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Career Walk, Inc.
A Pennsylvania non-profit organization
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Our mission
Where our students define their future, one step at a time
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Students Need Encouragement Advocacy Knowedge Empathy Realism
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Where students define their future, one step at a time

Our Participants

Student's Experience with Career Walk Program
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For Students

  Higher self-esteem

  Improved oral and written communication skills

  Improved academic performance

  A concrete career plan

  A strong work ethic

  Learning skills to become an effective leader and team player

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For Parents / Guardians

  More motivated 

  More focused academically

  More confident

  Higher self-esteem

  Improved oral and communication skills

  Clear understandings of work ethic and teamwork

  A concrete career plan before graduation

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Parent's Expectations and Concerns
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For Schools

Great PR 

Satisfies Article 339 Legislation

Less discipline referrals

More focused student population

Enhanced Career Development Program

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For Businesses

Excellent PR through newspaper articles, social media pages, and television coverage.

Student participants could be potential employees.

A great screening tool.

Making a difference in the lives of our young people.

Open House Events

Job Fairs / Career Fairs

Job Observations/ Internships

Career Videos 

Field trips

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Our Proven Track Record

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Food For Thought Teacher Grant Recipient
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The Food for Thought Education Fund
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Visual Learning Grant Recipient
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Polaroid Education Program
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Bright Ideas Grant Recipient
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Wake Electricity
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Best Practice
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North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
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Most Outstanding Work Based Program
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The Governor's Commission on Workforce Preparedness
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Recognized 4 consecutive years at North Carolina CTE Summer Conference
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North Carolina CTE
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Nov. 2, 2020 by Curio412

The Strength of Partnerships
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As a young nonprofit, Career Walk's dedicated partnership with Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School has kept them moving forward.

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Feb. 25, 2021 by Justin Zackal

SRU graduate helping at-risk youths take career steps
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Shirley, a 1995 SRU graduate with a master's degree in secondary guidance and counseling, led successful school-to-career programs in North Carolina before returning to his native western Pennsylvania where he is launching Career Walk.

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What Educators Are Saying

"I have known Doug Shirley for many years having worked closely with him as a Career Development Coordinator. His creative approach to the area of career development is one that keeps abreast of the latest technologies, and at-risk student needs providing them with informative information that guides them to seriously ponder their future options when it comes to educational and career goals."
Robert W.
Career Developmemt Coordinator
Wake County Public Schools
"In the 20 years that I have known Doug Shirley, I have never met any individual with a greater passion to serve and assist students with their career pursuits and growth. He truly has created a unique and powerful career development program that will transform students' lives positively, especially those considered at-risk. Your students will benefit greatly by participating in the Walk the Walk© program."
Jerry S.
Center for advanced Studies Coordinator
Brunswick Community College / Brunswick County Schools, NC
"Walk the Walk© is a wonderful career program that provides necessary hands on training to help students succeed in future careers. Doug introduced this program at my school and it made an immediate impact on my students. Any school system would benefit greatly from participation."
Ricky B.
CTE Instructor (Automotive)
Wake County Public Schools
"Doug Shirley's work with at risk students is innovative and straightforward. There is a "common sense" pragmatism that he ties to unabashed idealism with the thought that "you CAN make a difference in the lives of young people." Doug Shirley's dedication to these core principles throughout his career drives him to want to see all students be successful in their whole life. This comes with the understanding that meaningful career choices are a tremendous aid to lifetime success."
Chris S.
CTE Instructor (Agriculture)
Wayne County Public Schools

Meet Our Board

Upcoming Event

6:00 – 7:30 pm
 October 20th, 2021


Career Cruise

High School Juniors, Seniors, and parents will be invited to attend a career exploration event.

Participants will get an opportunity to view all of the departments at Mike Kelly Automotive including:
Sales, Service, Parts, Body Shop, Reconditioning, Calling Center, and Accounting.

Tour guides will direct the participants to their department(s) of interest which may lead to a job opportunity. Each Department will provide a short presentation on the job description, starting salary,  skills necessary for job success and will answer questions. The night will end with a raffle. Career Walk and Mike Kelly Automotive will sponsor this event.

  1. Call us 724 – 355 – 8756
  2. Email us 
  3. Fill in the form


How can you help to guide others for this program? There are many opportunities you can enroll. As a volunteer, you can take part in events like the open house.


How can you support our mission? Make contributions! Each amount is a great appreciation for our goals. These amounts help us to reach our mission closer to the summit while encouraging students to keep climbing.