
The Kenan Fellows Program 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, Kenan Fellows are able to drive innovations in the classroom and beyond. The following are just some of the ways Fellows and partners are making a difference.
More than 500 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
“My internship at Eaton Corporation allowed me to examine the production of hydraulic hoses from formation to sales, and much more. At each stage of process, I was able to interview a range of employees and gained insight into the skills that workers need. As an educator, I hope to better prepare students for the transition from school to work.”Kenan Fellow Jennifer Allsbrook