Ashworth created its Bridal Consulting specialty group within its online Community to provide future bridal consultants, wedding planners and anyone else interested in all things bridal the latest industry best practices, career insights, and invaluable information for furthering their professional skills.
Ashworth offers a nationally accredited online Bridal Consulting Diploma program along with related programs such as Gourmet Cooking and Catering and Floral Arranging. Its Bridal Consulting Group currently has over 800 members (as of February 2012) which is part of the larger 100,000 plus online Ashworth Community.
“Because bridal consulting is such a popular program for Ashworth, it’s our goal is to be a trusted resource to those interested in topics relating to such a highly creative and diverse industry,” said Amy Bernard, Director of Interactive Marketing for Ashworth College.
She went on to add “For our students, we wanted to create a comprehensive online learning environment where they can interact with others who have similar interests and goals, faculty, and working professionals in the wedding industry. For prospective students, it also provides a forum to gather information and to ask questions that will benefit their personal well being or to help make informed decisions about their educational needs.”
Ashworth has been educating working adults for the past 25 years. With the launch of the Bridal Consulting Group, Ashworth now provides a state-of-the-
• A network of motivated and engaged students willing to encourage others by sharing personal, professional and educational insights and successes.
• Timely and relevant content regarding all aspects of wedding planning -- wedding trends, planning the ceremony, working with vendors and locating resources, even starting a business.
• Online study groups comprised of current Ashworth students enrolled in one of its educational programs. Members offer assistance with lessons and provide moral support to group members.
• Insights from students. Prospective students will benefit by learning from current students on what it is like to be an Ashworth student, how to be successful as an online student, and about Ashworth’s selection bridal and related programs.
Job growth through 2018 will result from more and more couples – and their parents – being too busy to plan the wedding they want. They will hire professionals to handle every detail – from the engagement party to the honeymoon getaway. The U.S. Department of Labor projects opportunities for those working in wedding planning and related fields to grow up to 16%.
“I have always wanted to go into business for myself and believe that this is perfect timing for me. I basically planned my own wedding two years ago by myself. With my brother getting married in April and my sister in July of next year, I already have my first two clients lined up. I want to have all the programs completed by then and kick myself into overdrive to get my business going. It's a lot of work but I'm excited and ready to go!” posted Nicole from Dothan, AL.
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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 degree programs, online certificates, career training and online high school diploma options that are affordable and fit the busy schedules of working adults. Ashworth also offers military education online as well as specialized programs for corporate partners and homeschoolers.
Headquartered in Norcross, GA, Ashworth is 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/