HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Cash for College! That’s what every student wants and what two Drake State Technical College students received thanks to an initiative by a small group of Leadership Huntsville-Madison County Class 25.
Jamie Logan is studying cosmetology and Terrell Brown is a culinary student at Drake State Technical College. They gathered outside the office of Drake State President Dr. Helen McAlpine on October 2 for the check presentations. They each received a scholarship of $1,600.
The students agreed a career-technical education was the way to achieve their dreams. Terrell Brown said, “Since I’ve been in the program I’ve learned so much. My teachers have been a very big influence on me to learn the French side as well as the English side (of food preparation) and just to push me harder and harder to continue what I want to do in life.”
Dr. McAlpine recognized the members of Leadership Huntsville-Madison County Class 25’s state government group as the catalysts for the scholarship. The group focused on the importance of career technical education in Alabama as a pathway to success for our state’s young people. McAlpine said, “Specifically, the goal is to foster statewide investment ensuring that all students have an awareness of and access to a variety of alternative educational paths to support their personal success.”
Leadership Class 25’s state government group also produced a documentary on the subject to encourage career tech exploration and support. It aired on WHNT News 19 in May.
Class 25’s state government group included Michael Monis, Lockheed Martin Corporation; Michelle Nesin, Nesin Therapy Services P.C.; David Newberry, Defense Acquisition University; Tony Smith, Huntsville Utilities; Denise Vickers, WHNT News 19; and Camille Wright, Madison City Schools.
State Senators Paul Sanford (R-Madison) and Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) helped fund the scholarships with contributions from their discretionary funds to show their support for career technical education in Alabama.