Career Development Office
The Career Development Office
Provides career development services for all students
Facilitates a network of parents, business professionals, college/university educators, and community organizations
Supports students’ transition to high school
My name is Ryan Johnson. I am a School and Career Counselor at Salem Middle School. I have a special job at Salem Middle School with a blended role of School Counselor and Career Development Coordinator. I am working on the Track 4 Schedule. As a new to Salem staff member, I come with experience as a Dean of Students, Student Assistance Crisis Counselor, School Counselor at a high school for at-risk students, and Therapeutic Counselor at a hospital. I've been in Wake County for 14 of my 16 year career, both of my children are students in WCPSS and my wife works in the system too!
I am excited to meet all of our students and engage them in development across the spectrum of their personal, social, academic, and career growth. At Salem Middle School, I will be coordinating with teachers to visit classrooms. Utilizing tools such as Major Clarity and NC Careers are excellent ways to have students process information about their personality and interests and compare it against research based data. I am always trying to connect their decisions to their future.
School-to-Career (STC) is an initiative and a philosophy. It is a method of delivering curriculum to our students that links classroom knowledge to real life. Students learn better when information is made relevant, and STC ensures that relevancy occurs by linking schoolwork to workplace realities. School-to-Career links the world of school to the world of work by supporting school-based activities such as classroom speakers, mentors, soft-skills presentations, and real-world activities and by infusing these into the Common Core through collaboration between members of the business community and classroom teachers.
Salem Middle School Business Alliance is a collaboration of business, community, and school leaders committed to educating each student to be a responsible and productive citizen who can effectively manage future challenges. Through the support, dedication and commitment of our volunteers, we are able to provide a variety of opportunities to our students that help them understand the skills needed to become successful in their future.