Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical

Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical

A member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System
Programs Of Study
Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Our Associate in Science Degree Program in CRIMINAL JUSTICE is a comprehensive program designed to prepare graduates for a career in the criminal justice profession.

Criminial Justice Est. 2009The Criminal Justice A.S. Program has three major areas of emphasis: Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections. Students entering the program will be learning the foundation, operations, and principles of the profession. Graduates of the program will be well-prepared for employment and advancement in a wide range of criminal justice careers.

The program is designed to provide a full complement of Liberal Arts and Science courses, transferable to other Minnesota State College or University (MnSCU) institutions. A direct pathway has been developed with numerous local universities to transfer the Southeast Technical College Criminal Justice Degree into a 4-year Bachelor's Degree Program. For those students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, a transfer agreement is established with Alexandria Technical College.

A unique characteristic of Southeast Technical College's Criminal Justice Program is that 100% of the faculty have experience in the criminal justice profession, totaling over 150 years of experience. Additionally, all faculty have post-graduate degrees. This combination of expertise in the profession coupled with commitment to higher education is a testimony to the depth and knowledge of Southeast Technical College's Criminal Justice Program.

Major Offerings


Major Title (Degree) Campus(es) Credits
Criminal Justice (AS) RW/W 60 cr

 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand how the criminal justice system works and how public opinion influences policies for responding to crime
  2. Understand the numerous components of criminal justice system
  3. Understand the causation of friction between community and police such as political influence, corruption, policy/law discretion, and discriminatory acts
  4. Understand the sociological, psychological and biological perspectives on the causation of crime and criminal behavior
  5. Understand hiring practices, training evolutions, subcultures, attitudes and orientation of criminal justice professionals

Instructors

Greg Cady

Email Address: gcady@southeastmn.edu
Phone Number: 651-385-6411
Background:
Greg Cady began teaching at Southeast Technical College as an adjunct instructor in 2004 with a fulltime tenure track position in 2007. Prior to joining the teaching team, he dedicated 18 years in various positions within the criminal justice profession. Greg is also a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Reserve with over 23 years of service.

Occupational Background:

  • Criminal Justice and Sociology Instructor: 2004-Present
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections: 1993-2007
  • California Department of Corrections: 1989-1993
  • United States Navy: 1985-1989, 1996-Present

Educational Background:

  • Master of Science Degree: Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University
  • Bachelor of Elective Studies Degree: Sociology and Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University

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Tamra Graham

Email Address: tgraham@southeastmn.edu
Phone Number: 651-385-6358
Background:
Tamra Graham began teaching at Southeast Technical College in 2005. Prior to coming to Southeast Technical College, she worked in the private and public sectors of the legal system.

Occupational Background:

  • Criminal Justice, Social Science, and Humanities Instructor: 2005- Present
  • Red Wing Community Education Instructor: 2005-2012
  • Goodhue County Family Court Services Custody Evaluator: 2004-2010
  • Strobel & Hanson, PA, Attorney: 2002-2004
  • State of MN First Judicial District Judicial Law Clerk: 2001-2002
  • MN State Bar Association Member: 2001-Present

Educational Background:

  • Juris Doctorate Degree: Law, William Mitchell College of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree: Music, University of Alaska – Anchorage

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Scott McNurlin

Email Address: smcnurlin@southeastmn.edu
Phone Number: 651-385-6411
Background:
Scott McNurlin began teaching at Southeast Technical College in 2009. Scott has dedicated over 32 years of service to the criminal justice profession; currently serving as Goodhue County's Sheriff. His has held numerous law enforcement positions within the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office since 1983. His years of devotion and knowledge to his profession earned him the distinction of being named Officer of the Year and Citizen of the Year in 2009.

Occupational Background:

  • Goodhue County Sheriff's Office: 1983 – Present
  • Goodhue County Sheriff: 2011 – Present
  • Criminal Justice Instructor: 2009 - Present

Educational Background:

  • Master of Arts Degree: Police Leadership, Administration and Education, University of St. Thomas
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree: Individualized Degree Plan in Criminal Justice and Psychology, Metropolitan State University
  • Associate of Science Degree: Law Enforcement, Inver Hills Community College
  • Certificate: Human Resource Management, Hamline University
  • FBI's National Academy: Quantico, VA
  • FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS)

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Angela Pedersen

Email Address: apedersen@southeastmn.edu
Phone Number: 651-385-6411
Background:
Angela Pedersen began teaching at Southeast Technical College in 2009. She has an extensive background working with at-risk youth, dedicating over 13 years at the Minnesota Correctional Facility – Red Wing (MCF-RW). She started her career in the criminal justice profession as a corrections officer with the Minnesota Department of Corrections in 2001. In 2006 she accepted a high school teaching position at the MCF – RW and currently teaches 9th-12th grade language arts.

Occupational Background:

  • Minnesota Department of Corrections, Special Teacher: 2006 - Present
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections, Corrections Officer: 2001- 2006
  • Criminal Justice Instructor: 2009 - Present

Educational Background:

  • Master of Education Degree: The College of St. Scholastica
  • Graduate Teaching Licensure Program: The College of St. Scholastica
  • Bachelor of Communication Degree: Bethany Lutheran College
  • Associate of Liberal Arts Degree: Bethany Lutheran College

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Roger D. Pohlman

Email Address: rpohlman@southeastmn.edu
Phone Number: 651-385-6411
Background:
Roger D. Pohlman began teaching at Southeast Technical College in 2015. Roger has dedicated over 28 years of service to the criminal justice profession; currently serving as the Chief of Police for the City of Red Wing, MN. His experience in law enforcement include Patrol Officer, Patrol Supervisor, Training Sergeant, Facilities & Equipment Bureau Commander and Office of Professional Standards Lieutenant. He is also a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Occupational Background:

  • Criminal Justice Instructor: 2015 - Present
  • City of Red Wing, MN Police Department: 2012 - Present
  • Grand Forks, ND Police Department: 1996 - 2012
  • North Dakota Incident Management Assistance Team: 2009 - 2012
  • North Dakota Army National Guard: 1996 - 2006
  • US Air Force Active Duty Security Police: 1986 - 1996

Educational Background:

  • Masters of Business Administration: Management, University of Mary
  • Masters of Science Administration: Human Resources, Central Michigan University
  • Bachelors of Science Degree: Criminal Justice, Magna Cum Laude, Park University
  • Associate of Science in Psychology: Park University
  • Associate of Arts in Law Enforcement: University of Maryland
  • Associate of Science in Security Administration: Community College of the Air Force
  • School of Police Staff and Command: Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety

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Mark Schultz

Email Address: mschultz@southeastmn.edu
Background:
Mark began teaching at Southeast Technical in 2012 as an adjunct instructor. Mark brings a variety of experience in corrections, including time spent as a Corrections Officer at Minnesota Correctional Facility – Stillwater, minimum-security housing unit and mentoring for the 6th District Correctional Services in Coralville, IA and youth home and juvenile programming for court-ordered youth. Mark is also a certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist and Trainer.

Occupational Background

  • Adjunct Sociology Instructor (SE Tech and Winona State): 2012 – Present
  • Offender Workforce Development Specialist/Employment Counselor (MN Dept. of Employment and Economic Development): 2009 – Present
  • Mental Health Practitioner/Program Aide (Family and Children's Center: 2011 - Present
  • Co-Instructor (The University of Iowa): 2007 – 2009
  • Teaching/Research Assistant (The University of Iowa) 2005 – 2007
  • Correctional Officer (MCF – Stillwater): 2003 – 2005

Educational Background

  • Master of Arts Degree: Sociology (Concentrations in Criminology and Inequality), The University of Iowa
  • PhD Coursework: Criminology/Sociology, The University of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree: Sociology/Corrections, Minnesota State University - Mankato

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Jessica Sundberg

Email Address: jsundberg@southeastmn.edu
Phone Number: 651-385-6411
Background:
Jessica Sundberg began teaching at Southeast Technical College in 2014. She has experience working, interning, and volunteering in a variety of correctional settings. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and her employer utilizes both her drug counseling and criminal justice educational background. She started her career in 2008 at RS EDEN-Reentry West, a community-based residential correctional facility in MN, working with adult males involved in the criminal justice system. In 2011, she became an employee of the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC). She worked with adult males at Minnesota Correctional Facility (MCF) - Lino Lakes. In 2013, she transferred to MCF --Red Wing and began working with juvenile males as a Clinical Program Therapist III specializing in the area of chemical dependency.

Occupational Background:

  • Criminal Justice Instructor: 2014 - Present
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections: 2011 - Present
  • RS EDEN Reentry West: 2008

Educational Background:

  • Master of Science Degree: Sociology, Minnesota State University, Mankato (Anticipated graduation, July 2015)
  • Bachelor of Science Degree: Alcohol and Drug Studies, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Bachelor of Science Degree: Corrections, Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Travis Volkman

Email Address: tvolkman@southeastmn.edu
Phone Number: 651-385-6411
Background:
Travis Volkman began teaching at Southeast Technical College in 2013 as an adjunct instructor, Travis brings with him over 14 years of law enforcement experience in the criminal justice system; currently employed with the Goodview Police Department and assigned as an Investigator and Computer Forensics Examiner with the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In addition to providing presentations about internet crimes against children, Travis teaches an online child exploitation class at Winona State University. Travis is the Field Training Program Coordinator for the Goodview, MN Police Department after having been employed in various rolls of the criminal justice system.

Occupational Background:

  • Police Officer, Goodview, MN: 2005-Present
  • Criminal Justice Instructor: Winona State University, 2012-Present; Southeast Technical, 2013 - Present
  • Winona County Sheriff's Office: 2002-2008
  • Winona County Court Administration: 2003-2005
  • Police Officer, Lewiston, MN: 2004-2005

Educational Background:

  • Master of Science Degree: Public Safety Executive Leadership, St. Cloud State University
  • Bachelor of Science Degree: Criminal Justice, St. Mary's University
  • FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS)

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Amy Whitcomb

Email Address:awhitcomb@southeastmn.edu
Phone Number: 651-385-6388
Background:
Amy Whitcomb began teaching at Southeast Technical College in 2010 with a fulltime tenure track position. Prior to coming to Southeast Technical, she taught psychology and criminal justice in Kansas, as well as holding positions in juvenile counseling, foster care case work, and nursing home social services.

Occupational Background:

  • Psychology and Criminal Justice Instructor: 2006 - Present
  • Adjunct Psychology Instructor: 1999-2006
  • Nursing Home Social Services Director: 1997-1998, 2001-2002
  • Foster Care Caseworker: 1995 - 1996
  • Juvenile Residential Counselor: 1993-1995

Educational Background:

  • Master of Science Degree: Psychology, Western Illinois University
  • Further Graduate Study: Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree: Psychology, Iowa Wesleyan College
  • Associate of Arts Degree: Southeastern Community College

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Career Opportunities

  • Corrections Officers
  • Probation Officers
  • Local Police Departments
  • State and Federal Agencies
  • Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Security Officers
  • Gaming Surveillance Officers

Program Highlights

  • Explore the historical development of Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections
  • Overview of the evolution, history, theories and societal responses associated with the juvenile justice system
  • Make-up of the criminal justice system and their interrelationships in our diverse society
  • How society influences policing
  • Examine issues of crime, violence, and punishment from the perspectives of criminal justice professionals, criminals, and prisoners