Criminal Justice Career Day to draw 400 students

February 27, 2015
2014 Criminal Justice Career Day
2014 Criminal Justice Career Day

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Up to 400 students and 60 tri-state agencies are expected to attend the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s 42nd annual Criminal Justice Career Day on Tuesday, March 10, in Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Criminal Justice Career Day, sponsored by the UW-Platteville Criminal Justice Association, is an annual event open to all UW-Platteville students and faculty who are looking for career opportunities or contacts with hiring agencies in the criminal justice and forensic investigation fields. High school students are also invited to attend so they can learn more about different career opportunities.

Representatives from local, state and federal levels of criminal justice agencies will be present to provide expertise and recruitment in their respective fields. Some of the larger agencies include the Wisconsin State Patrol, Illinois State Police District 16, the United States Marshals Service and the Federal Correctional Institution at Oxford.

Tuesday’s guest speakers will include Officers Jackie Pawlak, Emily Wyman and Matthew Gorney from the Milwaukee County House of Corrections in Franklin, Wis., who will give a K-9 demonstration with their dogs, Usher and Conner, in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery at noon.

To kick off the career day, on Monday, March 9, guest speaker Officer Eugene Woehrle, a community outreach – mental health officer from the City of Madison Police Department in Madison, Wis., will speak and Officers Jermie Gainer, Jason Laird and James Ulrich from the Milwaukee County House of Corrections will give a K-9 demonstration with their dogs, Poseiden and Hawk, in the Platteville East and Platteville West Rooms, Markee Pioneer Student Center, from 6-8 p.m.

“Our annual Criminal Justice Career Day provides a unique opportunity for both students and potential employers to connect with one another,” said Dr. Michael Dalecki, interim chair of the department of criminal justice at UW-Platteville. “Unlike other events, this is entirely criminal justice-related, including agencies in law enforcement, corrections and other related career fields. Attending the career day can give students a huge advantage in finding the right match between their interests and employment opportunities.”

Clayton Ottman, a sophomore criminal justice major from Sheboygan Falls, Wis., and Eric Smorstad, a sophomore criminal justice major from Decorah, Iowa, both members of UW-Platteville’s Criminal Justice Association, helped organize the event.

“The executive board members of CJA have put a lot of time and effort into the career day and we hope that students get the best out of all the potential possibilities,” said Ottman. “Not only will students have the opportunity to meet their potential employers, they will also gain insight into community policing and corrections from the speakers.”

The Criminal Justice Career Day is free for UW-Platteville students as well as agencies. Agencies who would like to register for the career day should email Students will need to show their student IDs.

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The Criminal Justice Career Day aligns with three of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect and enriching the tri-state region. 

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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