J F Drake State Technical College

Overview of J F Drake State Technical College

The campus of J F Drake State is in Huntsville, AL, which is a medium-sized city. The school is a public institution. Degrees at J F Drake State include, at the school's highest level, the Associate's degree.

Areas of Study

The school is known for its programs in beauty and cosmetology, computer science and engineering, mechanics and repair, office and administration, production trades.

J F Drake State Selectivity

Its open admissions system makes J F Drake State an attractive choice for many applicants.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Body

In 2007-2008, J F Drake State had 694 students enrolled (698 full-time equivalent).

The school reports its educational mission is:
"J. F. Drake State Technical College is a two-year, public institution of higher education that provides the citizens of North Alabama with flexible, innovative vocational and technical training at a reasonable cost. The College is student-centered and offers career-oriented diploma, certificate, and associate degree programs and courses, as well as comprehensive, specialized training for business and industry. J. F. Drake Technical College seeks to satisfy the needs and academic pursuits of the community by offering developmental studies, non-credit short-term courses, and continuing education courses on scheduled days, evenings, and weekends. Showing a major concern for a diverse population, the College aims to provide educational opportunities that will enrich the lives of its student intellectually, culturally, and economically. The administration, faculty, and staff support the mission of J. F. Drake State Technical College because they believe vocational/technical education contributes directly to the economic welfare, social advancement, and civic awareness of the individual and for the good of the community. Vocational/technical education contributes to the community by providing a pool of entry-level applicants, well trained and ready to satisfy the occupational needs of business and industry. It also provides the type of dedicated industry-based training demands that can be met through a committed interaction between an educational institution and industry, especially through cooperative education."

More complete details are provided below.

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Contacting J F Drake State

J F Drake State Technical College
3421 Meridian St N
Huntsville , AL 35811
General Phone: (256) 539-8161

J F Drake State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Mechanics and Repair60industrial electronics tech, HVAC, industrial mechanics, automobile mechanics
Nursing and Emergency Medicine41licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant
Office and Administration24administrative assistant
Beauty and Cosmetology16cosmetology, barber
Business and Management13accounting technology
Production Trades9tool and die tech, welding
Computer Science and Engineering9computer and info science
Construction Trades4electrician
Engineering Technician2drafting
Media1graphic communications courses

Number of programs and degrees for J F Drake State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year149
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years11613
Associate's degree497

J F Drake State Student Body

J F Drake State is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, J F Drake State had a total enrollment of 694 students (698 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 33%
Black 61%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 15%
20-21 13%
22-24 17%
25-29 17%
30-34 12%
35-39 9%
40-49 11%
50-64 4%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown6%

J F Drake State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 98 %
Part-Time 97 %

J F Drake State Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Huntsville, Alabama for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Alabama Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

J F Drake State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,700
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 4,830
Books and supplies $ 1,800

Financial Aid:
J F Drake State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 526000)

J F Drake State Faculty

J F Drake State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track19

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year9$66,02420$62,395
All faculty totalacademic year9$66,02420$62,395

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

J F Drake State Degree Programs (2007)

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Construction Trades

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology

Graphic Communications, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Production Trades
Tool and Die Technology/Technician
Welding Technology/Welder

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J F Drake State Highlights

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What Sets J F Drake State Apart:

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checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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