Online instruction and remote services

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and with guidance from Alabama Community College System, Drake State has discontinued on-campus instruction as well as non-essential on-campus services.  The campus has transitioned to online delivery of instruction and remote student services until further notice to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, employees and the communities we serve.

Spring Commencement, Honors Day, pinning ceremony and all other College events are postponed until further notice. Online and distance learning will continue for the remainder of the Spring semester. 

College faculty and staff are available to students via email and phone during this period.


Instructional Guidance and Interim Policies

IMPORTANT: There will be No instructional activities during students’ break which includes tests and/or assignments. Faculty will communicate a flexible schedule of instruction and alternative method(s) of delivery for your class to ensure that core competencies of the course are achieved.

Students should check the College’s website, Canvas and their Drake State student email for updates. All classes at Drake State have transitioned to online delivery of instruction.

For courses that require competency check-offs, labs, and clinical hours, a plan for accelerated course completion is being considered. When plans are finalized, instructors will provide details to students. Please click here for updates to the modified instructional plan.


Student Services


Through Banner, students will have 24/7 access to register for classes, view their schedule and access personal and financial aid information. The Dean of Student Services is available by phone at (256) 551-7287 or (256) 701-3588 or by email at regina.burden@drakestate.edu  Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. 


Admissions
 

Drake State is currently accepting applications for enrollment for the 2020 Summer semester. Click here for instructions on the modified application and admissions process.


Financial Aid
 

Addititional Pell awards are available for Summer semester.

For information regarding financial aid status, students can contact the Financial Aid Office at (256) 551-7270 or email financialaid@drakestate.edu. If calls are not answered immediately, please leave a message stating your name, student ID number and phone number. 

  • ​​New or prospective students click here for information on our modified financial aid process.
  • Returning students click here for information on our modified financial aid process.

Advising
 

For department specific advising or questions, contact the following:

Nursing - nur@drakestate.edu
Medical Assisting - mat@drakestate.edu
Salon Management - cos@drakestate.edu
Culinary Arts - cua@drakestate.edu   
Welding - wdt@drakestate.edu
Automotive - ase@drakestate.edu
Machine Tool - mtt@drakestate.edu
Electrical - elt@drakestate.edu
HVAC - acr@drakestate.edu
Engineering Design - ddt@drakestate.edu
Computer Information Systems - cis@drakestate.edu
General Business/Accounting - bus@drakestate.edu
General Education - gen@drakestate.edu
Adult Education - Docquinn.Taylor@drakestate.edu
Workforce Development - wfd@drakestate.edu


Tutoring


Drake State tutors are available to support students via email during office hours. For a list of tutors and email addresses, click here. Online tutoring is available in Canvas using Tutor.com.


Canvas, Banner and Student Email


Click here for instructions on how to access your Canvas, Banner and student email accounts. IT staff is available to provide support to students having trouble accessing Canvas or student email. Requests should be sent to helpdesk@drakestate.edu or call (256) 539-8161 and select option # 5 for IT support.


Wi-Fi

Comcast, Xfinity and Charter/Spectrum are among the providers who are currently offering free Wi-Fi for students and others. Wi-Fi hotspot is available in the front parking lots of Drake State campus for students.  There is no access to the buildings.  For additional information contact helpdesk@drakestate.edu.


Disability Services

Disability Services is available to meet and provide assistance to students who have already been connected with Disability Services or who have a new need.  Our staff can  provide information, consultation, intake and accommodations. Staff is also available to provide consultation and support for faculty around the accessibility of online courses. For assistance contact Tiffany Green, Student Success Specialist at tiffany.green@drakestate.edu.


Library

The Drake State Library is an Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) partner, and access to online materials will remain available to students through that online platform. Instructors can submit a student’s email to the Alabama Virtual Library to give them access at this link https://www.avl.lib.al.us/content/avl-access-request-students.


Campus Security & Safety


The Drake State Campus Security will continue to maintain a 24/7 presence on campus during the crisis, just as it does throughout the year. Call (256) 683-2303 for assistance.

An updated cleaning and sanitizing process is in place and is in accordance with CDC and ADPH guidelines. See it here.


Food Assistance


The Blue Eagle food pantry will distribute emergency food supplies to students every Wednesday from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. For additional information, contact the Dean of Student Services at (256) 551-7287 or (256) 701-3588 or email regina.burden@drakestate.edu.


Business Office


Contact Akeem.alexander@drakestate.edu


If you still have questions after reviewing this FAQ, you can email your question to questions@drakestate.edu. Someone will respond to your email within 24 hours.