When Peter M. Johnson (B.S. ’72) and Paula Green Johnson (B.S. ’72) launched the Peter M. and Paula Green Johnson Career Center at the University of Wyoming College of Business, they were trying to solve a basic problem. That is, how to help students get jobs in the fields they’d trained for at UW. Their answer to this fundamental question is a key reason they are co-recipients of the University Medallion Service Award for 2014.
The idea for the center started in 2004, when Peter Johnson served as the first Executive in Residence at the College of Business. He had been asked to draw on his expertise as President of the Sinclair Oil Corp.’s oil division to speak to students.
“I prepared my thoughts primarily around how you succeeded in a career, not how you get a career,” he says. So, he was surprised that almost no hands were raised when he asked students how many had secured their first professional jobs. Of the few who did raise their hands, the typical explanation was that they were returning to their hometowns to work at the family business, Johnson recalls.
“If students are going to college in a program that prepares them for a specific career, like engineering, law, business, and so forth, UW has’t finished the job until they provided adequate assistance finding a job in that field,” he says.
So, in 2007, the couple donated $1 million to endow the Career Center, which assists business students with comprehensive career planning services that start at the beginning of a student's college journey.
Each semester, the Johnson Career Center collects data to report what College of Business alumni are doing post-graduation. This number is reported as our Career Outcomes Rate. The Career Outcomes Rate includes all alumni who have accepted a job offer, are continuing their education (graduate, professional or 2nd bachelor degrees), are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or are participating in a volunteer or service program. All students not included in this number have reported either still seeking employment, not seeking employment, or are looking to continue their education but are not yet enrolled.
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