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Savannah Technical College is designated a Purple Heart Technical College

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College earned the designation of Purple Heart Technical College by the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 596 this week. Several military affiliated STC students are Purple Heart recipients. Many others have been directly or indirectly engaged in combat when a fellow service member was killed or wounded in action.

“Savannah Technical College appreciates the sacrifices that our students who are Purple Heart recipients made in defending our freedom,” said STC President Dr. Kathy S. Love. “We believe it’s important to acknowledge their courage and show them honor and support that they have earned. We pledge to support those who serve and have served through which together, we build strong communities and provide a great atmosphere for learning and awareness.”

The Purple Heart is a combat decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces, who die or become wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy. It is also awarded posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action. The Purple Heart was initially created as the Badge of Military Merit by General George Washington in 1782. It is the first American service award or decoration made available to the common soldier, and is the oldest military decoration in present use.

The “Military Order of the Purple Heart” was formed in 1932; for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients. The Order is the only veterans’ service organization comprised strictly of “combat” veterans. Its mission is to foster an environment of goodwill among the combat-wounded veteran members and their families, promote patriotism, support legislative initiatives, and most importantly make sure that Americans never forget to recognize the price that servicemen and women have paid for our nation’s freedom.

In 2016, Savannah Tech was ranked first in the U.S. by Military Times as Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2017 rankings and has been named a Military Friendly School and Military Spouse Friendly School for the past few years. One in four STC students is a veteran, active duty service member or a military dependent/spouse. The College waives all general mandatory fees for active duty service members using military tuition assistance. In 2015, Savannah Tech opened a Veteran’s Service Center at the Savannah campus. Savannah Tech has the largest enrollment of military-affiliated students in the Technical College System of Georgia.

For more information about military services or enrollment, visit www.savannahtech.edu/military or contact Ashmen (912.443.4155 or jashmen@savannahtech.edu). 

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 Technology, Public Service, 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.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degree, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit. Contact SACSCOC for questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College. All questions about admission, enrollment, job placement, and related matters should be directed to an appropriate office at Savannah Technical College. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane Decatur, GA 30033-4097, 404-679-4500.                                                                   

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#1740 | April 21, 2017

Military services or enrollment
Jeff Ashmen
912.443.4155 or jashmen@savannahtech.edu

Media Contact: Amy Shaffer, APR
912.443.5512 or ashaffer@savannahtech.edu