The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University share more than just an address in Huntsville. The two agencies frequently cooperate on educational and employment opportunities.
Countless alumni, including top level professionals in the field, trace their roots back to their first criminal justice jobs at prisons in the Huntsville area. Once a year, TDCJ offers an expedited training for new correctional officers in between semesters to allow SHSU students to access employment opportunities in the field.
“It’s pretty simple – Sam Houston State University has the best CJ college in the U.S," said Major Jeremy Bryant, who is in charge of training at the Minnie R. Houston Academy at the Ellis Unit in Huntsville. “Not only does TDCJ offer real time, practical experience, it allows students to go back to college and apply what they are doing with what they are learning. It develops critical thinking and well-rounded officers.” . . . Read more . . .