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Connecting Students with Industry (CSI)

The Drake State CSI (Connecting Students with Industry) Program partners students with North Alabama industry while they pursue a two-year technical associate degree in mechatronics, engineering design, or machine tool technology. Current students and new students are eligible to apply.

The program combines cutting-edge curriculum with advanced manufacturing technology, paid work-based learning experience, and highly sought-after business soft skill principles. Apply for the CSI Program and work for one of our industry partners while earning your degree at Drake State!

Apply to CSI

The following documents need to be completed and/or on file prior to completing this application. Currently enrolled Drake State students should skip steps one and two and complete steps three and four.
  • New or unenrolled students must complete the Drake State Application for Admission.
  • Submit an official copy of your high school or college transcript (whichever is applicable) to the Office of Admissions. If you are a recent graduate, an unofficial copy is required until an official transcript becomes available.
  • Write a 300-500 word essay on the following prompt: What are your career goals and how will the CSI Program help you achieve these goals. Please include your major at Drake State.

  • Submit the essay and an updated resume to


Workforce Development