San Jac Certified: criminal justice grad has sights set on FBI
05.27.2016 | By Rob Vanya
Audrey Autry graduated from C.E. King High School and earned a criminal justice associate degree from San Jacinto College in May. She received the College’s criminal justice program Outstanding Student award based on academic performance and leadership skills. She will pursue a criminal justice bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University, and then plans to attend the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Her career goal is to be an FBI agent.
QUESTION: Why did you choose criminal justice as a field of study?
AUDREY AUTRY: Basically for two reasons: one, because I have personally known people who made poor choices, which put them on the wrong side of the law and led to jail terms. That sort of steered me in the direction of wanting to serve on the right side of the law. The second reason is because of maternal instincts of protection. I am a single parent with a 4-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter. I have a strong desire to protect others from harm, and I have been naturally drawn to law and order since childhood. On western TV shows, my favorite part was when the law officers captured the criminals.
Q: Your career goal is to be an FBI agent. Are you attracted to any particular type of FBI work?
AA: My dream job would be to be a special agent on a task force. There are two types of task forces that I am interested in: a SWAT (special weapons and tactics) team and a scuba diving team.
Q: As an FBI task force agent, you might be called on to deal with some pretty rough characters. Does that sort of scare you?
AA: Not at all. At the FBI Academy we will be well trained to handle any type of situation and all types of characters.
Q: Criminal justice used to be very much a male-dominated career field. That’s been changing, right?
AA: Yes, a lot more women are pursing criminal justice careers. In fact, in some of my criminal justice classes at San Jacinto College there were just as many female students as male students.
Q: Why do you feel it is important for a society to have a strong criminal justice system?
AA: It comes down to safety, and also to structure. A nation must have security and structure. Most poor nations that have unstable governments have something in common – their governments do not enforce law and order. Law and order are absolutely essential for a nation to have a strong economy and a high standard of living.
Q: As a graduate, what is your personal assessment of the San Jacinto College criminal justice program?
AA: It is outstanding and I am definitely well prepared for transferring and moving on to the next level. In fact, when I contacted Sam Houston State University there was no hesitation and no questions asked. It was a seamless transfer. Sam Houston readily accepted every course from San Jacinto College.
San Jacinto College offers a range of criminal justice courses and degree options at the North Campus and the Central Campus, as well as criminal justice online courses. For more information, please visit sanjac.edu/career/criminal-justice.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.