jeff logoJ. F. Drake State Technical College is a community college in Huntsville, Alabama. The college was founded in 1961 as the Huntsville State Vocational Technical College. The college is a member of the Alabama Community College System. Their colors are blue & white & their motto is Our Graduates Work.

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3421 Meridian St N, Huntsville, Alabama 35811
Phone: (256) 539-8161
Type: 2-year, Public
Awards offered:
Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
[thirdlast]Campus setting:
City: Midsize
Campus housing: No
Student population: 1,557 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 16 to 1


    jeff history

  • Drake State Technical College was established in 1961 as the Huntsville State Vocational Technical College.
  • In 1966 the school’s name was changed to J. F. Drake State Technical Trade School by the State Board of Education in honor of the late Joseph Fanning Drake, president of Alabama A&M University for more than 35 years.
  • In 1967, the institution became the first desegregated postsecondary technical school.
  • In 1971, the school became an accredited charter member institution of the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions (COEI) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and in August 1973, was given technical college status by the State Board of Education.


The college is built on 32 acres of land which was deeded by Alabama A&M University to the Alabama State Board of Education. Classes for degree and certificate programs are offered on weekdays, Saturdays and evenings on the main campus at 3421 Meridian Street as well as the downtown instructional site.

Our Student

  • Total Enrollment: 1,258
  • Black, Non-Hispanic 55%
  • White, Non-Hispanic 37%
  • Asian or Paci_c Islander 1%
  • Hispanic 2%
  • Other 5%


  • Total: 72
  • Full-time: 35% full-time
  • Student/faculty ratio: 16:1


Tuition at Drake State consistently ranks as one of the best values in the state.
Awards Offered: Certifcate, Diploma, and Associate of Applied Technology Degree (A.A.T.D.).


  • Drake coordinates customized training programs with local business and industry for the training/re-training of employees.
  • Adult basic education classes and General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation classes.
  • Federal pell grants, SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants), Federal Work-Study, Drake State Academic & Leadership Scholarships, and corporate scholarships.


  • Drake State graduates are extended the opportunity to participate in the Drake State Alumni Association.
  • The purpose of the alumni association is to provide individuals who have a shared experience at Drake State with the opportunity to network with each other, assist the college with outreach and to provide scholarships to prospective or current Drake State students.

Source: J. F. Drake State Technical College

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