SAM Tech Named to Victory Media’s 2017 Military Friendly® Schools List

Houston, TX (November 17, 2016) — The School of Automotive Machinists & Technology (SAM Tech) announced today that it has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs℠, and Military Spouse. First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,700 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,273 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media 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 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.

“Being named a Military Friendly School for the fifth year in a row is an honor for which we are very proud,” said Linda Massingill, Executive Director of The School of Automotive Machinists & Technology. “We appreciate all these veterans have sacrificed in defending this great country of ours. We are glad to be able to help the students and their families in any way possible. We at SAM Tech understand the importance of continuing one’s education in an effort to find a career after military service.”

According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”

For more information about SAM Tech’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit Sam Tech’s website at

About Military Friendly® Schools

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 EY. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at:

About SAM Tech

Since 1985, the School of Automotive Machinists & Technology, based in Houston, TX, has provided the motorsports industry with well-trained graduates. The realization of the need for qualified performance engine builders originated with founders and owners Judson and Linda Massingill. SAM Tech offers five programs to qualify students to become engine machinists: certificates in engine block, cylinder head, CNC machining, EFI tuning and an associate of applied science degree in automotive engine/block & cylinder head machining. SAM Tech has placed graduates with top race teams in NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar and other series. The school also campaigns a COPO in NHRA Stock Eliminator, crewed by SAM Tech students. For more information, visit

About Victory Media

Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational, and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur®, STEM Jobs℠, and Military Friendly® brands. Learn more about Victory Media at

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