Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical

Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical

A member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System
Programs Of Study
MSC-ST Program

Criminal Justice

Our NEW Associate in Science Degree Program in CRIMINAL JUSTICE is a comprehensive program designed to cover the fundamental preparation and coursework needed for a successful career in the criminal justice system.

Criminial Justice Est. 2009The Criminal Justice A.S. Degree Program has three major areas of emphasis: PROBATION, CORRECTIONS, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE GENERALIST. Students entering the program will be learning the foundation, operations, and principals of the field. Graduates of the program will be well-prepared for successful, professional 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 as well, transferable to any Minnesota State College or University (MnSCU). A direct program pathway has been developed to continue the 2-year A.S. degree and articulate into the 4-year B.A. degree at Metro State University, Twin Cities. Also, one has been developed to articulate into the Law Enforcement Transition Diploma at Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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 20 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: 651-385-6411
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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Troy Hove

Email Address: thove@southeastmn.edu
Phone Number: 651-385-6362
Background:
Troy Hove began teaching at Southeast Technical College in 2010. He brings with him over 20 years of broad experience and training within the criminal justice profession. His experiences include: Holding the positions of Detention Deputy, Activities Director, Detention Sergeant, and Training and Compliance Officer, for the Goodhue County Adult Detention Center, Instructor for the National Institute of Corrections, founding member of the Minnesota 6th District Training Consortium along with attending several national training conferences.

Occupational Background:

  • Criminal Justice Instructor: 2010 - Present
  • Goodhue County Sheriff's Department: 1999 – 2011

Educational Background:

  • Master of Business Administration Degree: Walden University
  • Bachelor of Science Degree: Criminal Justice University of Phoenix

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Scott McNurlin

Email Address: smcnurlin@southeastmn.edu
Phone Number: 651-385-6362
Background:
Scott McNurlin began teaching at Southeast Technical College in 2009. Scott has dedicated over 30 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: 651-385-6362
Background:
Angela Pedersen began teaching at Southeast Technical College in 2009. She has an extensive background working with at-risk youth, dedicating over 11 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, Corrections Officer: 2001- 2006
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections, Special Teacher: 2006 - Present
  • 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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Joanne Pohl

Email Address: jpohl@southeastmn.edu
Phone Number: 651-385-6362
Background:
Joanne Pohl joined the teaching team at Southeast Technical College in 2010. She is the Director of the Goodhue County Court Services Department in Red Wing, MN. Joanne brings over 30 years of criminal justice experience and training to the SE Tech Criminal Justice Program.

Occupational Background:

  • Goodhue County Director of Court Services: 1987 - Present
  • Goodhue County Assistant Attorney: 1979 - 1987
  • Private Practice Attorney: 1977 - 1979
  • Criminal Justice Instructor: 2010 - Present

Educational Background:

  • B.A. Degree, English: University of Minnesota
  • J.D.: William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul
  • Master of Liberal Studies Degree: University of Minnesota

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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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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 12 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 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
  • 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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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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Career Opportunities

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

Program Highlights

  • Explore the historical development of the current correctional system
  • 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 criminals and prisoners