Sanford-Brown Institute Program Director Receives Honor

March 18, 2010

Career Education Corporation Recognizes Garden City Instructor for Leadership

Garden City, N.Y. (March 20, 2010) – Career Education Corporation recently announced that Thomas Fridley, West Islip Native and Pharmacy Technician Program Director at Sanford-Brown Institute – Garden City, received its “Educator of the Year” award in the Leadership category. The Leadership award recognizes positive role modeling and collaboration with peers and the outside community; the ability to lead new projects while assuming responsibility for the outcome; interest in the improvement of campus life and volunteerism; and the demonstration of a high level of professionalism.

The ceremony will take place at the Performing Arts Center at Adelphi University in Garden City. The guest speaker will be James W. Baker, Director of Radiology/Cardiology at Plainview & Syosset Hospital. Tony Emerson, Director of Career Services, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

"As a pharmacy educator, I feel it is my duty to be a leader to students, other educators and practitioners already in the field," said Fridley. "Although the profession of pharmacy is hundreds of years old, the role of a pharmacy technician is still in its infancy stages. As each year passes, the roles and responsibilities of the technician expand. This creates challenges for technician educators and current practitioners alike."

It was those challenges that prompted him to leave the field to pursue a career as an educator. He had a vision that pharmacy technician education should be standardized and the scope of practice clearly defined in each state. Since accepting his current position at SBI-Garden City, he has taken measurable steps towards making that vision a reality. Aside from his role in the educating pharmacy technicians, Fridley is also involved in the training and development of the entire faculty in Garden City.

"This has also been a great source of pride for me, as I enjoy helping to continually develop a faculty that is second to none," said Fridley.

Additionally, Fridley worked to make sure the Pharmacy Technician program at SBI-Garden City was the first of 11 CEC schools to submit for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accreditation and the first program in New York State to acquire it. ASHP is considered to be one of the most stringent, nationally recognized pharmacy accrediting bodies. Fridley used this experience to help 10 additional CEC schools acquire the same accreditation.

"It was extremely important to me to be a part of that process because I truly believe that helping other schools acquire the accreditation makes each program and the entire company stronger," he said.

Fridley has also helped staff dozens of pharmacies in many practice settings. This has allowed him to indirectly provide services to tens of thousands of patients. SBI-Garden City Pharmacy Technician graduates possess skills that allow the pharmacist to delegate a portion of the tremendous workload to them, reducing the likelihood of pharmacist error.

His dedication extends well beyond SBI-Garden City. As a leading advocate for New York State pharmacy technician legislature, he has worked tirelessly to help create a clear set of educational and experiential requirements. He recently had the opportunity to facilitate significant change in the Pharmacy Technician field by co-authoring bill S5034 which defines the educational requirements and scope of practice for a pharmacy technician in New York State.

"This is an accomplishment that I am truly proud of because it allowed me to help advance the future of my students and graduates while contributing to the pharmacy community in the state where I once practiced," he said.

Prior to starting at SBI - Garden City in October 2006, Fridley worked for Eckerd Pharmacy where he began his pharmacy career in 2002. He became nationally certified in 2004 by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and was designated as an Insurance and Inventory Specialist. After his time with Eckerd, Fridley was employed by CVS/Pharmacy as the Regional Intern Program Manager where he was responsible for the training and development of the Doctor of Pharmacy student employees.

About the 2010 “Educator of the Year” Award

Faculty from across the nation were selected and submitted for consideration to Career Education Corporation. Out of nearly 6000 instructors employed by schools, colleges and universities owned by CEC, 176 were nominated at the campus level in 2009. After independent judging, eight finalists and four winners were selected in four categories: Teaching, Professional Growth, Leadership and Student Success.

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 15 campuses bearing the name Sanford-Brown College (SBC) and there are 17 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

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