Fact Sheet

Fast Facts


Dr. Helen McAlpine

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Alabama Community College System


Student/Instructor Ratio:

Tuition at Drake State consistently ranks as one of the best values in the state. For current tuition and fees visit www.drakestate.edu or contact the Business Office at 256.551.3135.
Offering In-State tuition 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, Jackson County, and Northern Morgan County

Downtown Instructional Site:
Drake offers classes in downtown Huntsville at the Historic Times Building - 228 North Holmes Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35802

Awards Offered:
Certifcate, Diploma, and Associate of Applied Technology Degree (A.A.T.D.)

August – December (Fall Semester)
January – May (Spring Semester)
May – August (Summer Semester)

Four-year College Transfer Programs:
Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University (Huntsville, AL)
Athens State University (Athens, AL)
Oakwood University (Huntsville, AL) 

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

Student Services:
Counseling, Career Guidance, Job Placement Assistance, Services for Students with Disabilities, Tutoring, and Academic Advising.

Programs of Study:

Business & Information Technologies Division

  • Accounting Technology
  • Computer Information Systems Technology
  • Office Systems Technology

Engineering Technologies Division

  • Electrical Technology
  • Engineering Graphics Technology
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Systems Technology

Health Sciences Division

  • Practical Nursing Technology
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Medical Assisting

Manufacturing & Applied Technologies Division

  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Heating & Air Conditioning Technology
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Welding Technology

Salon Management & Hospitality Services

  • Barbering Technology
  • Cosmetology Technology
  • Culinary Arts/Hospitality Services Management

Available Certfications:
GTAW,GMAW, SMAW plate and pipe Lithographic (X-ray) Certifications (Welding)
Microsoft Office Specialist

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 or Workforce Development:
Drake coordinates customized training programs with local business and industry for the training/re-training of employees.

Special Programs:
Veterans’ benefits (VA Certified)
Trade Re-adjustment Act Provisions
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Vocational Rehabilitation Services

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

Student Organizations:

  • Student Government Association
  • Skills USA
  • Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity
  • National Technical-Honor Society
  • International Association of Administrative Professionals
  • Gospel Choir
  • Amateur Radio Club (DSTC-ARC)
  • Culinary Arts Club

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, and speech.