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Ellenwood, Georgia Resident Enrolls In Small Business Management Program After Winning Scholarship

on Friday, 29 March 2013.

Ashworth College (, a leader in online education, awarded Lisa Yates, a resident of Ellenwood, Georgia, as a recipient of the 2013 ACCESS Scholarship.

The Ashworth College Continuing Education for Student Success (ACCESS) Scholarship program was developed by the online school and awards up to $25,000 annually to new and prospective diploma and degree students who are interested in pursuing their education online in one of Ashworth College's 115+ diploma, degree and online certificate programs.

Yates found herself being challenged to balance raising children and getting her education while trying to get ahead. With the goal of starting her own business that her children could also become a part of, Yates set out to enroll in the Small Business Management program from Ashworth.

"This means a lot to me and it shows me how determined I am to make this happen…This is my dream and I will continue to push just so it can come true. I plan to keep my grades up and study hard."

The accredited Small Business Management career diploma teaches students how to find the best locations for new businesses, understand hiring procedures, manage business cash flow and more. These lessons are designed to give students an advantage when entering the work force in their chosen career field.

"Education can take skills - and income - to the next level. We're excited that through the ACCESS Scholarship program we can help create learning opportunities for those students needing something tailored to their specific situation or needs," said Dr. Leslie Gargiulo, Ashworth College Chief Academic Officer. "The ACCESS Scholarship program has already proven to be an amazing opportunity for us to recognize deserving students and to help provide the educational foundation that will help set the course for their life ahead."

"The ACCESS Scholarship program was founded to honor Ashworth's late President and CEO, Gary Keisling's personal mission of opening the doors of education to the underserved education population of America. We're excited to present these scholarships," Dr. Gargiulo added.

About the Gary Keisling ACCESS Scholarship program

Founded in 2011, the Gary Keisling ACCESS Scholarship program offers scholarships with a combined value of up to $25,000.

The ACCESS program honors the legacy of the online school's late Chairman of the Board, Gary Keisling, whose personal and professional mission was to offer affordable and accessible education to underserved populations who historically have had limited access to educational opportunities or an accredited diploma or degree.

For more than 25 years Keisling was regarded as an industry leader and advocate for continuing education. His influence on distance education will continue to benefit students for many years to come.

About Ashworth College

Celebrating 25 years of Educating Minds and Changing Lives, leading online school Ashworth College has built a tradition of excellence by offering students worldwide an extensive range of online college degrees, online certificate programs, career training and online high school diploma options that are affordable and fit the busy schedules of working adults. Headquartered in Peachtree Corners, GA. Ashworth is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. For more information, visit

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