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Challenges of Schools

  • The ASCA recommends a student/counselor ratio of 250:1. In reality, the ratio is 424:1
  • 30% of freshmen drop out of college
  • 40% of remaining students “flip flop” their major 3 times

Walk the Walk© is a complete and personalized 4-year career exploration program, open to the entire student body, that paves the path forward by walking a student through career exploration with Holland Score assessment data returns, online career matching tools, resume and portfolio building, completes in grade 11 or 12 with continued education matching and an aggressive integrated Dropout Prevention Module. 

Walk the Walk not only engages students early in career awareness and aptitude screenings but also adds tutorials in supporting subjects and links to state and federal sites for funding and career outlooks.

Our Programs Offers

Career Readiness

Career Trainings

Job Explorations

Opportunities for School

Opportunities for School

Career Readiness

  • Resume Writing
  • Mock Interviews
  • Career Assessments
  • Career Portfolios

Career Trainings

  • Job Observations
  • Internships

Job Explorations

  • Field Trips
  • Job / Career Fair

Opportunities for School

  • Staff Development Presentations
  • Tracking Your Students after Graduation


  • Web Portal Training
  • Financial Aid Workshops

Other Benefits

Benefits to schools

  • Administration updates and school board presentations showcasing results
  • Satisfies Article 339 Legislation
  • Release counselors’ workload

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Web Portal Comprehensive Technique

Generated career assessment data (for a 4-year plan) and data for tracking workplace & continued education

  • career assessment
  • career tracking

Dropout Prevention Program

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Extensions tie to the classroom

Walk the walk provides opportunities to tie into classroom content, let students explore their career interests ie: music department, business, marketing groups, resume writing.

  • Job observations
  • Internship
  • Shoe Peddle Marketing Club
  • Video of work based experience

Career Visits

Students visit the positions based on their interests.

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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


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.