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2016 Annual Counselor Breakfast

4/25/2016

Huntsville, AL – Career Coaches and Counselors from all around Huntsville/Madison County schools came out to the J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College campus to enjoy the Annual Counselor Breakfast.  This event allowed the enrollment team, career coaches, counselors and staff from Drake State to update them on the current trends and opportunities available to high school students as well as college students.

A portion of the Counselor’s Breakfast was dedicated to dispelling myths about Drake State, and a colorful skit performed by Ms. Denise Gaymon, College Counselor, and Mrs. Tiffany Green, Enrollment Specialist, was effective in sifting through the facts, fiction, and benefits of the college.  Did you know that Drake State is the only community and technical college in the state of Alabama?  It is not just a technical college; there are liberal arts and general education courses that will allow a student to transfer credits from Drake State to any 4-year university. 

The primary topic of discussion at the breakfast was Drake State’s free Dual Enrollment Program, essential for all parents and students in our community.  Mr. Karl Henry, Drake State Dual Enrollment Coordinator, explained that the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development has awarded J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College Dual Enrollment scholarship funding for technical program courses.

The Dual Enrollment scholarship will provide tuition, fees, books and supplies for high school students in grades 10-12 seeking to enroll in high demand technical programs. This program allows students to earn college credit for college level courses taught by qualified instructors either in high school or at Drake State.

            The list of program offerings is: Accounting Technology, Automotive Technology, Computer and Information Systems Technology (Cyber Security), Computer Maintenance Technology, Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, Electrical Engineering Technology, Engineering Design Technology (Drafting), Electrical Technology, Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Industrial Systems Technology (Robotics), Machine Tool Technology, Medical Assisting Technology, Office Administration Technology, and Welding Technology.

          People with these skills are valuable to our state’s growing job market, and high demand jobs make more sense to parents and students when choosing a successful career.  Many of Drake State’s programs offer certificate awards for as little as 9 credit hours of course work, a 2 or 3 course sequence depending on the program.

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