Agreement links Rockford high school with criminal justice program

May 1, 2014
Crime Scene Investigation

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has signed an agreement with Jefferson High School in Rockford, Ill., to offer a series of crime scene investigation and criminal justice classes. The classes will be offered in cohorts at the high school, starting with juniors who will then continue as seniors. Three courses will be offered and students will have the opportunity to take one or all of them. For each course that is passed with a C or better, students will receive advanced standing if they eventually enroll at UW-Platteville. The credits will not transfer elsewhere.

“The courses will be our curriculum, designed by us and managed by us so that it is equivalent to what we do here,” said Dr. Mike Dalecki, interim chair of the UW-Platteville Criminal Justice Department.

In addition to earning advanced standing, the students will also be earning high school credits during their junior and senior years. The program is anticipated to begin being offered this fall.

“The intent is that, assuming we can make this work, the next step would be to do it in Wisconsin,” said Dalecki. “Not only to follow the Rockford model where we not only have people teaching in the class if we can, but also develop a distance learning model where we can pull students from various schools together into one site.”

The students who choose to pursue this opportunity will enroll in a couple of crime scene investigation classes as well as an Intro to Criminal Justice class. “They are going to learn the basics of crime scenes, the basics of policing and the criminal justice system,” said Dalecki. “The Intro to Criminal Justice course will give them a broad exposure to a variety of criminal justice career options, ranging from policing to criminalistics to corrections, probation and parole, private security, a number of possible career options.”

“We want them to be able to pivot in whatever direction makes sense to them,” added Dalecki. “The program allows them to either do a forensic investigation approach or a criminal justice approach or any other career path.”

Contact: Dr. Mike Dalecki, interim chair, criminal justice department, (608) 342-1807,
Written by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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