Drake State receive new electrical vehicle chargers through TVA partnership

The college will now have two new Level 2 electrical vehicle chargers for the Automotive Services program.
Published: Aug. 21, 2023 at 11:46 AM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Drake State Community and Technical College will be partnering with the Tennessee Valley Authority in helping build a sustainable future.

The school held a press conference on Monday morning to discuss the impact of receiving two electrical vehicle chargers for students in the Automotive Services program, plus an additional $15,000 towards installation.

The partnership between Drake State and TVA is an opportunity to embrace the energy system of the future. The school said the new addition to the school will combine the expertise and resources of both institutions to inspire more educational institutions and businesses in not only the Tennessee Valley.

The Level 2 electric vehicle chargers will highlight more of TVA’s dedication to supporting local communities and fostering innovative solutions for the future. TVA has been a leader in many energy initiatives, and its support along with Drake State will push more in education, research, and practical implementation.

Jared Mitchem an official with the TVA says the program implementation will also help students find a career in the field after graduation.

“People will hire as many skilled electricians, and technicians as they can crank out of Drake State each year,” Mitchem said. “There is absolutely a demand in Huntsville and north Alabama as it continues to grow in the Tennessee Valley region more broadly. There is a demand for a skilled workforce and there are lots of opportunities here.”

Mitchem adds that with the continued growth, more businesses will be coming to north Alabama in helping boost the local economy and provide even more opportunities for students to thrive after graduation.

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