Women’s History Month Spotlight

Dr. Patricia Simms, Ushering in a New Era as CEO of
Drake State Community & Technical College

As America has gained a better understanding of the central role Career & Technical Education (CTE) plays in arming diverse persons with the skills,  education, and sensitivities  they need to thrive in a highly technological, innovation-driven global workforce  Dr. Patricia Simms, has assumed the helm of Drake State Community and Technical College in Huntsville, Alabama, and great things are happening!  Read More.

As fourth President of Drake State Community & Technical College in Huntsville, AL, Dr. Patricia Sims is transforming the college through strategic initiatives and targeted efforts focused on serving more students through a quality and innovative community college education.

Under Dr. Sims’ leadership, Drake State became the first community college and only HBCU community college to receive a Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center for research. Drake State has also developed strong partnerships with area employers with the goal of building the workforce especially in areas of need like advanced manufacturing, computer information systems, and health sciences.

Engaged throughout the Huntsville community and the State, Dr. Sims is the first African American women to serve on the board of the Alabama State Port Authority. She also serves in leadership for a variety of organizations including the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust, Burritt Memorial Committee, the WEDC Foundation and Downtown Huntsville, Inc.  Her passion for education and service is evidenced through her work with organizations such as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Association for University Women, and the International Women’s Forum- Alabama.

“There is a shared vision among my colleagues and me to take our work beyond what was ever thought it could be. It’s exciting and rewarding to contribute to the betterment of our students, our community and the State of Alabama.”