A stepping stone

September 3, 2013

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Laura Scheder

Laura Scheder first discovered her passion for juvenile justice while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in a very different field: outdoor education. Then a student at Northland College in northern Wisconsin, Laura got a job interning at the Ashland County Juvenile Drug Court.

She completed her degree, but continued working at the drug court until Ashland County Health and Human Services hired her as a coordinator to work with children with mental health diagnoses and their families. It was there that she discovered another passion: social work.

But before she could become a social worker, Laura needed to pass state and national licensing tests and have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. She chose the UW-Platteville Online BSCJ program. “It was a lot of late nights. I would work on assignments on my lunch hour and then when I could. At first, it was really difficult, but once you get into your classes and realize what the expectations are, it’s okay. I planned ahead and stayed on top of things.”

Laura’s determination impressed BSCJ Program Coordinator, Dana Cecil. “Laura’s positive attitude and willingness to work hard has shown itself in her academic work and will continue to make her an asset in her field.”

Laura graduated in the summer of 2012 and is currently taking classes one night a week, driving three hours each way. “My goal is to get my social work license, and then I’m considering getting my master’s degree and possibly counseling in the future. I’d love to get back to working with at-risk youth. That’s really my passion.”

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