Savannah Technical College was ranked #1 in the 2021-22 Military Spouse Friendly® Schools evaluation of small community colleges. The Military Friendly® Schools survey is the longest-running most comprehensive review of college and university investments in serving military and veteran students.
The top 25% of Military Friendly® Schools received the Military Spouse Friendly® School ranking based on leading practices, outcomes and effective programs for military spouses. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey.
As a military spouse, Corrine Ramos benefited from STC’s guidance for military funding and financial aid. Through STC’s military coordinator, Ramos learned about MyCAA benefits for military spouses. She also applied for and received military-affiliated scholarships from the Landings Military Family Relief Fund and STC’s Military Freedom Fund to purchase tools and insurance.
Ramos completed a Dental Hygiene Associate of Science Degree at Savannah Tech in spring 2021. As a student, she worked as an implant coordinator for Southeastern Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates. Upon graduation, she was promoted to a full-time position of patient care technician. She plans to continue her education next year with the ultimate goal of becoming a registered nurse. Her husband is an apache mechanic (E6) that completed STC’s Advanced Aviation Maintenance program in Spring 2020.
During the previous academic year, the College exceeded the Military Friendly® benchmark standards in every category to earn this ranking. It scored 100% in every category including academic policies/compliance, admissions/orientation, culture/commitment, financial aid/assistance, graduation/career and military student support/retention.
The College has the highest military-affiliated enrollment in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). One in four STC students is a veteran, active duty service member or a military dependent/spouse. For the past four years, the College has been ranked as one of the top Best for Vets public technical and career colleges in the U.S. by Military Times.
The College waives all general mandatory fees for active duty service members using military tuition assistance. Other services Savannah Tech offers for veterans include workshops and grants. The College has multiple scholarships for military-affiliated students. This includes scholarships that provide gap funding for military with U.S. Coast Guard members, a Freedom Fund to provide needs-based scholarship assistance for soldiers, veteran and spouses and a scholarship that supports Savannah Tech’s military spouses is funded by The Landings Military Family Relief Fund.
The 2021-22 Military Friendly® School list may be found at www.militaryfriendly.com. Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey response set and government/agency public data sources, within a logic-based scoring assessment. The evaluation measures the institution’s ability to meet the thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students, and specifically, for student veterans.
About Military Friendly®: The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all postsecondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration is available at www.militaryfriendly.com
Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training, and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.