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.
The school is known for its programs in beauty and cosmetology, computer science and engineering, mechanics and repair, office and administration, production trades.
Its open admissions system makes J F Drake State an attractive choice for many applicants.
The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.
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."
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