The Pioneer Post

The Pioneer Post is a resource by University of Wisconsin-Platteville to provide online students with tips and information about distance education.

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Scott Brown

Lottery career in the cards for BSCJ student

Scott Brown and lady luck are fairly close. He’s one of only two lottery investigators for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and after a few starts and stops, is just a statistics course away from earning his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. “It was always eating at me that I didn’t finish,” Scott says. Read more...

Tom Gunderson

Graduate receives Honorary Lifetime Pioneer Award

Tom Gunderson returned 20 years later to complete his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice Read more...

Alicia Paske

Internship provides real-life career preparation

When Alicia Paske decided to do a 320-hour internship as part of her BSCJ degree, she had no idea she would gain so much hands-on experience. Her first day with the Columbia County, Wisconsin, Sheriff’s Office started with an autopsy and a death investigation. Read more...

Scott Knapp

Credentials offer competitive advantage

Scott Knapp values the competitive edge distance education offers to those who are already established in their careers Read more...

Kalyn Williams

New BSCJ advisor joins the DLC

New BSCJ advisor Kalyn Williams feels right at home with distance education—she’s not only advised distance education students, she earned her master’s degree in education online from Capella University. “I work well with distance students, because I have had a glimpse of what it feels like to balance work, school, and family—it’s tough!” she said. Read more...

Julie Hewitt

New coordinator joins the Distance Education Leadership program

Julie Kimbler has joined the Distance Learning Center as the Coordinator of the Master of Science in Distance Education Leadership (DEL) program. The program is designed for professionals working within distance/online higher education administration, policy analysis, and academics. Julie will manage all aspects of the program. Additionally, she’ll lead research, assessment, and faculty development efforts within distance education at UW-Platteville. Read more...

Eric Severson

Diverse interests an asset in law enforcement

Eric Severson has worked in law enforcement for almost thirty years, but that wasn’t his original plan. Read more...

Tracy Smith

Making the move to a real career

Tracy Smith earned her business administration degree and now works with UPS Read more...

Michelle Laucke

Power plant job leads to new career

Some people know at an early age what they want to do when they grow up. Others, like Michelle Laucke, want to try everything and find their way through process of elimination. She changed her major every semester before earning a bachelor ’s degree in social science and psychology. Ultimately, “It took working at a power plant to find my niche,” Michelle said. Read more...

It takes an education

Raised in Southwest Nigeria, West Africa, Olatunde Olatona understands that access to education is a challenge for many, especially in developing countries. He left his family at age 11 to advance his education, and after years of hard work, self-motivation, diligence, and a government scholarship, earned a bachelor ’s degree in mechanical engineering with high honors from the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. Read more...


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