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Ralph  Iler
Criminal Justice
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I have a Bachelors degree in sociology with a focus on Criminal Justice from Valparaiso University.  I have a Masters degree in Public Administration from Indiana University Northwest.


I have been teaching at Union Township School Corporation since 1999. Prior to teaching, I was the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer in Porter County.  I have worked as a university police officer, social worker, in a juvenile residential facility and as a probation officer.  I have spent most of my career working with youths and families.  I am also a member of the Porter County Sheriff’s Merit Board.  I have been an adjunct professor at Indiana University Northwest, Vincennes University and Ivy Tech College.


The Criminal Justice Course is one of two vocational programs offered within the Wheeler High School Building.  This course has student from the many Porter County Schools as well as students from Wheeler High School.  It is part of the Porter County Career and Technology program. This program began in 1998.  It prepares students for a career in law enforcement.  Students received 6 college credits from Vincennes University.  They receive credits for Introduction to Criminal Justice and Criminology.  Our goal is to give students an insight into the many criminal justice related fields and expose them to the legal system and many criminal justice professionals.