J.F. Drake State Community & Technical College poised to see major growth

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College is poised to enjoy some major growth and program expansion in the next few years.  That growth will translate to even more successful graduates making their mark in our community.

School President Helen McAlpine said she often hears from visitors that Drake State is the area's best kept secret.

"We took it as a compliment but also as an indictment," McAlpine admitted.

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Many don't realize the strides Drake is making for its students and for our local workforce.

"We received the SACS-COC accreditation piece about three years ago," said McAlpine.  "So we have been working, certainly making everybody cognizant of the fact that not only do we have technical programs, we also have the capacity for students to be able to take those courses that will transfer seamlessly into 4-year institutions. And that's the reason for the community and technical college designation."

Expansion will mean an increase in available course work, plus a physical expansion of the drake campus as well.

"We have planned for some time to have a health science-facility and it is now in the hands of our board of trustees to make that decision. And we anticipate approval of that whereby we could begin about a $20 million health-science facility," said McAlpine.

In addition to their downtown and Meridian Street campuses, Drake officials hope future growth will also include enhancing other science offerings.  One main focus is the school's nursing program.

Learn more about J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College.