Northwestern College’s Criminal Justice students continue to benefit from a partnership with the Bridgeview Police Department, with this fall’s Criminal Investigations Class having the opportunity for a second time to learn firsthand from law enforcement personnel. During week 6 of the fall quarter the class had the opportunity to take a field trip to the Bridgeview Police Department where they toured the facility; observed the various areas of intake, holding and questioning; observed the practice of fingerprinting; viewed via live recording the questioning of a subject; toured and utilized the department’s firing range; and met with multiple Bridgeview Police personnel, including Investigator Robert Tomiczak and Range Master/Officer David Sroka. The students were also accompanied by Northwestern College instructor Charles Chigas (retired Bridgeview Chief) and Criminal Justice Program Coordinator Mark Mitchell (retired Palos Hills Lieutenant).
Recently nine (9) Northwestern College Criminal Justice students and graduates and two Criminal Justice Program faculty members traveled to the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) Lambda Alpha Epsilon Region 6 Conference in Macomb, IL. After rigorous competition, Northwestern College walked away with nine (9) total awards, including five (5) earned by NC students and graduates and four (4) by NC professionals! The ACJA is a national fraternal organization dedicated to the betterment of law enforcement through education, with its regional conferences affording students opportunities to compete over several days in multiple categories of both written and physical competitions. The theme for the Region 6 Conference was, “CLUE: The Board Game and Criminal Investigations.”
Northwestern College’s Criminal Investigations class this fall is benefitting from a partnership with the Bridgeview Police Department. Bridgeview detectives will be visiting the Investigations class three times during the quarter so as to share their real life experiences with students who are seeking careers in the field of criminal justice. The particular focus of the visits will be on the mechanics of criminal investigations and the role of detectives during the course of such investigations. Last week the first visit was by Detective Daniel Matuszak, a fifteen (15) year veteran of the Bridgeview Police Department.
Northwestern College’s Bridgeview Campus (7725 S. Harlem Avenue) recently served as the host location for two of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission’s (ISAC) free, one-day workshops: Financial Aid 101 (for new financial aid professionals) and Financial Aid 201 (for more experienced financial aid professionals). Approximately 20 people attended each of the two workshops in Bridgeview, which ISAC holds quarterly throughout the state, and which are frequented by financial aid professionals from all over Illinois. Last week’s workshops were attended by representatives of Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights; Chicago Public Schools; Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Training; Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills; Roosevelt University; DePaul University and Sauk Valley Community College of Dixon, Illinois. Northwestern College has consistently opened up its institution at no cost to ISAC for these and other similar workshops.
Northwestern College conducted its 111th Commencement Ceremony at the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place in Chicago. This year’s ceremony featured two students who addressed their class, including Valedictorian Alex Barton of Chicago and Elizabeth Rivera of McKinley Park. Barton majored in Criminal Justice while Rivera was a double-major in Business Administration and Executive Accounting.
Northwestern College conducted its 111th Commencement Ceremony at the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place in Chicago. This year’s ceremony featured two students who addressed their class, including Elizabeth Rivera of McKinley Park and Valedictorian Alex Barton of Chicago. Elizabeth was a double-major in Business Administration and Executive Accounting while Alex majored in Criminal Justice.
Northwestern College’s Bridgeview Campus (7725 S. Harlem Avenue) recently served as the host location of the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center’s (NCTC) 3-day course entitled, “Introduction to Narco-Terrorism”, which was co-sponsored by the Illinois Tactical Officers Association (ITOA). NCTC has regularly offered these courses as well as others at No Charge to law enforcement agencies, making them valuable training tools for departments to take advantage of. Northwestern College has regularly provided its facilities at No Charge for NCTC and law enforcement, as it did this month, so as to assist with the facilitation and access to training in order to keep local law enforcement officials current on techniques, trends, and tactics, despite whether or not a department has funds to conduct such training for its officers.
Northwestern College’s Violet L. Schumacher School of Nursing recently held its Pinning Ceremony to celebrate the College’s Class of 2015 Nursing Students! Senior students participated in the traditional pinning ceremony for nurses, signifying their induction into the profession. Nursing students graduating from the Violet L. Schumacher School of Nursing will have earned their Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Nursing. Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN licensure examination, they will receive the Registered Nurse (RN) designation.
Northwestern College President Lawrence Schumacher announced that 271 students were awarded certificates and degrees at the College’s 111th Commencement Ceremony held on Friday, June 19 at the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place in Chicago. Graduates completed their studies at the College’s two Illinois campuses, including Bridgeview and Chicago-Jefferson Park, as well as on-line.
Seven Northwestern College students and one graduate traveled to Nashville, Tennessee this spring to attend the 78th National Conference of the American Criminal Justice Association’s Lambda Alpha Epsilon (ACJA/LAE). Both students and faculty of Northwestern College’s Bridgeview Campus competed alongside the other 212 active subordinate chapters (excluding Members-at-Large Chapters) of the ACJA/LAE throughout the United States, but only the college’s faculty advisor and Criminal Justice Program Coordinator Mark Mitchell walked away with awards. Competition among Criminal Justice students from across the nation was fierce, but each Northwestern College student benefited a great deal from the experience, such as a better understanding of the importance of high standards of ethical conduct, professional training, and the continuance of higher education within the criminal justice field.