Correctional Services Internship

Welcome to the Akins High School Correctional Services Internship (CSI) page.  With a partnership with the Travis County Sheriff's Office, Akins students have the unique opportunity to go out to the Downtown Travis County Jail and the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle to learn directly from current Correctional Officers.  The goal of the Correctional Services Internship is to have the student ready for a career in Corrections by the time they graduate. 
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During the course, students will earn four certifications to take with them upon completion of the internship which include the following...
  • Texas Municipal Jailer Certification
  • Correctional Services Professional Certification
  • Private Security Level II Certification
  • Objective Jail Classification Certification
In the classroom, students will learn the following topics...
  • Basic organizational models for municipal, county, state, or federal correctional facilities and the history of correctional services.
  • Officer's role in maintaining order and safety along with professional standards and ethical responsibilities
  • Issues related to human behavior and relations in a detention facility
  • Methods of screening for and addressing injurious prisoner behavior
  • Intake procedures for a detention facility
  • Various inmate health care issues and processes
  • Methods of providing various prisoner services
  • Prisoner and facility security protocols
  • Appropriate actions to take in emergency situations at a detention facility.
  • Report-writing methods and courtroom procedures
  • Situations requiring the use of force and the use of force continuum.
  • Self-defense and defensive tactics
At the end of the internship the students will be career ready and will have a Professional Portfolio that will include the following...
  • Professional Resume
  • Four Industry Certification Certificates
  • Letters of Recommendation from Industry Professionals
  • Industry references
  • Awards for Industry Skills Competitions 
  • Experience with Correctional Officer Tasks and Duties
Akins Correctional Services Internship Class of 2020 (2019-2020 School Year)
Here are pictures of the student's on their first day at both the Downtown Travis County Jail and the Travis County Correctional Complex.  At the Downtown Travis County Jail, the students received a tour of the non-operational section of the jail.
The Akins Correctional Services Internship helped represent Law Enforcement in the Akins 9/11 Ceremony. Thank you to JROTC for having us as part of such a great ceremony and memorial.  Here are some pictures of the event.
Here are pictures of the students giving back to the community through their volunteer work starting with National Night Out.  There is much more volunteer work to come. 
Here are some pictures of the interns volunteering for Blue Santa and Brown Santa to allow families in need to have a Christmas.
Our interns also participated in the Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade to secure the parade route.  The event allows families to attend a parade and provides an opportunity for families to donate gifts to other families in need.  
Competition Wins
In December 2019, the Akins Correctional Services Internship competed in the TXPSTA Criminal Justice Competition.  For the second year in a row, the Interns won first place beating out several competitive teams.  Here are some pictures of the win.  
On February 22nd, 2020, the Akins Correctional Internship competed in the TPSA Criminal Justice competition for the first time.  Even though they were first time competitors they were still determined to show everyone what they could do.  We competed in all correctional events to include Cell Extraction, Inmate Processing, Correctional Institute Design but also in Male and Female Agility (Law Enforcement Course) along with Bunker Gear.  Well we blew away the competition as we placed in every single event we competed in.  We placed 1st in all Correctional Events to include Cell Extraction, Inmate Processing, and Correctional Institute Design.  On top of that we placed 1st in Female Agility (Law Enforcement Course), 3rd in Male Agility (Law Enforcement Course), and 3rd in Bunker Gear.  For the 1st place win in Female Agility, not only did she beat all female competitor times but also all male competitor times.  Please congratulate the following winners...
1st Place Cell Extraction: Steven Rodriguez, Alejandro Beltran, Kaitlyn Kinsella, Jasmine Granados,
                                         Heidi Tonche-Torres, and Valeria Rangel
1st Place Inmate Processing/Booking: Ashley Quiroz
1st Place Correctional Institute Design: Mildret "Nekki" Guariola and Marc Mireles
1st Place Female Agility (Law Enforcement Course): Kaitlyn Kinsealla
3rd Place Male Agility (Law Enforcement Course): Alejandro Beltran
3rd Place Bunker Gear: Steven Rodriguez
Akins Correctional Services Internship Class of 2019 (2018-2019 School Year)
The interns completed their academy visits.  They started with a tour of the training facility to include the physical fitness area, classroom area, outdoor training courses, and shooting range.  The interns got to see the incoming cadet class as they trained to become to new group of correctional officer, they received training to complete the Row test which is the physical test needed to complete the application process, and learned some self defense techniques taught in the academy.   
The interns completed the life safety portion of their training.  The Interns were taught the proper way to use several different types of fire extinguisher to include which extinguisher was best for what type of fire, two man fire hose training, and fire rescue using a self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
The Correctional Services Internship had a Graduation Ceremony with a Certificate of Completion from Travis County Sheriff's Office and a TCSO Medal as well.  In attendance was some of the top Travis County Sheriff's administrators to include Sheriff Sally Hernandez, Chief Deputy Anthony Johnson, Major Nelda Pena, Captain Xavier Montalvo, Captain Jonathan Ede, and Captain Michael Gottner. They had nothing but great things to say about the internship.  We also presented a plaque to our sponsors to thank them for everything they have done for us this year to make it such a great year.
The Cell Extraction Team was recognized for their State Competition win in Cell Extraction by the AISD Board of Trustees at their recognition event.  Only 130 student were chosen out of all the schools in Austin and 6 of those students were our Cell Extraction Team.