Ashworth College Graduation Events Include Local Habitat for Humanity Project

On graduation, eve faculty and staff turned out for its annual tradition of sponsoring of a local Habitat for Humanity project. Ceremony keynote speaker, former Olympic athlete, and US Speedskating Executive Director Mark Greenwald was also on hand.
Aug. 3, 2012 - PRLog -- PEACHTREE CORNERS, Georgia – For the fourth consecutive year, Ashworth College ( has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County to make a difference in the local community – all part of the online school’s 2012 Graduation Week activities. The graduation ceremony takes place tomorrow at the Cobb Energy Centre in Atlanta, GA.

This year more than 20 Ashworth employee and student volunteers spent the day working on a variety of repair, cosmetic, and landscaping projects in the Belvedere Park neighborhood of Decatur, GA --  all part of Habitat’s “A Brush with Kindness”. A Brush with Kindness is an extension of the wider known home building initiative, and enables Habitat to service more families and increase opportunities for volunteers and sponsors.

“Ashworth is committed to the communities in which we work and live,” said Rob Klapper, Ashworth College President and CEO. “We are proud to continue our standing relationship with Habitat for Humanity and always look forward to helping hard working families make improvements in their lives.” Ashworth was the first online school to sponsor a student campus chapter.

To further its commitment to improving lives, Klapper was joined by 2012 keynote speaker Mark Greenwald, Executive Director of US Speedskating, and presented a full-ride Ashworth College scholarship to a Belvedere Park Habitat for Humanity resident. Janice Cotton accepted the scholarship on behalf of her daughter, Teaairea Lewis, who was unable to attend. Lewis plans to enroll in Ashworth’s online Health Care Administration associate degree program.

Leading up to the build, the Campus Chapter sponsored several fundraising initiatives to raise donations for Habitat. Habitat will use the money to offset material costs associated with the various repair projects.

Ashworth College is a long been a supporter of social causes including Children’s Miracle Network, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Atlanta Ronald McDonald Charities, the American Cancer Society, and the American Red Cross.

About A Brush with Kindness

Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness is an exterior home preservation service that offers painting, landscaping, weather stripping and minor repair services for homeowners in need. ABWK helps low-income homeowners impacted by age, disability and family circumstances, who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes, reclaim their homes with pride and dignity.

ABWK serves as a companion to local affiliates’ core building services, enabling them to serve more families and increase opportunities for volunteers and sponsors.

About Ashworth College

Celebrating 25 years of Educating Minds and Changing Lives, leading online school Ashworth College has built a tradition of excellence by offering students worldwide an extensive range of online college degrees, online certificate programs, career training and online high school diploma options that are affordable and fit the busy schedules of working adults. Ashworth offers military education 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. Ashworth is parent to James Madison High School which is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED and further provides career training and vocational programs in the fields of health, business, technology, education, and skilled trades through sister schools PCDI Canada, New York Institute of Photography and Sheffield School.
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