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Who we are

Ashworth College is built for the real world. The benefits of online learning can be life-changing—and should be accessible to all. That’s why our affordable programs are designed with you in mind. We empower you to learn in a way that fits your very busy, and very real, life.

Why learn online?

YOUR LIFE

Customize your studies to fit your busy schedule.

YOUR CAREER

Develop the in-demand skills employers demand.

YOUR MOVE

Fulfill your potential. No barriers, no compromises.

Our mission

To empower students to achieve their aspirations through flexible, convenient, affordable, and highly relevant educational programs.

President's message

Welcome to Ashworth College! Our nationally accredited institution has helped tens of thousands of students earn online College Degrees, Career Diplomas, and Career Certificates that have helped them succeed. Now, it's your turn.

Ashworth College History

Our history

Since 1987, Ashworth College has grown from a family-owned school to a leading online institution. But our founding principle hasn’t changed: we’re here to provide affordable, career-focused, online learning that fits our students’ lives.

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Ashworth College Faculty

Our faculty

For our career instructors and degree faculty, we bring in top subject matter experts (SMEs) with first-hand experience in their fields and the know-how to help you succeed. You’ll get to know our team of educators, advisors, and administrators as they help you reach your full potential.

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Learning experience

So how does online college work? There are no long commutes or mandatory lectures, of course—but we're truly set apart by our focus on flexible schedules, real-world skills, and independent learning.

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  • Enroll any day of the year
  • Start right away
  • Progress at your own pace
  • Take exams online
Graduationi

Graduation

We hold a graduation ceremony every year to give students a chance to celebrate their accomplishments.

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Career Services

Career Services

When you need guidance to grow your career, the Ashworth EDGE is the career services portal that can help you.

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Graduate success stories

Kimberly Price Testimonial

STUDENT SUCCESS STORY

"For a stay-at-home Mom it was the best program ever, and my advice to anyone...."

Kimberly Price, Associate Degree in Accounting

STUDENT SUCCESS STORY

"Being at Ashworth College made me feel a part of something."

I really would recommend it for anybody. There is no reason not to go to school, especially with a place like Ashworth, because it’s giving you the opportunity to better yourself and gain a sense of accomplishment. It was an amazing experience, it really was. My instructors got back to me, my exams were graded in a timely manner. I never had an issue with Ashworth.

Susan Donaldson, Career Diploma in Home Health Aide and Associate Degree in General Studies

Our schools

Accreditation and partners

At Ashworth College, we're committed to achieving the very highest standards in distance learning, school performance, and student results.

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Ashworth News

Ashworth College Student Services Delivered the (Canned) Goods in Latest Charity Drive

NORCROSS, GA. - In its first community service effort supporting Norcross Cooperative Ministry (NCM) in 2019, the Ashworth College Student Services department held a Canned Goods Challenge. The goal was two-fold: to help restock the NCM food pantry of items depleted during the holidays and earn raffle tickets for a late-January prize drawing.

“After the holiday rush, charities that offer food and other necessities to needy families get pretty empty. We wanted to start the new year with an effort to help fill in that gap as fast as possible,” said Vice President of Student Experience Melissa Maddox. “Our staff is extremely giving, but we offered raffle tickets in exchange for donations to encourage everyone to give a little extra.”

Donations from the Student Services staff racked up enough non-perishables to earn rewards for three winners. Cowanna Davis, Shondra Gilmere, and James Barnes were each given a $10 gift card to Panera Bread.

NCM was founded in 1988 as a non-profit which provides emergency assistance to low income and homeless neighbors in Norcross, Ga., and surrounding Gwinnett County. The charity is based just five miles from Ashworth College headquarters.

Since 2006, Ashworth College has actively participated in numerous community service projects and charity drives. Local and national organizations like American Red Cross Disaster Relief, Angel Tree, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Children’s Miracle Network, Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

About Ashworth College

The Ashworth College family of online schools includes Ashworth College, Madison School of Healthcare, PCDI Canada, and James Madison High School. All three post-secondary schools are nationally-accredited online institutions that provide flexible and affordable education through more than 125 career-focused programs in the high-demand fields of healthcare, technology, business, creative services, education, legal studies, and trades while James Madison High School is a regionally-accredited secondary school that provides college prep and general education diploma programs to students of all ages. Since its founding 30 years ago, about 350,000 students have graduated from Ashworth College or its subsidiaries with diplomas, professional certificates, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. For more information, visit www.ashworthcollege.edu/why-ashworth/our-online-schools/.

Ashworth College, Madison School of Healthcare, and PCDI Canada are accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). James Madison High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) and 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).

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Talent Development Pioneer Acquires Online College to Close Middle-Skill Gaps

Penn Foster’s acquisition of Ashworth College creates continuum for middle-skill learning that extends from high school to the world of work; will help employers bridge skill and equity gaps in high-growth fields.

SCRANTON, PA and NORCROSS, GA Penn Foster, which partners with leading employers to attract, develop, and retain talent for middle-skill jobs, today announced its acquisition of Ashworth College, an accredited online institution offering degree and certificate programs in fast-growing fields, as well as high school diplomas.

“We’re creating a continuum for skills development and training built for a future where stackable, lifelong learning is an economic imperative,” said Frank Britt, CEO of Penn Foster. “Through deep integration with employers, we’re bridging the gap between education and economic opportunity across dynamic, rapidly shifting local labor markets.”

According to the National Skills Coalition, middle-skill jobs, which require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree, make up the largest part of the labor market in the United States and in each of the 50 states. Recent reports, however, confirm that employers throughout the country are often unable to find trained workers to fill these jobs.

“We’re already seeing automation and emerging technology reshape the nature of work, especially for entry-level and frontline employees in fields like retail,” said Laurie Larrea, president of Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas. “Penn Foster’s investment in the development of new pathways for learners enables us to respond to changes in our local economy by helping employers identify untapped talent, and providing job-seekers with both the hard and soft skills they need to compete.”

The high school, career, and degree programs of Ashworth College focus on high-growth middle-skilled career fields from nursing and community health to graphic design and business. The institution’s unique online community enables students to access academic assistance resources, career guidance, and other support services.

“Penn Foster shares our commitment to designing programs that matter to our most important stakeholder -- students,” said Robert Klapper, CEO of Ashworth College. “Their model and mission will enable us to deepen our collaboration with employer partners in ways that allow Ashworth College students to expand their opportunities and career pathways.”

Through partnerships with leading employers and workforce organizations including Penske Corporation, EmployBridge, the National Retail Federation, and Banfield Pet Hospital, part of the Mars Incorporated family of companies, Penn Foster’s self-paced curriculum in fast-growing middle-skill fields, including allied health, skilled trade, and retail/hospitality, is utilized by thousands of students each year.

“The workplace is changing for employers and job-seekers alike,” said Deval Patrick, Managing Director at Bain Capital Double Impact and a member of Penn Foster’s Board of Directors. “This combination helps Penn Foster reach more employers looking to build stronger workforces and more workers looking to build better futures for themselves.”

While the combination of the two institutions will create significant new opportunities for students and other institutional stakeholders, the transaction will have no impact on courses and programs offered to current students.

About Penn Foster

Penn Foster is bridging the gap between education and economic opportunity to build the workforce of tomorrow. We partner with employers to design and deliver digital and blended learning programs that attract, upskill, and retain workers in America’s fastest-growing fields and professions. Penn Foster helps individuals discover pathways to opportunity through accredited diploma, certificate and degree programs that matter in the world of work. For more information, visit https://www.pennfoster.edu/.

About Ashworth College

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 145 career-focused programs in the high-demand fields of healthcare, technology, business, creative services, education, legal studies, and trades. In a 2017 survey done for DEAC, 95 percent of students and graduates of the school’s 20 most popular programs said they were satisfied with their studies and would recommend Ashworth College to a friend. For more information, visit www.ashworthcollege.edu.

Ashworth College Knights Claim Flag Football Title, Donate Prize to Pancreatic Cancer Research

NORCROSS, GA. - It was all fun and games when Ashworth College staff members put in overtime during the fourth quarter of 2018 by participating in ZogSports Atlanta’s Co-Ed Flag Football season. The recreational league met for its championship game on Dec. 18, 2018, and the Knights defeated local engineering firm Newcomb & Boyd. To celebrate the win, ZogSports Atlanta made a donation on behalf of Ashworth College to PurpleStride, part of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN).

ZogSports began coordinating social sports leagues throughout the U.S. in 2002 with a mission to combine recreational athletics, community, and charity. Rather than awarding trophies to end-of-season champions, ZogSports donates 10% of net proceeds and 100% of the game season’s Happy Hour contributions to the winning team’s charity of choice. The Knights selected PanCAN to honor Gary Keisling, long-time Ashworth College President and CEO who succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2012. Keisling, who dedicated his career to improving educational opportunities for underserved populations, spent more than two decades as an executive in distance education. Ashworth College also honors its former leader with the Gary Keisling Ashworth College Continuing Education for Student Success Scholarship (ACCESS) Program. ACCESS awards are presented to deserving students enrolled at any of its online schools

The Ashworth College Knights 2018 ZogSports Atlanta Flag Football team included Bo Sonii, DeMarkus Thomas, and Chanel Thompson from admissions; Brian Robinson and Jackel Peters from education services; Corey Brown and Merlene George from finance; Shawn Bryant and Stephanie Foster from marketing; and James Barnes, Akilah Estrada, Isaiah Jupiter, Olivia Kirk, and Ebony Morris from student services.

For more information about the Gary Keisling ACCESS Program, please visit www.ashworthcollege.edu/news/2019-access-college-scholarship-applications-available/.

About Ashworth College

The Ashworth College family of online schools includes Ashworth College, Madison School of Healthcare, PCDI Canada, and James Madison High School. All three post-secondary schools are nationally-accredited online institutions that provide flexible and affordable education through more than 125 career-focused programs in the high-demand fields of healthcare, technology, business, creative services, education, legal studies, and trades while James Madison High School is a regionally-accredited secondary school that provides college prep and general education diploma programs to students of all ages. Since its founding 30 years ago, about 350,000 students have graduated from Ashworth College or its subsidiaries with diplomas, professional certificates, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. For more information, visit www.ashworthcollege.edu/why-ashworth/our-online-schools/.

Ashworth College, Madison School of Healthcare, and PCDI Canada are accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). James Madison High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) and 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).

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Ashworth College
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