Law, Public Safety and Security

Fox Valley Technical College
Fire Protection, 1999
City of Appleton Fire Department

Matthew Gerrits is a firm believer in the benefits of a technical college education. So much so, in fact, that the former Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) student is now an adjunct instructor in the Fire Protection program at his...

Gateway Technical College
Advanced EMT, Firefighter Technician
Dispatcher, Lake Geneva Police Department

When Amanda Moeller graduated from Clinton High School in 2005, she hadn’t given college much thought. After graduation, she started working full-time in the plastics industry at Miniature Precision Components. A few years later she enrolled in the Administrative Professional...

Madison Area Technical College
Marketing, 1998 and Criminal Justice, 2002
Sergeant K9 Handler, UW-Madison Police Department

Cherise Caradine has had aspirations to become a police officer since 1994. It was a time of grief that turned into a moment of clarity. Not long after she graduated from Monona Grove High School, her close friend was killed...
Kevin Wilkins, Western grad

Western Technical College
Criminal Justice, 1987
Chief of Police, Spring Green

After high school Kevin worked several minimum wage jobs, "with no future or job security." He realized that more education was necessary to achieve those things and enrolled at age 27. Kevin decided on a career in law enforcement to...
Heather Gokey, SWTC grad

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement and Police Academy, 2006
K-9 Police Officer, Prairie du Chien Police Department

While enrolled at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (Southwest Tech), Heather knew she wanted to work in law enforcement and also with service dogs. Her instructors encouraged and helped her gain valuable experience while attending college. "Attending Southwest Tech allowed me...