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Ashworth College Rolls Out Certified Personal Trainer Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Orr   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:58
Distance Education Leader’s new program provides practical career training for popular profession

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Georgia – May 30, 2012 – Ashworth College announced the addition of its Certified Professional Personal Trainer program ( to its roster of online career diploma programs. The program is nationally accredited and designed to provide students with in-depth instruction in how to design conditioning and personal training programs, formulate nutrition menus and to perform fitness assessments. The program also provides graduates with the tools needed to take the National Council on Strength and Fitness’ certification exam.

According to recent data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese, as are approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years. These statistics show that there are opportunities for fitness specialists to use their knowledge of exercise, health, and nutrition to help others live longer lives.

“Fitness and exercise careers allow trainers the opportunity to be a motivational speaker, educator, personal trainer, and health advisor all in one,” said Cassandra Blassingame, Program Development Manager for Ashworth’s career diploma programs. “Our graduates tell us that they have found a rewarding career path that not only changes people's lives, but also keeps them motivated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, personal trainers earn on average in excess of $35,000 per year, depending on where they work and their level of experience. Those who are certified can command even higher salaries.

Ashworth’s Certified Personal Trainer program is comprised of 18 comprehensive lessons which include learning objectives, lecture notes, review questions, multiple-choice exams and written assignments. Lessons include:

Fitness and Wellness Fitness
Preparing for Exercise: Training Threshold
Cardiovascular Fitness
Developing Flexibility
Developing Endurance and Strength
Strength and Endurance Exercise
Measuring and Controlling Body
Skill-Related Fitness
Wellness and Fitness
Managing Stress
Combating Threats to Your Health
The Athlete's Diet
High-Impact Meals for Peak Performance
Sugar, Carbohydrates, Protein and Hydration Sugars
Eating for Exercise and Recovery
Weight Management for Athletes

Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a one-year member ship to the National Council on Strength and Fitness as well as prep materials to help them complete the NCSF’s certification exam.

Because Ashworth is a distance education institution, students can start the program at any time, study at their own pace, and take exams online. The program is extremely conducive to the working professional’s schedule.

“Becoming certified can be a major investment in ones career,” Blassingame commented. “When someone is considering hiring a personal trainer, certification becomes a mark of excellence, demonstrating that you have knowledge and skills that others don't.

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 PCDI Canada, New York Institute of Photography and Sheffield School of Design.


Davenport student to be honored for outstanding volunteer service at award presentation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Tasker   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:50
Pavane Gorrepati of Davenport, Iowa, a senior at Rivermont Collegiate, will be presented with an engraved bronze medallion to recognize her selection as a Distinguished Finalist in the 2012 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.

Presentation information:
Date: Wednesday, May 30
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Event: Awards assembly
Location: Rivermont Collegiate auditorium, 1821 Sunset Dr., Bettendorf
Contact: Richard St. Laurent, (563) 359-1366

Pavane is being honored for creating a nonprofit organization called "Warning about Warming (WaW)" to educate young people about environmental issues. For more information on Pavane and her volunteering, click here:

About the award:

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), represent the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. All middle and high schools in the U.S., along with all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award last November. Two State Honorees—one middle and one high school student—plus a select number of Distinguished Finalists from each state and the District of Columbia were selected based on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

For more information on the rest of this year’s Prudential Spirit of Community Awards State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists, visit

John Deere Middle School’s Award-winning Robotics team is not taking a summer break PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:37
(Moline, IL)  May 29th marks the start of John Deere’s “Lights On for Learning” Summer Enrichment program at John Deere Middle School in Moline.  Instructors are targeting incoming 7th and 8th grade students who passed, but struggled in some academic areas.  One of the programming elements is Lego Robotics.  It will provide students a brief introduction to robotics and help to recruit students for the fall First Lego Robotics Team.

Local Students Graduate Spring 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Various sources   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:25

Kirsten Ann Hanford graduates from William Woods University

FULTON, MO (05/29/2012)(readMedia)-- Kirsten Ann Hanford of Davenport, Iowa, graduated in May from William Woods University with a bachelor of science degree.

Actor Val Kilmer was the speaker at WWU's undergraduate commencement May 5. One of the most prolific actors of his generation, Kilmer s memorable roles include Batman in "Batman Forever," Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's "The Doors," Doc Holliday in "Tombstone" and Simon Templar in "The Saint."

Kilmer spent the week on the William Woods campus meeting with various groups and performing his one-man play, "Citizen Twain."

Rivermont Collegiate News PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick St. Laurent   
Monday, 04 June 2012 13:56

Dear Rivermont Community,


Well, here it is.  The last HEADlines of the school year.  It has been an exciting year with so many accomplishments and firsts.  Once again the students and faculty of Rivermont have demonstrated that Excellence comes first, Character is expected, and Creativity can be found in every corner!  Please be sure to join us on Wednesday and Friday of next week as we celebrate these accomplishments, hear what our seniors learned about themselves and their chosen field in the Senior Projects, and  graduate our 125th class of seniors!  These students join the ranks of an exceptional group of leaders, philanthropists, professionals and engaged citizens who make up our ALUMNI!


This weekend marks the commemoration of those who have sacrificed for our freedoms and prosperity.


Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  (


In honor of the day we reprint the poem that inspired the tradition of poppies to remember.


In Flanders Fields

John McCrae, 1915.


In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

Have a safe and restful long weekend, 


Rick St. Laurent





The Class of 2012

Matt Newsome
University of Pennsylvania

Meghana Yerrapothu
University of Illinois at Chicago

Joann Weeks
Benedictine University


Pavane Gorrepati
Yale University

Meghana Pagadala
California Institute of Technology


Christine Mbakwe
Washington University in St. Louis


Ramya Prabhu
University of Illinois at Chicago











Join us for our 125th Commencement Exercises on
Friday, June 1, 10:00 AM on the South Terrace of the Mansion.

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