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PENCIL Friday News Wrap

09.12.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   PENCIL News

Every day, PENCIL reads about the new trends, latest developments, and biggest shifts in education and school-business collaboration. The Friday News Wrap shares what we’ve learned with our network. Here are some of the most important columns, op-eds, and developments that we …

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09.03.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   Partnership Spotlights, PENCIL News

As New York City public schools open their doors this week, the focus is on making sure students master the skills needed to graduate ready for college and a career.

Joanna Cannon - PENCIL COO

08.28.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   PENCIL News, Press Releases

Former NYCDOE Official to Lead Internal Operations and Help Shape Strategic Direction to Grow PENCIL’s Work to Improve New York’s Public Schools

2014 Fellow & Business Mentor

08.26.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   Fellows Spotlights, PENCIL News, Video Archive

Business Mentors like Carolyn Bateman, Meringoff Properties Vice President of Property Management, support New York City students in developing key job skills as part of six-week internships through PENCIL Fellows.

PENCIL's President stands proudly with the 2014 PENCIL Fellows

08.25.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   Event Highlights, Fellows Spotlights, PENCIL News

Traditional summer jobs may be becoming a thing of the past, but the need for high school students to be ready for college and careers is greater than ever—and it’s no secret that when students are exposed to the workplace, …

PENCIL Fellows Leeza, Justin, and Kristina

08.14.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   Fellows Spotlights, PENCIL News

A couple of days into my first week as a PENCIL Fellow, I felt like I had been at PENCIL for years—which I take as a great sign because it means that I have grown very comfortable with the team here. Who would have believed the past six weeks would fly by so fast!

Pierina Ortiz at work

08.13.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   Fellows Spotlights, PENCIL News

When you think of summer, “work” is probably not the first word that comes to mind. But over the past six weeks, the high school students in this year’s PENCIL Fellows cohort discovered that learning on the job provided the best summer break in town—a chance to build marketable skills and have fun in the process.

PENCIL Fellows Working Breakfast #2

08.08.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   Event Highlights, Fellows Spotlights, PENCIL News

How many working professionals find careers related to their college major? This was the prevailing question at the PENCIL Fellows’ second working breakfast this past Tuesday and, according to the 20 plus business volunteers from Estée Lauder, JPMorgan Chase, Verizon, MetLife, CBS News, host company Weil, Gotshal & Manges and more, the answer is, not many! PENCIL Fellows met once again to learn valuable career and life lessons, specifically to discuss how to “Plot Your Path to Success.”

Students at JPMorgan Chase Financial Literacy Workshop

08.07.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   Fellows Spotlights, PENCIL News

At the conclusion of my previous post I left off hinting at the JPMorgan Chase Financial Literacy Workshop that I recently attended. This was the first in a series of career readiness workshops that I’ve been attending this summer as part of PENCIL Fellows, a program that includes a paid internship at a leading New York City business and provides public high school juniors and seniors with opportunities to sharpen their skills for the workplace and plot their path for success.


07.30.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   Fellows Spotlights, PENCIL News

Ever since I entered high school, I’ve wanted to take control of my own future. That’s why, when my school’s internship coordinator Mr. Faughnan introduced me to PENCIL Fellows, I was determined to get in to build a strong foundation for my future.