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Ribbon Cutting


J.F. Drake State Technical College held a ribbon cutting for the grand opening of the Renewable Energy Lab and the renovation of the Salon Management Technology Building.
     Dr. Helen McAlpine, president of Drake State, greeted the guests.       Speakers for the occasion included Tommy Battle, mayor of Huntsville; Mary Scott Hunter, District 8 representative from the Alabama State Board of Education; and Susan Price, interim chancellor of the Alabama Community College System.

         The Renewable Energy Lab is a training lab for the installation of geothermal heating and cooling units.  It is completely off-grid and houses a 60-gallon solar thermal water heater and 12 solar panels.

         The newly-renovated Salon Management Building houses two cosmetology labs (with one serving as a practice salon for students), a barber lab, a nail care lab, and an esthetics lab. Classrooms are incorporated in two of the labs for lecture sessions. 

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