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From their Vice President to their Customer Service Reps this college is extremely unprofessional. There have been numerous issues with courses, transcripts being evaluated, waiting too long to have assignments graded, books on back-order, quizzes within the courses not having the same information as in the book and just overall confusion and madness. I am surprised this college is even still running! I neglected to mention how I have never been able to get a tutor. It always sends me back to the recorded greeting. Terrible college. The only good aspect is the price.
I can't believe the time wasted on all the tests and assignments completed and yet, I need a proctor to babysit me taking a final exam. I found out when I completed that I needed proctoring and they have to review it. The person on the phone was sarcastic when I mentioned on being unaware. Everyone writing a review studied and devoted time and money to this school! It's only a certificate program! I don't understand the reasoning for a proctor when I'm an adult taking a certificate program! Well, lost money and lots and lots of time and hard research all wasted.
I understood going into this that it was going to be a self-study course and using my own guns to get the hands-on experience. This review is not based on that aspect of the course, but about the testing structure and how the correct answers to the test questions are sometimes wrong. This review is also about the text books that were sent out for the shotgun part of the course. The shotgun book talked about a recoil spring for the CZ712 and the CZ719 and how the recoil spring for the CZ712 was around the magazine tube and the CZ719 had the recoil spring in the buttstock. When I took the test, the question stated the recoil spring on the CZ712 was in the magazine tube. Well that was wrong so I answered it as such. I got the test question wrong and it was the only one I got wrong. You can retake the test so I did and answered it as though it were correct and got the test question right. If this were the only instance where this happened, I would not be as upset, but this happened on almost every test. I also felt like the instructor(s) were trying to outsmart the students with the way the questions were asked. Why? Just ask straight forward questions. I was sent the 3rd edition of the book for the shotgun part of the course. This was fine, but over half the test questions are based on the 4th edition. I know because I wanted a Kindle version of the 3rd edition but could only get the 4th edition. I am thankful that I made that purchase otherwise I would have been scratching my head to answer the test questions. I say save your money, do online research, watch youtube, get the books or videos that will help you to become a gunsmith.
They are a legal scammer. I ask for a course and they sent me a book for material that has nothing to see. And a dam test you have to take. When I tried to call them for help they just tell you the same you was already trying to do and you couldn't. Even I said I couldn't understand the program they offered me to close my account but by paying $'300.00 cancellation fees. For one week I only logged in to they sistem 6 times trying to understand they none sence. For me I didn't take any credit from them they end up sending to the credit because I didn't pay for what I didn't used. They don't care about ppl education, they just care about how they force you to pay
Sorry for the length of this. I am newly enrolled at Ashworth College, and I just passed my first class. I am a transfer student with half a bachelor's-worth of credits from regionally accredited schools. I am writing this solely to offer some advice when considering enrollment: Credits and degrees from DEAC accredited schools are accepted by many colleges and employers, and not accepted by others. I have done extensive job searching on job search engines as well as looked at a large number of colleges over the past seven years trying to figure out what I want to do, and have noticed that a handful of jobs require a regionally accredited degree, however, the majority of the time they just want an accredited degree. If you are considering graduate study, some colleges simply want a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by a body recognized by the department of education, and some want it from a regionally accredited school. If you want to make sure your degree is recognized by all schools and employers, go for a regionally accredited college. If you don't mind certain employers and colleges not recognizing your degree or credits, then Ashworth is a very affordable as well as time-saving option (if you choose to work quickly). You can graduate in as little as six months. It is $79 per credit for the bachelor's degree program I am enrolled in. That is a very good price, as I was paying $300-400 per credit at the other schools I have been to. Also, I do not feel overloaded with coursework. So, the benefits of Ashworth are saving time and money, and also less of a headache when it comes to study load. The drawback is the lack of regional accreditation. I would say keep in mind when reading the bad reviews, that sometimes they are based on misunderstandings. People don't do their research or don't read the paperwork they signed or have one bad experience and go off on rants. Some good reviews are also based off of the rush of being a new college graduate and are posted by folks who have not gone on a job search or applied to grad school yet. Take every review with a grain of salt is my point, and do your research. Figure out what you need from a school, and what your plans are (job, grad school etc.) and make your college selection accordingly. For me, I am laid back about my job/career prospects and don't mind if certain employers and schools won't accept my credits/degree, as long as most of them will. If you are very particular about that, then pick a regionally accredited school. If you aren't, Ashworth is great. If you are concerned about the reputation of the school, then apply to Harvard or Yale or UC Berkeley. I just want my degree and to get a job doing what I love. DEAC accreditation is good enough for me since the department of education recognizes it. Some people need prestige or excellent customer service or less self-directed study and more structure. That is fine. I am not one of those people. Just consider what you want and need and don't believe everything you read without thinking about it or doing your research. Try going on Indeed or Glassdoor and running a job search in your desired field and look at the educational requirements for a good number of different jobs. Try going on websites of different universities and looking at their grad school admissions requirements. Make phone calls to those schools. So there. That is my two cents.
I started the pharmacy technician course in 2017 and finished it within a few months. I have been waiting for almost a year for the promised externship. They keep making excuses saying that there are no externship positions open at this time. I am not willing to pay the $700 for this course because it is beyond ridiculous. They treat you like dirt and do not give what they promise. Their customer service is terrible and they just want your money. I will NEVER recommend this school to anyone! I already filed a BBB complaint because I feel scammed out of a lot of money. I went out on my own to find an externship and no one would take me. I will not pay a cent more to this scam of a program because I feel like I learned nothing and they have done nothing to advance my career as promised.
After completing this course from Ashworth, I've now completed over a dozen online high school, college and trade courses from 5 different institutions. I can confidently say that Ashworth is by far the worst experience I've had, hands down. The technology is out of date, the support is almost non-existent and the tools that they supply are laughably cheap. Under absolutely no circumstances would I ever recommend Ashworth College to another student in any field. There will ALWAYS be better options. Even if they are literally the only school that offers a program, you can save $500+ dollars by just buying the exact same textbooks, practice materials and certification exams on other websites. The only things you'll miss are the generic, poorly worded multiple choice quizzes and long periods of waiting while their materials are on "backorder".
Ashworth has been a great college and opened up many doors for me. My biggest complaint about the school was the shipping time for textbooks, but now most of the courses us E-books I believe. It was extremely affordable and I've never had my employer/future employers be concerned about the national accreditation. I will be pursuing my bachelors from Ashworth in the future.
I have had the worst experience with this school. When I have questions my instructor never calls me back or emails me back. So I am paying all this money for a school where you have no help, nobody ever calls you back, when instead I could have got a grant or some help to pay for a much better school that you have help anytime instead of feeling like your just wasting your time and money. My advice, pick a different school to go to.
I graduated with an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education and now I'm working on my bachelor's in Psychology. The degree helped me get a pay raise. Online classes are easier for me with a full time job. My only complaint is that the staff is a bit unorganized when it comes to communication.