updated 12/16/2010 10:16:40 AM ET 2010-12-16T15:16:40

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 16, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stanbridge College, located in Irvine, California, has been recognized as one of America's Best Technical Colleges® by the Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. This recognition is based upon Stanbridge College's very low student loan default rate compiled by the U.S. Department of Education for the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programs.

(Photo: http://nursing.stanbridge.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Best-Tech-College-Seal.jpg )

"We recognize those institutions whose student loan default rate is below the national average for institutions within their classification as being indicative of greater student support, course offerings relevant to economic growth as well as workforce career success," said Lewis T. Lindsey, Jr., President of Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. "These attributes are exactly what prospective students should seek and expect in the institution they select to attend."

"Stanbridge College is pleased to be recognized as one of America's best technical colleges," said Yasith Weerasuriya, President of Stanbridge College. "We are committed to providing students with high quality learning opportunities," he continued, "Our academic rigor is designed to prepare students for leadership and a successful career."

About Stanbridge College

Irvine, California based Stanbridge College is a co-educational technical college with an annual enrollment of over 600 students. Founded in 1996, Stanbridge is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges, ACCSC and offers Diploma, Associate and Bachelor of Science degree programs in Vocational Nursing, Information Technology and Accounting.

Stanbridge College is a 2008-2009 ACCSC School of Excellence Award Recipient from the Accrediting Commission of Career schools & Colleges (ACCSC) and has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Stanbridge College has maintained one of the highest continuous pass rates in California since 2007on the NCLEX national nursing board exam with a 99% cumulative pass rate for 2009.

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About Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc.

Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. is an independent research and consulting organization that specializes in the recruiting and retention of students for institutions of higher education. As part of its mission, IR&E, Inc. identifies accredited colleges and universities that offer exceptional educational opportunities. IR&E, Inc. also publishes America's Best 100 College Buys, America's Best Private Colleges, America's Best Public Colleges, America's Best Christian Colleges and America's Best Small Colleges.

Note: A complete analysis of the U.S. Department of Education's student loan default rates is available at: www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/defaultmanagement/search_cohort.cfm

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