Military Friendly Schools logoSalina Area Technical College has been named a Top 10 Military Friendly® college, in the small community college category, for 2018 by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse.

Victory Media ranked Salina Tech sixth in the nation among small community colleges.

“I was thrilled when I heard the news,” said Stephani Johns-Hines, Vice President of Instruction at Salina Tech. “To be named one of the ten best small community colleges for veterans is a huge honor.”

Johns-Hines added that one of the college’s newest partnerships with the military had not been formally approved by the survey deadline and so wasn’t counted.

That program, called “Synchronous Training and Academic Credit,” or STAC, allows active duty service members to earn college credit for certain military training, and go on to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Technical Studies degree from Salina Tech.

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 weightings were developed by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Data calculations and tabulations were independently evaluated for completeness and accuracy by the accounting firm Ernst & Young.

Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet 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.

Salina Tech was founded in 1965, and now has 14 full-time programs in which students can pursue either a Technical Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science degree. It also offers numerous short-term classes throughout the year. The New York-based Aspen Institute has ranked Salina Tech in the top 10 percent of community colleges nationwide five consecutive times, and the Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked the college fifth in the nation among two-year colleges based on its graduation rate.