Our History

Ashworth College evolved from a humble start in 1987, when it was a family-owned school offering a single course in real estate appraisal. The course was so popular that the founders knew they had filled a widespread need for high quality, career-focused distance learning. Thus, Professional Career Development Institute (PCDI) was born.

A Pioneer in Distance Learning

New distance learning courses were added and enrollments increased rapidly. In 1996, James Madison High School, a SACS-accredited online high school, became a part of the PCDI family. In 2000, we introduced online associate degree programs, followed by master's degree programs in 2004 and bachelor's degree programs in 2007. As a reflection of our leadership role in online education and our broad selection of distance learning courses, all programs merged as part of Ashworth College.

By 2007, Ashworth College boasted nearly a million graduates. We became a military-friendly school. Ashworth College is also the first accredited online school in Georgia to receive a Delta Epsilon Tau National Honor Society charter. More than 2,000 Ashworth College and James Madison High School graduates have been inducted into this international honor society.

Distance Learning Courses For Everyone

On March 17, 2012 we celebrated our 25th anniversary. We continue to grow our program choices, offering career education on your terms and granting these credentials:

Ashworth College is the affordable online college. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now!



Leonard Martin, Jr.

"When the Academic Advisor told me the cost, I couldn't believe it. The tuition is greatly affordable! The quality of courses is outstanding and the advisors were always available to answer questions."

Leonard Martin, Jr.
Recent Graduate


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