Ashworth College

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Ashworth College
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Motto Dito Cum Scientia
Motto in English To enrich with knowledge

1987 - PCDI

2000 - Ashworth College
Type Private, For-profit college
President Rob Klapper, MBA
Students 50,000+
Location Norcross, Georgia, USA United States
Colors Maroon and White         
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Ashworth College (formerly known as Ashworth University) is a private, accredited distance learning, for-profit college based in Norcross, Georgia, USA that offers several different types of higher education and secondary education. Ashworth College occupies a 32,000-square-foot facility that houses all departments of the College. All career training and college programs are offered through Ashworth College online platform.


Since its founding in 1987, Professional Career Development Institute (PCDI) has developed a large selection of distance-learning programs and has enrolled over 2 million students in its high school, career, and degree programs.

James Madison High School (JMHS) was established in 1996 to aid students who need an alternative approach to a high school education. JMHS provides the curriculum needed for students to complete one to four years of high school course work leading to a high school diploma. The JMHS program enrolls students from all over the world.

In 2000, PCDI established Ashworth College to offer associate degree programs to students who need a relaxed approach to a college education. Ashworth College started offering master’s degree programs in 2004 and bachelor’s degree programs in 2007.

In 2007, all schools under PCDI merged under the Ashworth College umbrella. Today, they offer 3 high school programs, 10 career certificates, over 60 career diplomas, 15 undergraduate certificates, 30 associate's degrees, 8 bachelor's degrees, 6 graduate certificates, and 10 master's degrees.[1]

Accreditation and licensing[edit]

Ashworth College is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. DETC is recognized as an accrediting agency by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Ashworth College is also authorized by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission to offer instruction in career programs, associate's degree, bachelor's degree and master's degree programs.[2]

Although Ashworth College is not itself regionally accredited, it operates James Madison High School which is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.



Ashworth's programs are non-synchronous, meaning they can be started at any time.[3]

Areas of study[edit]

  • Business
  • Creative
  • Construction Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Computer Program
  • Education
  • General Studies
  • Health Care
  • High School
  • Human Resource
  • Marketing
  • Psychology
  • Security Management
  • Technology
  • Trades[4]

Ashworth Community[edit]

The Ashworth College Community gives students the opportunity to participate in online study groups, clubs and organizations and receive tutorial assistance, career advice and student support. Students connect through discussion threads, email, chat and webinars. The Ashworth College student body includes students from all 50 states and many countries. These students range from home-schooled students, working adults, members of the U.S. Speedskating Team, the military and military spouses.[5]


Starting in 2007, Ashworth began a yearly graduation ceremony in Atlanta.

The graduation ceremony is usually held on the first Saturday in August at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center and is opened to graduates of Ashworth College, James Madison High School and PCDI Canada. [6]

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Ashworth College Catalog". 
  2. ^ "About Ashworth University". 
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  6. ^ "Ashworth College Graduation". 
  7. ^ "About Falan Taylor". Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  8. ^ "Michael S. Fenster". Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  9. ^ [h "Command Staff"]. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 

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