OCL student leads to serve others

January 28, 2017
Buck Robertson’s leadership skills helped him excel as a Marine, and now serve him well in his work with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in West Bend, Wisconsin.

 

Over the course of his career, service and leadership have been common threads for Buck Robertson, a Deputy Sheriff Sergeant with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

At age 17, Robertson enlisted in the United States Marine Corps*, where he eventually became a Sergeant and served during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. During his service, he mentored Marines to ensure the effectiveness of the platoon. He also assessed training needs and analyzed violations of the organizational code of conduct.

“At first, I wanted to take class in-person, but I’ve found that online courses are a more positive, flexible option since I work full-time and have two stepsons and a daughter,” Robertson said.

After Robertson completed his military service in 2002, he embarked upon his education by earning his Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice/Police Science from Waukesha County Technical College. During this time, he applied his skills in leadership and mentoring to serving as a Youth Counselor for the Oconomowoc Developmental Training Center, where he provided support to children and adolescents with neurological, emotional, and developmental disabilities. The support included assistance with daily living skills and learning activities.

Robertson began working at the Washington County Sherriff's Office in 2005, and by 2013, he finished his Bachelors of Applied Studies in Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW-OshKosh and began to look toward the next steps in his education and his career.

“At first, I wanted to take class in-person, but I’ve found that online courses are a more positive, flexible option since I work full-time and have two stepsons and a daughter,” Robertson said.

Furthermore, Robertson was looking to further his leadership skills. He had already completed a three-week leadership program, and the Organizational Change Leadership program at UW-Platteville fit his needs. “Leadership has always been interesting to me. OCL is along a similar path to an MBA, but instead of focusing on management style, OCL focuses on leadership,” Robertson said.  “The skills transfer very well to dealing with people and getting the best out of people that I lead.”

Robertson looks forward to completing his final courses—including his capstone course—by summer 2017. “UW-Platteville is a great school to work with if you are working full-time and have a family. I have taken one class every semester, and every instructor has been accommodating. They set you up to succeed.”

*In our Veterans feature, Robertson was incorrectly identified as serving with the U.S. Army. The Pioneer Connection regrets the error.

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