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NORCROSS, Ga. - Ashworth College routinely holds company-wide community service events but, in 2017, members of the Student Services department took it upon themselves to start giving more.
Led by their Operations Manager Darlene Craft, the team of 40 set out to tackle hyper-local community needs on a quarterly basis. For their first service project of 2018, they collected personal care items–toothbrushes and toothpaste, dental floss, soap, disposable razors, shaving cream, combs, shampoo and conditioner, feminine hygiene products, nail clippers, hand sanitizer, facial tissue, and deodorant–and assembled them into more than 30 hygiene kits. The kits were donated to Norcross Cooperative Ministry (NCM), a non-profit that provides emergency assistance to low income and homeless neighbors in Norcross, Ga., and surrounding Gwinnett County. NCM is based just five miles from Ashworth College headquarters.
“On top of working on fun things, we get to give back,” Craft said of her team’s devotion to their service projects. “And we like to take care of everyone,” she added. “Last year we made colorful potted flowers and donated them to a senior citizens’ home up the street. We also started sponsoring Peachtree Elementary [a K - 5 school across the street from Ashworth College headquarters]. We see those kids and their families almost every day. They’re part of our community. We saw their need and we donated school supplies, books, and book bags.”
“I’m so proud of Student Services for working to meet needs where they can,” said Vice President of Student Experience Melissa Maddox. “Ashworth College has been increasing its focus on community service for more than a decade, but it’s really special for an individual department to take on even more. Darlene and her team have raised the bar on giving back to our community.”
Since 2006, the online school’s charity umbrella “Ashworth Causes” has included faculty and staff in community service projects and charity drives benefiting organizations like American Red Cross Disaster Relief, Angel Tree, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Children’s Miracle Network, Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving among others.
Ashworth College is a nationally-accredited online institution that provides flexible and affordable education to students located around the world. Areas of study include more than 125 career-focused programs in the high-demand fields of healthcare, technology, business, creative services, education, legal studies and trades. Since its founding 30 years ago, more than 300,000 students have graduated from Ashworth College with diplomas, professional certificates, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In a 2016 survey by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, 95 percent of graduates said they were satisfied with their studies and would recommend Ashworth College to a friend. For more information, visit www.ashworthcollege.edu.
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. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).