Fact Sheet

Fast Facts

Interim President:  Dr. Kemba Chambers


J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees and Certificates.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA  30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College.

Member:  Alabama Community College System

Enrollment: 2200 Annually

Student/Instructor Ratio: 16:1

Tuition:  Tuition at Drake State consistently ranks among one of the best values in the state.  For current tuition and fees, visit http://www.drakestate.edu/admissions/tuition_fees.aspx or contact the Business Office at 256.551.3100.

In-State tuition rates available to residents of the following Tennessee counties: Bedford, Franklin, Giles, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, and Moore.

Student Profile: Black, Non-Hispanic 55%; White, Non-Hispanic 37%; Asian or Pacific Islander 1%; Hispanic 2%;  Other 5%

Service Area: Madison County and northern Morgan County

Downtown Instructional Site: 228 East Holmes, Avenue, Huntsville, AL  35802

Awards Offered: Certificate, Associate of Art, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science Degrees         


August – December (Fall Semester)           

January – May (Spring Semester)                  

May – August  (Summer Semester)

Four-year College Transfer Program (STARS) plus special articulation to:

Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University (Huntsville, AL)                                          

Athens State University (Athens, AL)                                 

Oakwood University (Huntsville, AL)                                          

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (Huntsville, AL)

Financial Aid Opportunities:  Drake State Academic & Leadership Scholarships, Federal Pell grants, SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants), Federal Work-Study, and corporate scholarships.

Student Services: Admissions, Counseling, Career Placement, Services for Students with Disabilities, Tutoring, Academic Advising, Assessment, and TRiO Services

Student Organizations:  Student Government Association, Skills USA, Phi Beta Lambda Business , National Technical-Honor Society, International Association of Administrative Professionals, Amateur Radio Club, Culinary Arts Club, Entrepreneurial Club, and Cyber Security Club.

Business & Information Technologies Division

Accounting Technology                                                       

Computer Information Systems Technology                   

Business Administration

Electrical Engineering Technologies           

Electrical Engineering Technology               

Engineering Graphics Technology               

Industrial Systems Technology

Health Sciences                                               

Practical Nursing                                             

Certified Nursing Assistant                           

Medical Assisting Technology

Manufacturing & Applied Technologies     

Automotive Service Technology                

Heating & Air Conditioning Technology      

Machine Tool Technology            

Welding Technology

Salon Management & Hospitality Services           

Cosmetology/Barbering Technology                              

Cosmetology Instructor Training                              

Culinary Arts/Hospitality Services Management

Available Certifications:

GTAW, GMAW, SMAW plate and pipe Lithographic (X-ray) Certifications (Welding), Soldering,

Soldering Inspection,

Microsoft Office Specialist,

CompTIA A+,



Cisco CCNA,


National Training Programs/Sites: 

Regional/Local Cisco Networking Academy                     

A+/Net + Certification Training Site                                  

ASE Certified Training Site (Automotive Mechanics)     

EPA Certification Testing Site (Heating & Air Conditioning)

Training for Existing Business/Industry and non-credit Workforce Development Courses: Drake coordinates customized training programs with local business and industry for the training/re-training of employees.

Special Programs: Veterans benefits, Workforce Investment Act (WIA) benefits and Vocational Rehabilitation referrals.

Ready-to-Work Program:  Prepares unemployed and underemployed worker for the Alabama workforce readiness certifications.

Adult Education:  Adult basic education classes, General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation classes.

General Education: A broad range of university-parallel, general education courses that transfer to four-year institutions are offered, including English composition, English literature, world literature, American literature, art, music, U.S. history, world    history, western civilization, pre-calculus algebra, calculus, physics, physical science, biology, microbiology, statistics,    psychology, religion, philosophy, sociology, economics, speech and Spanish. Students completing at least 60 credit hours may be  eligible for an associate of art or science transfer degree.

Registration Steps:  Applying for acceptance into J.F. Drake State Community & Technical College can be completed on-line. Visit http://www.drakestate.edu/admissions/registration_steps.aspx and follow these steps: 

1. Apply online for admission

2. Apply for Financial Aid

3. Take Required Placement Exam

4. Verify Admission to Drake

5. See Advisor for Course Scheduling

6. Pay for your courses.

7. Secure Parking Decal and Student ID.