ASU Senior Makes History - First Student to Complete Correctional Dept. Program | News
Alabama State University senior Antwan Giles has made history for both the Alabama Department of Corrections and Alabama State University.
On Monday, at an event held by Alabama prison's commissioner Kim T. Thomas, it was announced that Giles has completed a rigorous internship with the Alabama Department of Corrections (DOC), which makes him the first student to ever complete the rigorous 12-week internship program with the DOC, which included attending and graduating from the DOC Academy.
Giles, a criminal justice major at ASU, was honored as the first student to complete the program, which was launched in 2009 as part of a partnership between ASU and the DOC.
Giles praised the experience and said he hopes more students can benefit from the program. Students in the 12-week internship program spend four days a week in Selma, where they are trained to work as correctional officers at its DOC Academy.
“The internship program is an opportunity for young people to grow. Corrections is a good job with good pay and has good benefits,” Giles said.
Giles first heard about the program from Dr. Larry Spencer, an assistant professor of criminal justice at ASU.
Spencer, who has 26 years of experience in corrections, said the program is an effort to boost the recruitment of the state’s correctional officers.
Spencer added that while several criminal justice majors have graduated from ASU and have quickly landed jobs in corrections, the internship program gives students a head start on employment. One of the requirements of the internship is for students to complete the program during a semester in which they do not have other coursework, allowing them to fully focus on their training.
“We’ve been searching for that student that met the qualifications and was motivated to pursue a career in corrections,” Spencer said. “We are very proud of Antwan; he’s our guy. This is a great program for our students.”
Kim T. Thomas, DOC commissioner, also praised the program as a win-win for ASU students and for the state.
“To actually see the fruits of this cooperation come into being and for others to see this is a great benefit,” Thomas said. “It is a great benefit for the Department of Corrections, a great benefit for Alabama State and for the potential student.”
For more information about the program, contact Dr. Larry Spencer at 334-229-4321.
Information Source: ASU