We’re guessing this is you: Former college student who didn’t earn your degree, but wants to pick up where you left off and finish things up as quickly as possible.
If that’s in the right ballpark, then you’re probably wondering what you can do with those credits you already have. The good news is, you most likely don’t need to start from scratch, and you shouldn’t.
If you’re looking to make the plunge to finish off that degree that eludes you–you definitely don’t want to leave your earned credits behind. Those credits in your pocket can translate to time and money saved. And the more credits that transfer over, the more likely you are to earn your bachelor’s degree.
But we’ll say it: Transferring your college credits can be a real pain in the butt. Many four-year colleges have a maximum number of transfer credits they will allow, and some even have a minimum. There are minimum grade requirements, equivalency numbers, expiration dates, electives and more; it gets messy fast.
A provider of flexible and affordable online education, Ashworth College knows how hard it can be to transfer credits from one educational institution to another. That’s why Ashworth makes transferring college credits easy. Ashworth College accepts transfer credits for candidates for Associate's, Bachelor's and Master's Degree programs.
Recently, when Heritage College announced the closure of all 10 of its campuses, Ashworth knew it had to step in to fill the void. Knowing how difficult it is to transfer credits from healthcare and vet tech programs, Ashworth made special accommodations to accept eligible transfer students from Heritage College. Ashworth is also here for displaced students from other shuttered institutions.
The first thing you’ll need to do is enroll in your degree program of choice with Ashworth College. To do this, you can give admissions a call at 1-800-957-5412 or simply enroll online.
Keep in mind, Ashworth only accepts college transfer credits from accredited schools, meaning an institution that meets a set of established standards. If you’re not sure, call the university or college where you earned your credits and ask, or look the school up on the U.S. Department of Education’s database.
The sooner you get your transcript in, the faster Ashworth’s team can apply your eligible transfer credits to your program.
You can also mail your transcript to this address:
6625 The Corners Parkway, Suite 500
Norcross, GA 30092
Ashworth’s registrar will evaluate your transcript and provide you with access to take any exams that you are eligible for. These include Life/Work exams, which allow you to transfer in credit for knowledge you’ve accumulated through employment or life experience. Associate’s degree students are eligible for up to five transferrable credits, while Bachelor’s degree students will be eligible for up to 10.
If this applies to you, you will be directed to download a form and send it in once you are enrolled.
It depends! But Ashworth College students must take at least 25 percent of your program of study to graduate. That means you can transfer up to 75% of credit toward a degree program.
Those students going for a Master’s degree must take 50 percent of the program and cannot transfer in any Life/Work exams.
Once you are enrolled, it’s up to you to finish your degree, online, at your own pace.
Your program costs will vary based on how many courses you need to finish and which payment plan you choose. Ashworth College is flexible and convenient, and has monthly tuition options available to fit your budget and pay as you go. Transferring the college credits you have already earned can make your education even more affordable.
Enroll online or call now to get started: 1-800-957-5412.
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An online Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education is designed for aspiring educators who want to develop a career focused on teaching children age 4 and younger. Though you may have stayed at home with a sitter or guardian, or attended a loosely-programmed preschool or play group at that age, it’s now the 2010s and expectations for life pre-K now include structured education by teachers who have earned degrees specifically for this field.
If you have a heart for little kids and patience to boot, consider earning your online Associate Degree and preparing for a job as a preschool teacher! The main goal of preschool is for toddlers to gain language, motor, and social skills while having lots and lots of fun.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for preschool teachers is projected to increase 10% between 2016 and 2026.* That’s a faster-than-average growth projection for all occupations during the same time period. Since the typical requirement for launching a career as a preschool teacher is the completion of an Associate Degree, that leaves plenty of time to get started, graduate, and secure a position in this growing field.
Positions for preschool teachers are available through Head Start programs, private early childhood education centers, churches and faith-based schools, as well as through tutoring, nannying, and at-home childcare services.
As more school systems throughout the U.S. enroll first-generation citizens from non-English-speaking homes, there’s a growing need for trained teachers who can help the youngest of students learn English. Becoming a preschool teacher who works with English Language Learners (ELLs) is a unique way to apply your passion for ECE to a demographic of children who can greatly benefit from your language skills.
If private childcare and teaching is more your style—and you have a sense of adventure—use your ECE degree to become an au pair for a family outside the U.S., or nanny for a foreign family that’s recently moved to the U.S. In both situations, your training will bolster the children’s English-speaking skills and you’ll gain a world of knowledge about another culture.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Preschool Teachers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/preschool-teachers.htm (visited October 31, 2018).
Look at you! You got swole and you loved it so much you’ve decided to help others get swole. What’s your next step? Professional certification! You already look the part of a legit personal trainer and that’s excellent for marketing your skills. But it’s a professional certification that really shows your potential clients that you’re qualified to train them. In other words, it gives them permission to trust you right from the start.
Don’t worry, training your brain for certification won’t take as long as training your body into the best physical shape of your life. You also don’t have to go anywhere to get it done; you can learn everything you need to know with online personal training courses at Ashworth College. Our Personal Trainer Career Diploma program can be completed in as few as four months and you can study at your own pace.
The program curriculum aligns with the standards set by the National Council on Strength and Fitness and helps prep you specifically for their Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification exam. Because of the NCSF mission to promote high levels of professional competency, ethics, and safety, their CPTs are considered highly-reputable industry wide.
There are nearly a dozen well-known certification programs available for aspiring personal trainers. They feature a range of costs, time commitments, and reputation levels. Here are some reasons why Ashworth College chose to base our program on the NCSF-CPT exam:
By the way, when you enroll in the Personal Trainer Career Diploma program at Ashworth College, you’ll also have the cost of the NCSF-CPT exam, practice test, study guides, and a 1-year membership covered by tuition! Once you graduate, you’ll be ready to sit for your exam without jumping through hoops. We’ll help you get prepped and get done so you can start pursuing your passion for personal training with confidence.
If your job no longer excites you as much as it once did, you may need to consider changing careers. It seems like an intimidating idea at first, but no matter where you are in your work life, making a career change could be the solution that leads to a happier, more successful you.
Before you can find success tackling something new, you have to understand what you’re leaving behind. Acknowledging that you are not happy with your current job–and figuring out why–is the first step to making a career change. Many people who are unhappy at work fall into one of these categories:
Feelings of discontent are extremely common when it comes to the working life and nearly everyone feels them to some degree at one time or another. But if you’re feeling unhappy at work more often than not, for your own health and well-being, you need to be proactive about making a change on your own terms.
Step one of finding a new path is homing in on what exactly you want to change and why. Write down your "wants" and your "don’t wants” about work. You’re not signing any dotted lines here, you’re just making notes for your own personal reference. Put everything on the table no matter how selfish or outrageous it seems because drawing hard lines between what you want and don’t want makes every step towards a new career much more likely to result in success.
If you need some guidance thinking through your feelings about your work, take this quick quiz to find out what kind of a career change might best suit your needs. You may benefit from a little tweak or you may be inspired to tackle something totally new.
One you figure out what kind of career change will inspire you, you can start taking steps toward it. In some cases, you may just need to ask the boss for a new opportunity or project that will challenge you without taking you too far from your current role. That could require a refresh of your skills, or a few steps into a new subject area. Earning a career-specific certification can be a smart investment here. You can expand your opportunities at work by digging deeper into a creative skill, business skill, trade, or something totally new.
If you’ve determined you need to make a drastic career change, you may need to start a new degree, or finish one you didn’t complete. Don’t worry! Returning to college is not as scary as it seems. The right school can be affordable and flexible to fit into your already busy schedule.
Check out the opportunities here at Ashworth College. We provide online diploma, degree, certificate and career training programs that give you freedom and flexibility to pursue additional education on your time, from your own home, and without the need for Federal student loans. You may find yourself in that dream career a lot faster than you thought possible.