Love to hum "The Wedding March"? Do you get excited about a bouquet toss? Do your friends ask your advice about everything from etiquette to color schemes? Then it may be time to learn how to become a wedding planner by taking an online wedding planning course.
With our online wedding planner course, you’ll gain instant access to a wealth of wedding knowledge. Plus, earning your wedding planning chops online means studying and taking exams when it’s convenient for you--not on a school’s schedule. Why spend time locked inside a classroom when where you really want to be is out in the real world, making contacts and starting to employ what you’ve learned?
Yes, you can. Our wedding planning course is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of the methods, procedures, and techniques that professional wedding planners use in the real world. You’ll learn how to:
In addition, our online wedding planning program takes you on virtual field trips through multimedia presentations. And graduates of the Ashworth College online wedding planner course receive a one-year membership to the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC), the largest group of wedding professionals in the world. Through ABC, you’ll have:
And yes, tell your dad that “wedding planner” is a real job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the average wedding planner in 2016 made north of $47,000. Employment is projected to grow at 11% from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Translation: Love wins.
We’re not so different from the students we serve. Like them, we each have our individual goals, dreams, personal roadblocks, and vision for who want to be and where we want to go. Here at Ashworth College, we’re all about inspiring and enabling students to be their best selves, so we thought we’d share insights into what motivates our staff to GO BEYOND the ordinary and always—always—strive for more.
Every company has that person—the one who knows everyone and seems to hold the key to finding the answers to any question. At Ashworth College, that person is Online Engagement Coordinator Shawn Bryant. Or, as he’s referred to by his social media teammates, #ShawnCares.
A graduate of James Madison University and lifelong athlete, Shawn originally came to Ashworth College in 2007 as an Admissions Advisor to pay for his training to play professional football. He eventually returned to Ashworth College where his career path took him from Admissions, to Student Services, to being tapped to join the social media team.
Today, Shawn can be found behind the scenes on the social media sites (Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Facebook, etc.) for Ashworth College and sister sites James Madison High School (JMHS), Madison School of Healthcare, and PCDI-Canada, responding to questions and resolving issues.
A: I think it’s because anything I put my name on, I take seriously. I remember something our CEO, Rob Klapper said, about everyone in our company being important from the janitor to the CEO and that resonated with me. When I’m responding to students, I’m not speaking for myself—I’m speaking for Ashworth College. So I treat every issue as if I had something to do with it, personally. That helps me be the very best I can be.
A: VOTE is “Voice of the Employee” and its purpose is to give employees across the company a means to be heard. It’s also a morale booster, as we headed a number of projects like Habitat for Humanity builds, food bank drives, our annual company picnic, etc. When I was chair, I was still in admissions and student services but I had one-on-ones with our CEO, representing employee concerns. That was great training for what I do now on our social media channels.
A: I’m a puzzle-finder. My degree is in sociology with a minor in criminal justice and for a while I thought I might be a detective. My current role allows me a good bit of detective work. I trace down what was said, what the roadblock is, and put together the story of what happened, so I can bring our team members together to resolve it.
Shawn Bryant and Kamogelo Phahladira. Kamogelo traveled from South Africa to attend our 2018 graduation. She often reached out to Ashworth College on Facebook Messenger with questions and was thrilled to meet the person who helped her along the way!
A: Resolving issues! It’s great to turn a frown into a smile or just know I was able to help someone seeking answers.
A: Oddly enough, no. (Laughs). I prefer face-to-face conversations and being able to read body language and hear someone’s tone. That’s why when I receive a complaint over social media, I read the complaint over and over and over. I’m really trying to “hear” what the person is saying, so I can respond appropriately and give them the answers they need.
Many of our career training programs include certification preparation as an integral part of their course content. We ensure that content in these courses aligns specifically with the content of the corresponding exam, so that the job training you receive gets right to the heart of the skills you need to succeed. When certification is what you need to land the job, Ashworth College is here to help you make that happen!
Scroll through the study areas below to see what kinds of certification preparation our programs can offer. Click on a program name for more details about enrollment, curriculum, and tuition.
Prep to become a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) through our Medical Billing and Coding Career Diploma program. The cost of the certification exam, exam prep resources, and your official certificate and wallet ID card are included with program tuition.
The certification required for pharm techs varies based on the laws that regulate the place of employment, that’s why our Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma program preps you for two certifications – ExCPT from the National Healthcareer Association and PTCE from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Tuition covers the cost of your choice of certification exam.
Our Sterile Processing Career Diploma program preps you for Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) Certification from the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management. Tuition includes the cost of the certification exam.
Work toward adding Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) to your resume in our Medical Office Assistant Career Diploma program. Tuition covers the cost of the certification exam from the National Healthcareer Association, exam prep resources, and your official certificate and wallet ID card are covered by tuition.
A Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) Certification proves to potential employers that you have job skills that will add value to their businesses – even if you’re new to the workforce. Prep for the certification exam from the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity in our Medical Transcription Career Diploma program. Tuition includes the cost of the exam.
Undergraduate degree holders can prep to become a Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO™) in our single-semester Healthcare Compliance Graduate Certificate program. The cost of the exam from AAPC and a one-year AAPC membership are both included with tuition.
In the U.S., technicians who work with coolant must meet a skills requirement set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Prep for EPA Section 608 Certification in our Heating and Air Conditioning Career Diploma program. The cost of the certification exam from the ESCO Institute is included with tuition.
Prep for a variety of tests in the ASE-Certified Master Automobile Technicians series with one or all of our automotive programs. Whether you’re a weekend hobbyist or aspiring professional mechanic, ASE-aligned training meets an industry standard. Study for tests A1, A4, A5, and A6 in our Automotive Technician Career Certificate program; A2 in our Automotive Automatic Transmissions Career Certificate program; A3 in our Automotive Manual Drive Trains Career Certificate program; A7 in our Automotive HVAC Career Certificate program; or A8 in our Automotive Engine Performance Career Certificate program.
Getting certified in AutoCAD is the first step of your professional path in computer-aided design and drafting. Our AutoCAD Career Diploma program is affordable, self-paced prep for Autodesk AutoCAD Certified User Certification. Tuition covers the certification exam, a practice test, and a retest.
A+ certifications on your resume can establish you as a top-grade candidate in the eyes of IT employers. In our Computer Service and Repair Career Diploma program, you’ll prep for CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902 certification exams delivered at Pearson VUE testing Centers. Tuition covers the cost of both exams.
National Bookkeepers Association certifications assure potential employers that your skills meet a national standard. Depending on your desired job path, you can prep for their Uniform Bookkeeper Certification Exam in our Accounting Basics Career Diploma program or our Bookkeeping Career Diploma program. Tuition includes the exam, practice test, and your official certificate.
Prep for the Uniform Tax Certification Exam by the National Bookkeepers Association by enrolling in our Tax Preparation Career Diploma program. Tuition includes the exam, practice test, and your official certificate.
Our Payroll Clerk Career Diploma program preps you for the Uniform Payroll Certification Exam by the National Bookkeepers Association. Tuition includes the exam, practice test, and your official certificate. Tuition includes the exam, practice test, and your official certificate.
Food preparation is highly-regulated by local public health agencies and federal laws. Earning your ServSafe® Food Handler Certification is a must if you’re headed toward a hospital career. Prep for the National Restaurant Association exam in our Hotel and Restaurant Management Career Diploma program, or our Gourmet Cooking and Catering Career Diploma program.
Having your Personal Trainer Certification (CPT) boosts your value in the eyes of potential clients in the competitive wellness market. Our Personal Trainer Career Diploma programs preps you for the certification exam from the National Council on Strength and Fitness. Tuition includes the cost of the exam and a practice test.
If you have questions about our certification prep programs please contact one of our Admissions Advisors at 1-800-957-5412.
In our GO AFTER IT blog series, you'll meet fellow students and grads who committed themselves to chasing their dreams and proving it pays to GO AHEAD toward better opportunities — no matter the obstacles to be overcome.
Kamogelo Phahladira’s accomplishments are monumental, yet she speaks softly and modestly about them, her pride coming across only occasionally in the form of a self-conscious giggle. Not merely the first in her family to graduate with a college diploma, Kamogelo completed two Ashworth College programs in the space of 12 months. And this young South African woman from an economically disadvantaged family did it by overcoming obstacles others might never dream of.
Kamogelo’s educational odyssey began in September 2017, when she arrived in the U.S. from South Africa as an au pair recruited by a cultural exchange organization that brings international students to the U.S. to provide nanny services to a host family while they study. The company promised Kamogelo “money for college” as part of her compensation package, but when she arrived in the U.S. she quickly discovered the $500 educational stipend offered by the company wouldn’t begin to cover tuition costs at any bricks-and-mortar university.
“I signed up with the cultural exchange program mainly for the potential to earn a college degree while I worked, but I realized there was no way I could afford to attend college on $500,”
Kamogelo explained, “so my father suggested I return home. But meanwhile I decided to look online for a college I might be able to afford, and I discovered Ashworth College.”
Perhaps because of her too-good-to-be-true experience with the cultural exchange organization, Kamogelo at first took a skeptical view of Ashworth College. “I investigated them very thoroughly,” she said. “I read reviews and watched YouTube videos of their graduation ceremony to be sure they were a real college.”
Meanwhile, Kamogelo returned to her hometown of Johannesburg, South Africa, and took a job as a nanny there. Convinced Ashworth College was the real deal, Kamogelo enrolled in the paralegal career diploma program. “I really enjoyed that program, especially working at my own pace,” Kamogelo said. “It allowed me to complete the degree very quickly.”
But why not just attend college in South Africa?
“The curriculums for programs like paralegal or forensic science are not very good in my country,” Kamogelo explained, “and education is very expensive here. For me, coming from a poor background, it would be hard to complete a degree in South Africa because it’s too expensive, but Ashworth College was very affordable and has been a stepping stone to greater things for me.”
Indeed, Kamogelo’s success in completing the paralegal diploma so quickly – with honors, no less – led her to consider taking a second program: the forensic science career diploma. And this decision unwittingly launched Kamogelo into her dream career.
“My local newspaper wrote up a small article about my educational accomplishments, which must have been seen by the South African Police Services (SAPS). They contacted me to offer me a position in forensics, sort of like an internship,” she said. “I can’t tell you how exciting that was.”
Asked what motivated her to study hard and graduate with honors from two Ashworth College programs, Kamogelo credits her family and friends. “When my parents and some friends told me they were saving up money to travel to America to watch me walk the stage at graduation, I felt very motivated to do my best with my studies,” Kamogelo said.
Today, the sky’s the limit for this ambitious young woman, whose ultimate goal is to work in crime scene investigation. So what would she say to other prospective students who may face financial barriers or other obstacles to an education? “Don’t limit yourself” is her quick response. And that’s good advice for anyone who has not yet discovered the benefits of the affordable online education offered by Ashworth College.