Drake State issues Census 2020 challenge

May 19, 2020

Drake State Community & Technical College President Dr. Patricia Sims is issuing a friendly Census 2020 challenge to other organizations in Madison County. The challenge comes after the College achieved 100 percent participation among its full-time employees including faculty.

“We’re really proud and appreciate that our employees understand how important this is for our community,” said Dr. Sims. “We want to extend a friendly challenge to other organizations to strive for the same results. Imagine the impact we could have if we came together as a community of businesses to encourage more participation.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, data from Census 2020 will be used to make decisions on funding for many programs and services including several directly related to higher education and workforce programs like tuition grant programs, adult education programs and employment training. A low response rate in Alabama could impact funding for these and many other programs that serve the North Alabama community.

Because the Census Bureau revised its schedule in response to the pandemic, online, phone and mailed self-responses continue through October 31, 2020. As of today, the Census Bureau’s Response Rates Map show Alabama has a Self-Response Rate of 57.7 percent, which is approaching the National Self-Response Rate of 59.5 percent.

The College plans to continue its Census 2020 awareness campaign with a focus on helping students understand the importance of participating and how to respond.