NCAC’s Business & Community Engagement Guide

NCAC’s Business & Community Engagement Guide

NCAC’s Business and Community Engagement Guide is divided into four sections. The Introduction reviews the “Why” of partnerships and the historical connection to the academy model. Following the intro the Guide is divided into three main themes: Communication, Organization and Management, and Relationship Building and Measuring Impact. Each section includes a Case Story of an Academy that demonstrates an exemplary practice of business engagement. Best of all, the Guide contains samples and templates you can edit from NCAC’s partnership with academies across the US.


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Table of Contents


Introduction to Business and Community Partnerships

  • The Rationale: The “Why” of Business Partnerships
  • Business Partnerships: Historical connection to the Academy Model
  • Research
  • Using this Guide
  • Three Fundamental Elements: Communication, Relationships, and Organization
  • Understanding Business and Community Engagement as a Continuum
  • Case Story: Taking a Risk and Unlocking the Door: The First Academy Partnership


Getting Started – Communication is Key

  • Communication
    • How to Talk About Your Academy So People Will Understand
    • Finding and Recruiting Business Partners
  • Planning Opportunities/Strategies for Partner Involvement
  • Recruitment, Finding Business Partners, Networking
  • Sample/Templates/Worksheets
    • WORKSHEET: Developing an Elevator Pitch
    • SAMPLE: Correspondence - Invitation Letters
    • SAMPLE: Academy Partnership Form
    • SAMPLE: Needs Assessment
    • SAMPLE: Descriptive Volunteer Opportunities Handout
  • Case Story: Ho’omau: Transforming a Community Through Perseverance, Persistence, and Partnerships


Organizing, Convening, and Managing the Partnership

  • Structures that Work
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • New Board Member Orientation
  • Samples/Templates/Worksheets Productive Meetings
  • SAMPLE: Roles and Responsibilities
  • TEMPLATE: Agenda for First Meeting Sample
  • SAMPLE: Agenda Content Suggestions for Four Meetings
  • TEMPLATE: Detailed Start Up or First Meeting Agenda with New Board
  • TEMPLATE: Bylaws
  • TEMPLATE: Handbook for Advisory Board Members
  • SAMPLE: Partnership Proposal
  • SAMPLE: Naming Rights Contract
  • Case Story: Central Florida Aerospace Academy Fuels Dreams and Economic Development


Building and Sustaining Strong Relationships

  • Everyone Benefits from Business Partnerships
  • Measuring Impact
  • Appreciating and Promoting Business Partners
  • Managing Board Dysfunction
  • SAMPLE: Communicating the Value: Return on Investment
  • SAMPLE: Correspondence – Thank You Letters
  • SAMPLE: What to Include When Measuring Impact on a Google Form
  • SAMPLE: College and Career Continuum
  • TEMPLATE: Memorandum of Understanding for Internship
  • TEMPLATE: Internship Form: Definition, Process, Reflection Paper
  • TEMPLATE: Internship Supervisor Evaluation Form
  • TEMPLATE: Internship Agreement Form
  • TEMPLATE: Internship Supervisor Verification Form
  • Case Story: Paradigm Shift: Grand Island, Nebraska Takes the Academy Model from School-Within-a-School to School-Within-a-Hospital