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Drake State Named to 2015 Jobs Approved Colleges List


J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College announced today that it has been designated a 2015 STEM JobsSM Approved College by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting individuals in transition with education and career opportunities, and creator of STEM JobsSM media, education and career resources for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. The 2015 STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges inaugural list is the first of its kind to rate universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high demand, high growth STEM occupations.


Drake State was among over 1,600 schools participating in the STEM JobsSM survey process. Schools submitting surveys were scored on publicly available data and responses to proprietary questions around three key indicators of success: STEM job alignment, STEM job placement, and diversity in a school’s STEM programs. The assessment and rights to the STEM Jobs ApprovedSM Colleges designation were available to qualifying schools for free. Drake State will be featured in the winter 2015 issue of STEM JobsSM magazine, along with the entire 2015 list of STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges.


“For more than 50 years, J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College has been providing training and education for residents of Huntsville/Madison County, Alabama seeking STEM jobs with local businesses and industries,” stated Dr. John Reutter, Director of Planning and Resource Development. “In the past five years alone, over 1,190 Drake State students have been placed into STEM jobs in north Alabama. These students are benefiting from the many high-paying STEM positions available locally.” 


With the list of STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges, we are able to help parents, students and guidance counselors evaluate how well education is translating into real-world jobs, and how responsive institutions are to meeting those demands,” said Daniel Nichols, President of STEM JobsSM. “We are pleased to showcase schools like Drake State as a school leading the way in this area.”

About Drake State

J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College is a two-year, comprehensive community and technical college preparing students for current and future employment in technical, industrial and vocational careers, as well as for transfer to four-year university programs. Classes are offered at its main campus on Meridian Street and at the historic Times Building, in downtown Huntsville, on weekdays, evenings and Saturdays. The college’s Workforce Development Program provides specialized training for businesses and industrial communities. Drake State is regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College (SACSCOC). For more information, visit; or contact Pamela Donald at 256-551-7281, or via email at

About STEM JobsSM Ratings

The STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges survey measures how effectively schools align their programs to high demand, high paying STEM jobs, and how well they assist their students in achieving career aspirations in STEM fields. Ratings are based on a complimentary and rigorous quantitative assessment that measures schools on criteria created by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board. A complete description of our methodology, advisory board and services is available at

About Victory Media

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Victory Media is a rapidly-growing, veteran-owned business leader connecting individuals in transition with education, business, and career opportunities. For more than 12 years, Victory Media has provided members of the military community with resources and information to evaluate civilian opportunities, while working with thousands of post-secondary schools, employers, and companies looking to get their opportunities, products and services in front of military families during critical life stages.

In 2012, Victory Media extended its reach by introducing STEM JobsSM
tools, media and curriculum designed to engage students, along with their parents, teachers and guidance counselors, as they make education and career planning decisions. Using student-written articles, fun graphics and relatable content, STEM JobsSM helps students discover how to “do what they love” as a STEM-inspired career. STEM JobsSM now includes the STEM JobsSM Type Quiz for students, STEM JobsSM Approved ratings for schools and employers, and STEM JobsSM Ready lesson plans for teachers. For more information, visit

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