Thirty women representing education, medicine, law, politics and community service were selected as Women Who Shape the State honorees by This is Alabama, a social media brand dedicated to telling the stories of people, places and culture throughout the state. Honoree Dr. Patricia Sims has served as President of Drake State Community & Technical College since December 2018. In that time, she has worked to establish and strengthen programs that bridge the gap between students and industry. The two-year historically black college offers flexible and affordable university-transfer and technical degrees, certificates, adult and continuing education, and customized workforce training.
“My goal is to really help people in our community grow—to help them prepare to participate in thegrowth and development happening in our city,” Dr. Sims said. Developing industry partnerships is also part of Dr. Sims’ formula. The college recently announced a workforce development partnership with Frank Williams Dealerships. Additionally, several area companies are supporting the school including Toyota Motor Manufacturing which recently donated two Corollas and 12 engines for the Advanced Manufacturing program, Mazda Toyota and Five Stones Research which created a scholarship for the Computer Science students to earn program certifications.
“These women are united in their commitment to driving movements, businesses and industries that change lives and make a difference in our state,” according to the This is Alabama Facebook page. Dr. Sims is the only Women Who Shape the State honoree from a community college. She and the other honorees were recognized on November 1, 2019 at the program’s annual luncheon in Birmingham. Honorees are also featured in the November issue of Birmingham Magazine.