Sanford-Brown Expands Student Service-Learning Opportunities With National Association Of Free Clinics

December 19, 2011

New Partnership Reinforces Sanford-Brown’s Continued Focus on Service Learning Opportunities and Commitment to Local Communities

Schaumburg, Ill., December 5, 2011 — Beginning this fall, Sanford-Brown, which provides education in allied health care and related fields at more than 35 campuses nationwide, is teaming up with the National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC) to create service-learning and externship opportunities for its students in the communities where they live and study. This new partnership also expands the school’s commitment to giving back to those in need as NAFC works to advocate and provide resources for its more than 1,200 free clinics across the United States.

Sanford-Brown’s career-focused training programs are designed to encourage students to take their classroom skills into the community to address critical health needs. Students who perform service learning or externships in NAFC clinics will be able to apply their new skills from program studies such as Medical Assisting, Emergency Medical Services and Respiratory Therapy.

“As an increasing number of Americans rely on free clinics for their healthcare needs, the demand for trained healthcare staff at free clinics is also growing,” said from Nicole Lamoureux Busby, Executive Director of the National Association of Free Clinics. “We’re looking forward to having Sanford-Brown students work alongside our teams as we bring health services to even more people in need.”

Sanford-Brown currently has relationships with thousands of clinical affiliates that provide students with practical, on-the-job experiences through externship opportunities or specialized service learning programs. Some Sanford-Brown campuses also offer free dental-clinics right on campus. The schools place an emphasis on students working within the community, in part by writing service learning directly into the curriculum and encouraging students to give back. The service learning program is intended to engage students in the educational process by requiring them to apply their classroom learning to provide important healthcare support in their community.

“It’s so valuable for our students to gain experience using their hard-earned skills in real life situations, especially when those situations benefit their families, friends and local communities,” said Todd Prehm, vice president of business development for Sanford-Brown. “NAFC shares our common interests in training compassionate healthcare professionals to serve the community, and this is an incredible opportunity for our students gain experience with a number of different types of clinics and services.”

Through this partnership with NAFC, Sanford-Brown students will volunteer their time and skills at free NAFC health clinics in their area – providing services based on the need of the clinic and the community. Students will also provide specific healthcare services for clinics such as Adult Primary Care Clinics, Dental Clinics, Teen Clinics, and Women’s Clinics.

About National Association of Free Clinics
The National Association of Free Clinics is the only nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is solely focused on the issues and needs of more than 1,200 free clinics and the people they serve in the United States.

Founded in 2001 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., the NAFC is an effective advocate for the issues and concerns of free clinics, their volunteer workforce of doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, technicians and other health care professionals, as well as the patients served by free clinics in communities throughout the nation.

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 23 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. Programs vary by location.

Sanford-Brown Colleges and Institutes are part of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools.  All 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) and also by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Sanford-Brown cannot guarantee employment or salary.  Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at  For more information about the Sanford-Brown schools please visit

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