Programmatic accreditation is where an independent third party, HVAC Excellence, reviews a program against set educational and industry standards. In seeking accreditation, the Drake State staff completed a self-study showing how they met each requirement. Upon completion of the self-study review, HVAC Excellence selected a group of industry veterans with combined technical, administrative, and teaching experience in the HVAC industry to validate the self-study through intense review of the program.
Drake State’s HVAC program was granted a six-year accreditation by HVAC Excellence. Drake State is one of four HVAC Excellence accredited programs in Alabama. The program director is Dexter Henry. Drake State President Helen T. McAlpine said of the accreditation,
“I am extremely proud of Mr. Henry and applaud his efforts to ensure that our students leave Drake highly skilled and very competitive in today's job market. This new designation for our college’s HVAC program is yet another example of our commitment to a program of excellence for our outstanding students," McAlpine said.