The Alabama Collective brings hands-on app development training sessions at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) campuses. Thanks to a $30,000 CSX grant, Drake State Community & Technical College will become the next HBCU to host one of the Appy Hour training sessions this week.


“Partnering with CSX is a great opportunity for our students,” said Drake State Dean of Instruction Dr. Carolyn Henderson. “This opportunity will expose students, including dual enrollment students to software application development and high-wage and high-demand technology career fields particularly in Huntsville.”


The $30,000 grant from CSX is funding “Appy Hours” to expose students to software application development. The Alabama Collective partner, Ed Farm, will provide immersive STEM training to students in the classroom.


Media professionals are invited to cover this one-day event.


Date: February 9

Time: 12 noon – 2 pm

Location: Drake State Campus Building 500, Room 510

(3421 Meridian St. N, Huntsville, AL 35811)


About Drake State Community & Technical College

Established in 1961, Drake State Community and Technical College is a historically black community college located in Huntsville, home to the fast growing, highly technical aerospace, and defense industry, including the NASA Marshall Flight Center, US Army Redstone Arsenal, and Cummings Research Parks. Drake State offers flexible, affordable university-transfer 2-year and technical degrees, certificates, adult and continuing education, and customized technical skills training for Huntsville/Madison County employers. Visit for more information.

About The Alabama Collective

Birmingham and Montgomery communities have developed a partnership through which they aspire to elevate minority tech talent and entrepreneurs. This collaborative effort, entitled, The Alabama Collective, seeks to bring together a plethora of talented tech professionals and entrepreneurs to develop and expand the state’s emerging tech, innovation, and entrepreneurial programs, while also preserving the existing infrastructure which has proven to be vital to the economic prosperity of the state. 

The Alabama Collective, led by TechMGM and Tech Birmingham, have been instrumental in the growth and development of the existing technical landscape and have collaborated diligently to stand up great initiatives like: Montgomery TechLab, Bronze Valley, EdFarm and the Lab on Dexter, a newly developed social and tech innovation facility located on historic Dexter Avenue.


About Ed Farm

Ed Farm equips educators in schools and communities with innovative tools and teaching strategies that support active learning for all students. We envision an inventive world where all people have access to the tools they need to fill or create the jobs of the future. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama Ed Farm launched February 2020 in partnership with the Apple Community Education Initiative (CEI) and the Alabama Power Foundation. Ed Farm provides immersive learning opportunities for educators and K12 students, and digital skills training to adult learners.

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Dr.Nikki Zeigler Publisher of The HBCU MAGAZINE

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