J F Drake State Community and Technical College

Tel: (256)539-8161
  • Drake’s mission is to provide vocational-technical education through academic and occupational training, from basic education through two-year technical programs. Students develop marketable skills in vocational-technical areas at J. F. Drake, one of a network of forty postsecondary institutions of its kind in the state of Alabama. The 30-acre campus houses eight buildings.
School Highlights
  • J F Drake State Community and Technical College serves 1,062 students (51% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 20:1 is lower than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 65% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 39%.
  • J F Drake State Community and Technical College is one of 4 community colleges within Madison County, AL.
  • The nearest community college is Huntsville Bible College (1.80 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 53 teachers has declined by 11% over five years.
J F Drake State Community and Technical College (AL) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 53 staff 72 staff
J F Drake State Community and Technical College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 1,062 has declined by 14% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 has decreased from 27:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.56 is equal to the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has grown by 14% over five years.
Total Enrollment 1,062 students 1,650 students
J F Drake State Community and Technical College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 20:1 28:1
J F Drake State Community and Technical College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 546 students 974 students
J F Drake State Community and Technical College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 516 students 676 students
J F Drake State Community and Technical College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
J F Drake State Community and Technical College Enrollment Breakdown AL All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
1%
J F Drake State Community and Technical College American Indian/Alaskan (2010-2016)
% Asian
1%
1%
J F Drake State Community and Technical College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
1%
2%
J F Drake State Community and Technical College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
56%
25%
J F Drake State Community and Technical College Black (2007-2016)
% White
35%
61%
J F Drake State Community and Technical College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
1%
-
% Two or more races
1%
1%
J F Drake State Community and Technical College More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
1%
-
% Unknown races
2%
9%
J F Drake State Community and Technical College Ethnicity Breakdown AL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.56 0.56
J F Drake State Community and Technical College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
12%
17%
J F Drake State Community and Technical College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $26,300 $29,700
J F Drake State Community and Technical College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,384 is less than the state average of $5,427. The in-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,096 is less than the state average of $8,152. The out-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,384 $5,427
J F Drake State Community and Technical College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,096 $8,152
J F Drake State Community and Technical College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 95% 94%
J F Drake State Community and Technical College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates - $11,500
Median Debt for Dropouts - $6,002
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • J. F. Drake State Technical College is a two-year, state-supported, coed, vocational-technical college founded in 1961. J. F. Drake is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate in Applied Technology degree. Diplomas and certificates are also awarded. Drake Tech is located in northeastern Huntsville, home of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, the U.S. Army Missile Command, Strategic Defense Command, the Redstone Arsenal, and a host of high-technology industrial centers. The area is one of the fastest-growing engineering and technology centers in the South. Huntsville offers students access to museums, shopping, and fine restaurants. The College assists African-American students to find and contact predominantly African- American schools and colleges which provide educational opportunities that are best suited to the individual students academic achievement and financial resources.

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Did You Know?
For Alabama public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,427 per year for in-state students and $8,152 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,491 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Alabama is 76%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Alabama community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.56, which is lower than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Alabama is Herzing University-Birmingham. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.