updated 10/8/2010 3:45:18 AM ET 2010-10-08T07:45:18

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Oct. 7, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sanford-Brown, a leading provider of healthcare education, announced that students from all of its affiliated campuses will participate in a nationwide "Give Back Day" on October 20, 2010. Sanford-Brown's Give Back Day, which coincides with National Medical Assistant Recognition Day, will allow medical assistant students at each of the campuses, as well as students in other programs, faculty and staff, to demonstrate the positive impact they can make as a team in their local communities.

Activities occurring on various campuses include blood and bone marrow drives, general health screenings, vision screenings, athletic screenings, and pet screenings. Activities that students and faculty will participate in off-campus include volunteering at nursing homes, shelters, food banks and clinics.

Sanford-Brown is also launching a Service Learning component to each curriculum at each campus. This enhancement to curricula is intended to provide an opportunity to engage students in the educational process by requiring them to apply their classroom learning to help solve real-life problems. The curriculum will require each student to participate in Service Learning activities as they progress in their programs. This will be initiated in the Medical Assisting program in 2010 but it is expected to be part of nearly every program at each campus nationwide as of 2011.

"The combination of experiential learning and community service will help students see first-hand how their efforts benefit those around them," said George Grayeb, senior vice president of the Health Education Strategic Business Unit of Career Education Corporation, parent company of Sanford-Brown schools. "This will help students become active, contributing citizens and community members even before they graduate from Sanford-Brown."

Each Service Learning project will utilize skills learned in the classroom based on the student's specific program. For example, a student in the medical assistant program might work at a blood drive, flu shot clinic and/or vision screening while a student in the pharmacy technician program could provide poison prevention education to local youth organizations and/or assistance in disposing of expired prescriptions. Similarly, a student in any of Sanford-Brown's veterinary technology programs would focus his or her efforts on animals and pet owners while a student in a dental assistant program would provide dental screenings or other dental services to those who are disadvantaged.

At the end of any Service Learning activity, students will reflect in writing and presentations how the activity related to their program and benefitted the communities they serve.

For more information, please visit http://sanfordbrowncares.com .

About Sanford-Brown

The Sanford-Brown name dates back to 1866 when Rufus C. Crampton, a professor at Illinois College, established a school to meet the growing educational demands of post-Civil War America. Today, there are 19 campuses bearing the name Sanford-Brown College (SBC) and there are 15 other affiliated campuses operating under the names of Sanford-Brown Institute (SBI) and SBI Campus-an affiliate of Sanford-Brown. Sanford-Brown is a career training and non-degree and degree-granting institution. Programs vary by location. Sanford-Brown Colleges and Institutes are part of the Career Education Corporation (Nasdaq:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools.  Most Sanford-Brown Colleges and Institutes are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). SBI - Monroeville and Pittsburgh are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Sanford-Brown does not guarantee employment or salary. For more information about the Sanford-Brown schools please visit http://www.sanfordbrown.edu/ .

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