Partnership with North Alabama Homebuilding Academy helps students earn college credit

January 22, 2021

North Alabama Homebuilding Academy (NAHA) announced that it has partnered with Drake State Community & Technical College to provide students with the opportunity to advance their skills and earn college credit for their experience and training.

The announcement comes as NAHA marks its one-year anniversary and celebrates the nearly 100 graduates who have completed the eight-week training course since its inception. Through the new partnership with Drake State, those students and future students who complete the initial course can apply to the college and receive college credit for the material they previously learned in the NAHA course.

For students who do not meet admission requirements at Drake State, the college’s Adult Education Services will provide free additional training to help them gain admission.
“We are extremely excited about this partnership.” Said Barry Oxley, Executive Director of the Huntsville Madison County Homebuilders Association. “Our primary goal since the beginning has always been workforce development. This partnership will help us further that goal and better train the next generation of tomorrows skilled workers.”

“This partnership gives students the chance to build on technical training and propel themselves forward in their chosen careers by converting work training and experience to college credits,” said Dr. Patricia Sims, President of Drake State Community & Technical College. “We see it as a way to help develop the workforce in our community and provide more career pathways for students.”

For students to be eligible to attend NAHA classes they must be 18 years old, submit and pass a drug screening, and be legally authorized to work in the U.S. Anyone interested in becoming a student should call (256) 536-2602 or visit