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Drake State 2016 Graduation


J.F. Drake State Community & Technical College hosted its 2016 Commencement Convocation on Thursday, May 12 at 6:00 pm at the Von Braun Civic Center, South Hall 2.  The College conferred awards to 153 graduates and 35 GED recipients.  Interim President Dr. Kemba Chambers took great pride in acknowledging graduate achievements and extended her sincere congratulations and best wishes to the Drake State graduating class of 2016.   

The keynote address was delivered by the Mr. Kenneth Anderson, Director of Multicultural Affairs for the City of Huntsville.  Mr. Anderson is a nationally certified mental health counselor with over thirty years of experience in the field. In 2013, he was appointed Multicultural Affairs Officer for the City of Huntsville by Mayor Tommy Battle after spending the past 16 years at Calhoun Community College, most recently as Dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. In this capacity, Anderson acts as a bridge between the municipal government and the community on a broad range of issues related to gender, faith, race and ethnicity, disability and more.

Anderson is President of Maximum Life Enhancement, a business management and educational consulting firm specializing in leadership and employee development training, and he speaks nationally at conferences, schools, churches, and other venues. Since 1990, he has been the host/producer of a live, weekly radio talk show called 2nd Chance broadcast every Sunday on WJOU, 90.1 FM, Oakwood University’s radio station. The show celebrated 25 years on the air in November 2015.

Anderson’s commitment to education is clear as he has launched three academic scholarships at two higher education institutions, Calhoun Community College (Jack & Annie Anderson 2nd Chance Scholarship) and Oakwood University (‘25’ Scholarship and 212 Community Service Scholarship), designed to support students who desire to achieve academic success.

Anderson’s community activity has included serving as a Community Columnist for the Huntsville Times. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for over two decades of community service. These awards include the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Award (Delta Theta Lambda Chapter Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.) and the 2016 People’s Voice Visionary Award (Spirit Reign Communications).  He has professional affiliations with the Huntsville Rotary Club, National Board of Certified Counselors, American Psychological Association, 100 Black Men of Greater Huntsville Chapter, Community Free Dental Clinic, First Stop Inc., Partnership for a Drug-Free Community and the United Way of Madison County.

Anderson is married to Sonya (Tibbs) Anderson, a Contracting Officer for the Army Contracting Command in the Express & Strategic Services Division, who is a native of Huntsville.

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