Sanford-Brown College Opens Portland Campus, Announces First President

Portland — Sanford-Brown College, which provides education in allied health care and related fields designed to prepare its graduates for related employment opportunities, announces the opening of its Portland campus, which is located at 600 SW 10th Avenue in Portland.

Current career-focused training programs being offered at the Portland campus include medical assistant and medical billing and coding. The campus also offers specialized associate degree programs in cardiovascular sonography, diagnostic medical sonography and veterinary technology.

The imaging programs in cardiovascular sonography and diagnostic medical sonography will have the Simpro Virtual Trainer available, which is intended to enhance and complement existing, proven training methods inside the classroom and at clinical sites. This exclusive technology gives students a new way to learn and will provide a convenient and effective way for students to gain experience with key clinical procedures at any time.

"This location marks our second in the Western United States," said Tom O’Donnell, vice president of operations for the Health Education Strategic Business Unit of Career Education Corporation, parent company of Sanford-Brown schools.  “As the city’s population is growing and the demand for health care jobs continues to be strong, we decided to expand our network of schools."

The Portland campus will also feature a “Service Learning” component in its classes. 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 assistant program in 2010 but it is expected to be part of nearly every program by 2011.

Rachel Saffel is the first president of SBC – Portland. Saffel has more than 20 years experience in the education industry, most recently as the executive director of Carrington College California. Saffel received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Houston and is currently in the process of earning her Master of Business degree from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Founded in 1866 when Rufus C. Crampton, a professor at Illinois College, established a school to meet the growing educational demands of post-Civil War America, there are now 21 campuses bearing the name Sanford-Brown College and 14 other affiliated campuses operating under the names of Sanford-Brown Institute. For information on enrollment, class schedules, etc. please visit

About Sanford-Brown College – Portland
Sanford-Brown College – Portland (SBC) opened in late 2010. The curriculum at SBC is designed to help students gain the specific skills and knowledge that employers are seeking. Sanford-Brown College is institutionally accredited (accredited in total) by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (DOE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). SBC – Portland is located at 600 SW 10th Avenue, Suite 400 in Portland. SBC – Portland does not guarantee employment or salary. SBC – Portland is part of the Career Education Corporation network of schools (NASDAQ: CECO). For more information, please go to


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