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Our History

Ashworth College was founded in 1987 as Professional Career Development Institute (PCDI) and in 1988 graduated its first nine students. PCDI quickly became a premier, nationally accredited provider of distance learning courses for those seeking vocational education.

Becoming a Distance Learning Leader

In 1996, James Madison High School, a SACS-accredited online high school, became a part of the PCDI family. In 2000, we introduced online associate degree programs, followed by master’s degree programs in 2004 and bachelor’s degree programs in 2007. As a reflection of our leadership role in online education and our impressive selection of career training distance learning courses and degree programs, all programs merged under the Ashworth College umbrella.

By 2007, Ashworth College boasted nearly a million graduates. We became a military-friendly school, ensuring that service members, their spouses and veterans can maximize their military education benefits. Ashworth College is also the first accredited online school in Georgia to receive a Delta Epsilon Tau National Honor Society charter. More than 2,000 Ashworth College and James Madison High School graduates have been inducted into this international honor society.

Celebrating Our 25th Anniversary in Distance Learning

On March 17, 2012 we celebrated our 25th anniversary. We continue to grow our distance learning offerings, which currently include:

We strive to keep our course offerings fresh and relevant. You’re invited to achieve your aspirations at Ashworth College. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.