Ashworth created its gunsmithing group within its online Community as a resource for those whose professions require the handing of firearms, for those who are simply enthusiasts and want to properly care for their gun or rifle, and anyone else interested in industry best practices, career insights, and invaluable information for relating to the art of gunsmithing.
Ashworth’s nationally accredited online gunsmith training program is among its most popular programs and the Gunsmithing Discussion Group serves over 1,500 members (as of February 2012). The group is part of the larger 100,000 plus online Ashworth Community.
“Federal statistics show that 50% of U.S. households have some type of firearm so it’s not surprising the Gunsmithing Group has a very diverse membership,”
“We know of instances where some of our graduates have turned gunsmithing into a successful second career,” she added, “For someone thinking about going down this path, it’s an ideal place to pick up pointers from those already in the field.”
She concluded “For all of our students, we’ve created a comprehensive online learning environment where they can interact with others who have similar interests and goals. 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 Gunsmithing 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. Product recommendations for the latest firearms and licensing requirements are popular topics among members.
• 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 gunsmithing as both a hobby and a profession.
While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not currently measure career statistics specifically for gunsmiths, O*Net Online, a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, does report that maintenance and repair workers collectively can expect average career growth, compared to other occupations through 2018 decade.
“My entire family is into guns and hunting as well as a majority of friends. I have been doing repairs and cleaning for over 25 years now for the enjoyment and company. I plan to retire in 8 years and my intention is to have small home gunsmith business and possibly expand with family members if the demand for gunsmithing is great enough,” posted Darcy Z. in Gladstone, Canada.
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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 degrees, online certificate programs 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 Peachtree Corners, 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/