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Ashworth College Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017.

Online college experiencing significant growth and student success

Ashworth College, a global leader in online education, celebrates its 30th anniversary this spring. The nationally accredited institution provides effective, affordable and flexible online career-focused education opportunities. Ashworth College is proud to have more than 300,000 alumni across the United States and around the world.

Ashworth College originated in 1987 as a family-owned school offering a single course in real estate appraisal. The popularity of the course meant the founders knew they had filled a widespread need for high quality, career-focused distance learning. Currently, Ashworth College offers more than 125 programs spanning online career certificate, associate degree, and bachelor's degree programs. Offerings are in high-demand fields including healthcare, business, technology, education, legal studies, creative services and trades. Ashworth’s mission and academic model is centered on removing obstacles for students - from where they are now to where they want to go - whether their goal is to finish high school, advance quickly in their career, or earn a college or post-graduate degree that’s affordable and can be completed on their terms.

As one of the most responsible models of education, Ashworth College delivers high student ROI and has a student satisfaction rate above 90 percent, with more than 90 percent of students reporting that they achieved their goals upon completing their studies.

“One thing I like about Ashworth is that it’s very flexible, it’s affordable and I can do it on my own time,” said Cecilia Occhieny, who graduated in 2015 with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. “I work full-time and I’m a mother of 3 children and so it worked for me. My plan for the future is to open a kindergarten school and I have everything I need to open a school from Ashworth College.”

Ashworth College continues to build its online programs to fit an increasingly digitized student demographic while serving a sector of higher education that has grown dramatically since distance learning began in the 1800s. The progression of distance learning “delivery” has included the U.S. Postal Service, radio, television and the Internet, which enabled widespread online college programming. According to a 2015 report by the Online Learning Consortium, 5.8 million students take online courses in the United States alone, with 2.85 million taking all their courses at a distance and 2.97 million taking some, but not all, distance courses.

"Online college offerings have grown exponentially in the past three decades, and Ashworth College has become a leader in the field during this time” said Rob Klapper, CEO of Ashworth College. “We continue to increase our online course and degree options to fit the needs and aspirations of our impressive 21st century student population.”

In recognition of its 30th anniversary, Ashworth College has created a video highlighting the growth and success of online education, titled “30 Things to Know About Online Education and Distance Learning.”

About Ashworth College

Ashworth College is a nationally accredited institution that is committed to providing affordable and flexible online career-focused education opportunities. Over its 30-year history, Ashworth has graduated more than 300,000 students. Ashworth College is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. Ashworth College is devoted to providing students with a practical education so they can achieve their education and career goals on their terms.

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