Ashworth College Expands Popular Program by Adding Undergraduate Level Certificates to Its College Catalog

Norcross, GA, June 03, 2009 --( Ashworth College announced today that it will be expanding its undergraduate program to include Certificates. The 14 new certificate programs will join Ashworth’s existing Associate and Bachelor’s degree programs.

Comprised of one semester’s worth of undergraduate level courses within a specific area of concentration, Ashworth’s new Certificates will cover the following areas of specialty – accounting, business management, computer information management, construction management, criminal justice, early childhood education, finance, health care management, human resource management, marketing, paralegal studies, psychology, retail management, and security management.

“Undergraduate-level certificate programs are a great alternative for anyone with a high school diploma and/or associate or bachelor’s degree wanting to complete college level coursework in specific areas without completing an entire degree program,” said F. Milton Miller, Ed.D. and Ashworth Vice President, Education. “Students are able to select the courses of their choice to create a customized certificate program.”

Miller cited other advantages to Ashworth’s certificate program to include supplementing an existing degree or allowing students the opportunity to “test the waters” by completing a certificate program before committing to a degree program.

“Given the current economic state, we are seeing a number of professionals wanting to improve their marketability,” he added. “If a full degree makes sense in the future, students can easily transfer the credits to the corresponding Ashworth Associate or Bachelor’s degree program.”

As a leader in distance education, Ashworth’s programs are built around self-paced study. Compared to brick and mortar institutions, students do not attend classes (on site, conference call, online, etc.) and are not required to participate in group projects. When developing Certificates, Ashworth College considered the perceived rigidity of the standard degree program, as well as cost and time commitments.

“Many of our students have seen their current jobs change as companies downsize. They are being given adding responsibilities regardless of having formal training,” commented Deepa Chadha, Ashworth Director of Degree Programs. “Others are simply looking to move up in their existing careers or switch to an entirely different field in order to keep or find jobs. Regardless of their specific career goals, Ashworth can give them the higher education that will provide the competitive advantage they need.”

About Ashworth College

Ashworth College, a worldwide leader in distance education, offers students more than 100 career-focused high school, career school, associates, bachelor’s and master’s diploma and degree programs that are affordable and fit into their otherwise busy schedules.

Headquartered in Norcross, GA, Ashworth is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) and Ashworth High School is further accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA). For more information visit

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