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Ashworth Celebrates 2021 Graduate of the Year Finalists

Written by Autumn Granza on Tuesday, 12 October 2021. Posted in Success Stories

Graduates celebrating.

At Ashworth College, we’re proud of our alumni who are off launching their careers and doing inspiring work. This year, we received over 200 Graduate of the Year submissions. All of you who applied had inspiring stories! These three finalists really stood out. Join us in congratulating our 2021 Graduate of the Year finalists.

Brittany Garcia, Healthcare Administration Graduate

Brittany accepted that college was not in her future. But, when a hurricane destroyed her town, she lost her home and job.

A military wife, Brittany and her family moved across the country. That’s when she went from having a career to being a stay-at-home mom and decided to focus on school.

After completing two career diploma programs with Penn Foster, Brittany felt confident enough to pursue her associate degree with Ashworth College. She enrolled in our Healthcare Administration Associate Degree Program.

“With the flexibility and support that Ashworth provided, I finished the program in record time,” she said.

Brittany then enrolled in our Healthcare Management Bachelor’s Degree Program.

The first woman in her family to graduate from college, Brittany has now begun studying for her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, which includes a pathway or a Ph.D.

“This school has opened so many doors, windows, I mean you name it, to provide an amazing future for myself and for my daughter as well,” she said.

Listen to Brittany’s full story on our Alumni Spotlight Podcast.

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Monelle Alexis, Marketing Graduate

Excited about success, Monelle was looking to advance her career when she found Ashworth College.

With a background in communications, she believed marketing was the natural next step. Looking for a college that was both flexible and affordable, she enrolled in our online Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Program.

“I found Ashworth the perfect marriage between affordability and flexibility and that was perfect for me,” she said.

As an online student, Monelle enjoyed that she was able to work at her own pace.

Prior to graduating, Monelle started Your Marketer, where she offers marketing services to contracted clients. Once she graduated, Monelle began working at Dominica State College as a Public Relations and Recruitment Officer and has recently earned the position as Communications Consultant at Dominica-China Friendship Hospital.

Communications Consultant at Dominica-China Friendship Hospital. “I do all things marketing and I’m able to do that largely because of the knowledge I got from Ashworth,” she said.

Listen to Monelle’s full story on our Alumni Spotlight Podcast.

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Lindsay Howard, Computer Information Management and Computer Information Systems Graduate

Lindsay used the time the pandemic offered to take her education seriously.

A desire to make herself more marketable and potentially earn more in the future gave Lindsay the boost she needed to enroll. Lindsay completed our Computer Information Management Undergraduate Certificate Program and our Computer Information Systems Associate Degree Program.

“I started out as a digital marketing coordinator as I started my program,” she said. “After completing my degree program, I was able to procure many interviews with higher paying positions. Only a week after graduating, I was offered a position as a digital marketing manager. I love my new position.”

Lindsay enjoyed learning online at her own pace and by learning self-discipline she said she was able to focus and study every night.

“I’m happy to say that I feel like I definitely got my [return on investment] with Ashworth,” she said.

Listen to Lindsay’s full story on our Alumni Spotlight Podcast.

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