North Alabama Homebuilding Academy Partners with Drake State for Construction Certification Program

The North Alabama Homebuilding Academy and Drake State Community & Technical College are partnering to provide students the opportunity to advance their skills and earn college credit for their experience and training.  

Today’s 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.

Rep. Howard Sanderford; Larry Durham of North Alabama Homebuilding Academy; Rep. Laura Hall; Dr. Patricia Sims, president of Drake State Community & Technical College; Barry Oxley of . Huntsville Madison County Builders Association; Rep. Andy Whitt; Rep. Rex Reynolds, Rep. Mike Ball

Through the 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 Builders 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 tomorrow’s skilled workers.” 

Drake State President Dr. Patricia Sims emphasized the opportunities the partnership makes available.

“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,” she said. “We see it as a way to help  develop the workforce in our community and provide more career pathways for students.” 

For information on NAHA, students must be over 18, call 256-536-2602 or visit