Richard Schak, who founded NLU’s Criminal Justice program, talked with Chicago.CBSlocal.com about how his own on-the-job and educational experiences led him to work as a homicide detective and police sergeant for the Chicago Police Department, and later get into teaching Criminal Justice.
Schak emphasized that NLU’s program focuses on experiential learning, with visits to criminal justice system venues, including police, correctional and medical examiner facilities and a working fingerprint identification system and firearms simulator.
Writer Michelle Guilbeau, an NLU alum, also wrote that Schak was once shot in the line of duty, but fortunately was wearing a Kevlar vest.
Schak uses his career experiences to benefit students and their career potential.
“Never turn down education because no one can predict where it will lead you,” he said.