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Distance Education leader offers assistance to children of military families

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From now through July 20th, the Georgia-based online college administration and staff will help fill as many children's school backpacks as possible. Ashworth College has provided the backpacks and now the staff has been challenged to fill them with basic school supplies such as pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks , markers, rulers, glue sticks, calculators.

"Ashworth College's background provides the perfect opportunity for us to support the best of both worlds," said Melissa Maddox, Ashworth's Military Education Manager.  "Not only are we a global leader in online education, we also have a huge presence in  providing active duty  military personnel and military spouses affordable educational programs that are conducive to military life. Supporting "Operation Backpack Brigade" allows us to give back to military families by providing basic educational supplies for their children."

The annual fundraiser provides an average $300 savings to military families who have children starting school this fall. Last year "Operation Backpack Brigade" provided over 1,500 backpacks statewide to children across all military branches. Ashworth plans to help exceed that goal in 2010. 



Known as a leading provider of nationally accredited online education programs, Ashworth College is also recognized by GI Jobs as a 2010 Military Friendly School®. Ashworth also prides itself in its community outreach endeavors and regularly supports many organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, The Atlanta Community Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, The American Cancer Society, The Salvation Army, March of Dimes, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

About Operation Homefront
With more than 4,500 volunteers in 30 chapters nationwide, Operation Homefront provides emergency and morale assistance for our troops, the families they leave behind and for the wounded warriors when they return home. 
Through generous, widespread public support and a collaborative team of exceptional staff and volunteers, Operation Homefront aspires to become the provider of choice for emergency financial aid and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. 

Operation Homefront believes those who wear our country's uniform do so with a sense of duty, knowing they support the causes of freedom. 

About Ashworth College

Ashworth College, a leader in distance education, offers students worldwide more than 100 career-focused high school, career school, associates, bachelor's and master's online diploma, certificate, and degree programs that are affordable and fit the busy schedules of working adults. Ashworth also offers specialized programs to corporate partners, active duty military personnel, military spouses, and homeschoolers.

Headquartered in Norcross, GA, Ashworth is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) [ http://www.ashworthcollege.edu/about/accreditation/ ]. The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Ashworth High School is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). For more information visit AshworthCollege.edu [ http://www.ashworthcollege.edu/contact/ ].