Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ashworth College Partners With GoArmyEd to Offer Online Education to Enlisted Service Members

/PRNewswire/ -- Ashworth College, today announced that it has partnered with the United States Army to provide online college degree programs to military service members via

Active-duty soldiers and military families often are deployed at a moments notice. This can create a barrier to pursuing a degree. A distance education institution like Ashworth is a viable solution for Army personnel, allowing soldiers and their families the opportunity to study anywhere in the world.

"As a leader in distance education, Ashworth College is able to easily deliver degree and course offerings and service soldiers anywhere in the world," explained John Riser, Director, Ashworth Education Operations, about the new partnership.

To participate in the GoArmyEd program, Ashworth underwent an extensive application process. "We were able to demonstrate that Ashworth College offers accredited military-friendly programs that are relevant to soldiers," Riser added. "As a recognized institution, service members can now immediately enroll in our programs directly from the GoArmyEd portal. And through the Army's tuition assistance program there are zero out-of-pocket expenses."

By removing common obstacles like money, time and locale, non-commissioned officers looking to move up, as well as military personnel preparing for re-entry to civilian life, have additional opportunities to pursue a college education.

Riser pointed out several subject areas with great appeal to today's military personnel, such as health care, technology, and legal studies. Also consistently popular are the business and skilled trades programs.

Established as a virtual gateway for active-duty personnel, GoArmyEd is a one-stop location for managing a soldier's college education online. This portal allows military service members and their Army Education Counselors the opportunity to conveniently research participating colleges. Soldiers can also enroll in programs and request tuition assistance directly through the site.

"Ashworth programs meet the flexibility requirements of today's soldiers," said Melissa Maddox, Ashworth Military Advisor. "Because we're open year-round, service members can take classes on their terms. Compared to institutions that operate on a semester or quarter system, we have new classes starting every week, so as soon as one class has been completed, the next one can begin."

Translating experience into college credits.

Ashworth College recognizes that military experience can often translate to college credits. Ashworth works closely with a number of organizations to review and apply credit for military training to include: American Council on Education (ACE), Defense Activities for Non-traditional Educational Support (DANTES) and Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC).

"We also consider a soldier's life/work experience and try to award college credit whenever possible," said Maddox. "Students have the option of providing CLEP certification or passing a proctored examination. These credits can help military service members reach their goals that much faster."

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