Norcross, GA (PRWEB) April 05, 2013
Leading online accredited school, Ashworth College (http://www.ashworthcollege.edu) awarded a 2013 ACCESS Scholarship to Columbus, Ohio resident Jane Switzer.
The Ashworth College Continuing Education for Student Success (ACCESS) Scholarship program was originally developed in 2011 by Ashworth. It awards up to $25,000 each year to new and prospective diploma and degree students interested in pursuing their education online in one of Ashworth College’s 115+ diploma, degree and online certificate programs.
As a certified medical coder for Ohio hospitals, Switzer realized that having only a certification in coding was holding her back. In order to truly advance in her healthcare career path, she needed a college degree. Financial setbacks led her to put her education on the “back burner” until she discovered the ACCESS Scholarship and Ashworth College’s Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Management program.
“The critical thinking and reasoning skills that I’ll learn through my college experience will not only benefit me greatly as I move toward my healthcare management goals, but also will benefit me in other aspects of my life,” Switzer said. “It will hopefully give me a sense of empowerment in knowing I have learned skills to manage not only my own life, but others in a positive and practical way.”
The associate degree online programs from Ashworth College are nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The fifteen career specific associate degree programs are designed to give students the best advantage when pursuing future career opportunities.
“Education can take skills - and income - to the next level. We’re excited that through the ACCESS Scholarship program we can help create learning opportunities for those students needing something tailored to their specific situation or needs,” said Dr. Leslie Gargiulo, Ashworth College Chief Academic Officer. “The ACCESS Scholarship program has already proven to be an amazing opportunity for us to recognize deserving students and to help provide the educational foundation that will help set the course for their life ahead.”
“The ACCESS Scholarship program was founded to honor Ashworth’s late President and CEO, Gary Keisling’s personal mission of opening the doors of education to the underserved education population of America. We’re excited to present these scholarships,” Dr. Gargiulo added.
About the Gary Keisling ACCESS Scholarship program
Founded in 2011, the Gary Keisling ACCESS Scholarship program offers scholarships with a combined value of up to $25,000.
The ACCESS program honors the legacy of the online school’s late Chairman of the Board, Gary Keisling, whose personal and professional mission was to offer affordable and accessible education to underserved populations who historically have had limited access to educational opportunities or an accredited diploma or degree.
For more than 25 years Keisling was regarded as an industry leader and advocate for continuing education. His influence on distance education will continue to benefit students for many years to come.
About Ashworth College
Ashworth College, a leading online school, has built a tradition of excellence spanning 25 years, offering students worldwide more than 115 online college degrees, online certificate programs, online career courses and online high school diploma options that are affordable and fit the busy schedules of working adults. Ashworth also caters to military education online as well as specialized programs for corporate partners and homeschoolers.
Headquartered in Peachtree Corners, GA, Ashworth is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of the DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. James Madison High School is further accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). For more information, visit http://www.ashworthcollege.edu/.