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J.F. Drake State Technical College
3421 Meridian Street, North
Huntsville, Alabama 35811
(256) 539-8161 or (888) 413-7253
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The campus of J F Drake State is in Huntsville, AL, which is a medium-sized city. The school is a public institution. Degrees at J F Drake State include, at the school's highest level, the Associate's degree.
The school is known for its programs in office and administration, computer science and engineering, beauty and cosmetology, mechanics and repair, and production trades.
J. F. Drake State Technical College is a two-year, public institution of higher education that provides the citizens of North Alabama with flexible, innovative vocational and technical training at a reasonable cost. The College is student-centered and offers career-oriented diploma, certificate, and associate degree programs and courses, as well as comprehensive, specialized training for business and industry. J. F. Drake Technical College seeks to satisfy the needs and academic pursuits of the community by offering developmental studies, non-credit short-term courses, and continuing education courses on scheduled days, evenings, and weekends. Showing a major concern for a diverse population, the College aims to provide educational opportunities that will enrich the lives of its student intellectually, culturally, and economically. The administration, faculty, and staff support the mission of J. F. Drake State Technical College because they believe vocational/technical education contributes directly to the economic welfare, social advancement, and civic awareness of the individual and for the good of the community. Vocational/technical education contributes to the community by providing a pool of entry-level applicants, well trained and ready to satisfy the occupational needs of business and industry. It also provides the type of dedicated industry-based training demands that can be met through a committed interaction between an educational institution and industry, especially through cooperative education.
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Drake State Technical College was established in 1961 as the Huntsville State Vocational Technical College. The college is built on 32 acres of land which was deeded by Alabama A&M University to the Alabama State Board of Education. Initial enrollment at the school was 27, with students enrolled in four programs in September 1962. In 1966 the school’s name was changed to J. F. Drake State Technical Trade School by the State Board of Education in honor of the late Joseph Fanning Drake, president of Alabama A&M University for more than 35 years.
In 1967, the institution became the first desegregated postsecondary technical school. In 1971, the school became an accredited charter member institution of the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions (COEI) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and in August 1973, was given technical college status by the State Board of Education. With the new status, the school was named J. F. Drake State Technical College and was authorized by the Board to offer the Associate in Applied Technology Degree. Today Drake State Technical College is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE), the national accrediting agency that evolved from the regional COEI.
In the spring of 2010, Drake State began offering classes in the historic Times Building in downtown Huntsville. Creating the additional classroom space has been an extraordinary collaborative effort with area government officials and various downtown revitalization groups. The space consists of approximately 10,000 square and has been complete renovated to accommodate seven state of the art classrooms in the historic building.
Drake State Technical College has only had three presidents: Mr. S. C. O’Neal, 1962-1983; Dr. Johnny L. Harris, 1983-2000; and Dr. Helen T. McAlpine since 2000.
Today, the two year college trains students for current and future employment in technical, industrial and vocational careers. Classes for degree and certificate programs are offered on weekdays, Saturdays and evenings on the main campus at 3421 Meridian Street as well as the downtown instructional site.
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