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Ashworth may be a good choice depending upon what your goals are. For me, I needed to learn landscaping design for our family business. The local college provides this training, but I would have to wait until next Fall to begin, and I need the knowledge now. I've really enjoyed my learning experience with Ashworth.
For the cost of one class elsewhere, I'm getting a fairly comprehensive look at the landscaping design process, though I wish it went into more detail on some topics. I plan to take a couple horticulture classes at my community college to get hands on experience with plants as well. Obviously an online school can't do that.
It can be the right option if you have a game plan. If you want to transfer their credits to a regionally accredited school, that may be a problem. Also some states require regionally accredited programs for some certificates and degrees, so do some research beforehand for your particular field or educational goals. It may work for you and save you a boatload of money.
I finished my AAS in CJ with Ashworth and enrolled in their BA in General Studies program. Had a few snafus with student services but they were all resolved. All my books arrive promptly and I have really enjoyed the program Textbooks are up to date and instructors are an email/phone call away. Try it you won't regret it. It has helped me in my career as a cop as well.
Definitely I can recommend this school. They give a lot of information for studying. Also on-line exam is strong and organized very properly. Good luck ! V.
I had gotten my AAS from Dakota tec. And decided to take the auto Cad course here because of the price. Later to find out that it is impossible to get help with your classes and they don't even offer the auto cad program to draw objects. It was a big wast of money. DO NOT GO HERE, please do some research before hand and look more into it. It is a scam.-Marine Corps vet
I am working on my general studies degree with Ashworth. At the same time I was accepted into the bachelors degree program in business adm at King College which is a private owned christian college. I go once a week on campus and I will earn my BBA in 16 months. They accepted all of ashworths credits and it saved me alot of money since I do not qualify for financial aid. If any of you are interested the college has online programs also and they will accept your ashworth credits.
I did not get my business class. degree at ashworth because it requires hard accounting classes, etc that I HAVE to take at King so I dont want to have to take it twice so I just went for my general studies, to get my general credits and some easy electives.I paid around 3200 for my assc. degree. I know many pple that are in debt for 20,000 or more for an assc. degree. I will graduate debt free and thanks to ashworth.
The downside is the customer service is not that great if something complicated comes up. And some of the books were VERY old. I had a math book that had tax law from 1998..they really need to update their stuff..but I have been getting mosty books from 2010 so Im good.
I received a medical billing and coding certificate through Ashworth College. The course work was not too hard, but it did require studying and dedication. I completed my courses in 5 months, I really like that I could work at my own pace.Whenever I encountered a problem I was assisted by the online staff. I would reccomend this college to any person who is self motivated and would like to take online courses. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
One must be a totally independent learner. Which in my case, allowed me to work at an aggressive pace allowing me to graduate in under a year with my A.S. in Psychology. Upon graduation, I enrolled directly into the B.S. in Early Childhood Education. I have nine classes remaining, but have decided further my nursing education at this time. On the downside. You have to stay on top of student services if you want to progress quickly. It can take multiple calls and emails to the registrar for answers on transfer credits, but if you want an affordable and accredited degree, then you deal with the downfalls.
I tried to get certified for medical transcription. Ashworth had the best price tag, but I got what I paid for. The anatomy and vocabulary segments were fine... however, when I popped in the CD to practice transcription, I found that disc wouldn't run unless I ran it as if it were on Window's 98. I completed the course, but felt no where near as informed or ready for the job what with them technological advances made in the 16 years since the course material was created. They also had website issues, where it wouldn't let me make a payment and i get a call telling em my sccount is overdue when the computer read $0 dollars due. They want me to pay another 172, and their call center is based in India where they run you around in circles. There are no instructors to talk to, and the customer service is there to take your money and not much else. I feel bad for the next person that get's duped by this correspondence course.
I'm now enrolling in a BA program that will be much more convenient and credible. It would probably be a great place to finish your high school diploma, but their accreditation is more than questionable. Make sure that your material is current, and not from 1998.
The student services are great, the girl I was talking to helped me alot. But, the pharmacy technicians course that they say in the beginning says "Certified". IT'S NOT BEWARE! Don't sign up for this course before you do research.
I thought this was the best thing that could ever happen for me.Online school no college to have to go to. AWESOME! Don't have to find anyone to watch my 4 year olds while I do school work. Come to find out after my trial period was up it doesn't certify you. The claim it gets you ready for the state board test. SERIOUSLY!!!! $700 for a course that doesn't certify you like it says in the information guide they send you. To cancel it they want me to pay $233. WHAT!!!!
So I went with a different program Criminal Justice. To switch it's $50. Well thats better than 200 bucks. I hope whoever signs up for this course reads this first before they sign up, I wish someone would've warned me first. Good luck.
Ashworth served its purpose for me, which is to get a degree. Luckily for me though, I have been working in the field I got my degree in and already have teh knowledge. The essential basics of every single class at Ashworth is this: read the book, take the quiz. All open book and only an occasional assignment in a class that isn't even a core course. I literally did not learn anything new from the AS degree. I will continue my BS degree elsewhere so that I might actually expand my knowledge. But, like I said, it isn't a scam, you do get a diploma, just not much of an education! Now many will tell you that it is a good curriculum and it is challenging if you're motivated, and so on. These people are also the ones who do not know how to spell, and are asking for help writing a middle school level one page essay.
Also, if you're going to go to Ashworth, you aren't going for the customer service. Lousy is all I can say. The main way to communicate is a discussion board. About 85% of the time my answer from them was either completely unhelpful or completely unrelated to what I asked, almost like they didn't even read it, just skimmed it over. The phone lines are no better, with each person telling you something different, that is if you can reach someone. Countless discussions online from frustrated students trying to get help from ANYONE but all they get is a 40 minute hold time just to be hung up on. Ah, waiting, that is the other problem with this school. Waiting for help and waiting for mail. Important mail too, like your school books. Remember how I said all you do is read a book and take quizzes, well guess what, that book will not arrive for about 2 weeks. Yes, two weeks. So you better ask for them to ship it as soon as you get halfway through your course otherwise, you'll be waiting. It also took me about 2 months to get my first billing statement, and all future statements were off a month. So if I paid for February on January 31, I would get a statement in the middle of March for February.
All in all, if you are looking for a cheap diploma for career advancement rather than an actual education go to Ashworth and deal with the headache that is their customer support. Otherwise, go to FAFSA get financial aid and go to a real online school like Phoenix or SNHU. (And for the record, I am not a disgruntled person who got screwed over by ashworth, just an actual student who wants others to know what you are getting, because if after one class you don't like the school, you aren't getting a refund, no you'll get a bill for the rest of the semester.)