updated 10/29/2010 2:15:31 AM ET 2010-10-29T06:15:31

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Oct. 28, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- More than 3,300 volunteers from Sanford-Brown, a leading provider of health care education, rallied around community health needs and causes in a nationwide "Give Back Day" on October 20, 2010. This heightened level of community service involved students, faculty and staff in activities at more than 30 campuses. 

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In some cases, events spanned the week, as it was also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Oct. 17, students and staff from SBI - Garden City participated in the American Cancer Society Making Strides for Breast Cancer Awareness walk. Students and staff walked in memory of Leah Carbonell, a valued colleague and friend who lost her battle with breast cancer in January. More than 100 students, faculty and staff walked as Team Leah and raised more than $5,700 for the American Cancer Society.

On the same day, more than 240 students, faculty and staff from SBI Campus - Melville, SBI - White Plains and SBI - NYC, participated in the American Cancer Society Making Strides for Breast Cancer Awareness walk in New York. Through their combined efforts, they raised nearly $10,000 for the American Cancer Society.      

On Oct. 20, SBC - Tinley Park (Ill.) sent 25 students and faculty to plant a 'ribbon' of 500 pink tulips in the garden in front of the Tinley Park Village Hall in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. The American Cancer Society brought out cancer survivors, and Mayor Edward Zabrocki of Tinley Park came out to view the event.

In Milwaukee, the giving will continue as Sanford-Brown College (SBC) - Milwaukee announced that it is partnering with Columbia St. Mary's and New Life Presbyterian Church to staff the New Life-West Family Resource Center and offer its services to the Milwaukee community. The wellness resource center celebrated its grand opening on October 19, 2010. Several community leaders attended the grand opening, including Dr. Steve Guell, president of Sanford-Brown College - Milwaukee, Dr. Terrell Cistrunk of New Life Presbyterian Church and Bill Solberg, community services director of Columbia St. Mary's.

The New Life-West Family Resource Center is designed for the residents of Milwaukee to receive free health screenings and wellness education and will be open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sanford-Brown College - Milwaukee medical assistant students and faculty will help staff the free health center, checking vital signs, answering questions and assisting nurses. The students will assist in screening clients for high blood pressure, heart-rate irregularities, weight issues and other health concerns, and then hospital nurses will offer evaluations. Clients will be referred to physicians or treatment clinics if medical procedures, further treatment or medication are necessary. The students will also assist in ongoing wellness education programs including healthy cooking classes, diabetes management seminars, healthy pregnancy programs, healthy eating classes and more.

Other events around the country included:

  • 26 pets were micro-chipped (St. Peters, Missouri)
  • 35 dental screenings and cleanings for free (Missouri College)
  • 60 bags of trash were collected from a bike path (Cranston, R.I.)
  • 70 massages administered at a nursing home (Pittsburgh)
  • 200 bags of groceries were assembled at a food pantry (Skokie, Ill.)
  • 400 meals were delivered in conjunction with Meals on Wheels (Dallas)
  • 559 units of blood were collected (Brown College/Minneapolis, Cleveland, Dearborn, Garden City, Hillside, Indianapolis, Monroeville, Pittsburgh, San Antonio and Vienna)
  • 3100+ pounds of food were collected (Cleveland & Dearborn)

"It has been gratifying to see the results of this inaugural Give Back Day," said George Grayeb, senior vice president of the Health Education Strategic Business Unit of Career Education Corporation, parent company of Sanford-Brown schools. "We look forward to further developing the relationships with charitable organizations in the communities where Sanford-Brown's students and faculty live."

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 21 campuses bearing the name Sanford-Brown College (SBC) and there are 14 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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