Drake State announces new partnership with major manufacturers in Huntsville

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Drake State Community and Technical College in Huntsville has announced a partnership with some of the area’s largest manufacturers. (Drake State Community and Technical College via Facebook)

Some exciting news came out of Huntsville’s Drake State Community & Technical College this week when the school announced a partnership with some of the area’s largest manufacturing companies.

The new program partners with heavy hitters like Mazda Toyota, LSINC, GE Appliances, Boeing and Lockheed Martin to give students a fast track to jobs in the manufacturing field.

How students at Drake State can get involved

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Drake State students can get a jump-start on their careers in manufacturing with the Connecting Students with Industry program. (Drake State Community & Technical College via Facebook)

The CSI (Connecting Students with Industry) Advanced Industrial Maintenance Program partners students with the local manufacturing industry while they pursue a two-year technical associate degree in Mechatronics. The program combines cutting-edge curriculum with advanced manufacturing technology, paid working-based learning experience, and highly sought-after business soft skill principles.

There’s an information session on May 3 from 6:30PM to 7:30PM at the Drake State Campus Cafetorium.

Who is eligible:

  • Current Drake State Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program students.
  • New students for the fall semester.

How to get involved in the program:

Applications will not be accepted after 11:59PM on May 10, 2022. The following steps need to be completed and/or on file:

  1. Complete the Drake State Application for Admission. If you are currently enrolled at Drake State, skip this step.
  2. Submit an official copy of your high school or college transcript (whichever is applicable) to the Office of Admissions. If you are a Spring 2022 graduate, an unofficial copy is required until an official transcript becomes available. If you are currently enrolled at Drake State, skip this step.
  3. Write a 300-500 word essay on the following prompt: What are your career goals and how will the CSI Program help you achieve these goals?
  4. Submit an updated resume.

Drake State is providing a pipeline for manufacturers

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Lockheed Martin is one of the local manufacturers partnering with Drake State. (Lockheed Martin via Facebook)

As Hville Blast reported recently, the manufacturing industry in Madison County has hundreds of jobs to fill, and this new program at Drake State aims at filling those jobs.

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing recently held a job fair to fill nearly 2,000 open positions. MTM said there are about 1,200 positions to be filled at its facility as well as about 800 positions at its partner companies in north Alabama. 

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Michael Seale
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