• Report: #107576

Complaint Review: PCDI Ashworth College

  • Submitted: Thu, September 09, 2004
  • Updated: Wed, November 24, 2010

  • Reported By:Grand Rapids Michigan
PCDI Ashworth College
430 Technology ParkwayNorcross, Georgia 30092-3406 USA430 Technology Parkway Norcross, Georgia U.S.A.

PCDI Ashworth College Scam; Cancellation and Collection under False Pretence or Fraudulent Practices Norcross Georgia

*Consumer Comment: Wow

*Consumer Comment: I am a student at Ashworth

*Consumer Comment: Ashworth College

*Consumer Comment: They LOST my first transcript!

*Consumer Comment: Medical Transcription Training

*Consumer Comment: PCDI MEDICAL BILLING COURSES

*Consumer Comment: Ashworth vs Credentials

*Consumer Comment: SATISFIED Ashworth Student responding

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: A BOILER ROOM SALES SETTING DESIGNED TO GET POOR, UNEDUCATED FOOLS TO AGREE TO TAKE WORTHLESS COURSES.

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I signed up and began an Associate's Degree course, and kept my payments current. I also sent the transcript request form to my high school, as requested.

As per PCDI Ashworth College contract agreement, if the high school transcript is not received within a certain time, they will cancel your enrollment and the FULL AMOUNT of the tuition becomes due.

Well, naturally the transcript didn't get to them, so they contacted me and told me it was needed or I would be
cancelled, but they said I could FAX the transcript to them.

I FAXed my transcript to the number provided, and they wrote me again saying they didn't have my transcript. I told them I FAXed it, and they said they didn't get them and accused me of using the wrong number (I didn't. The FAx receipt proves this). They provided the FAX number (770-729-9389) again and told me to mark the FAX to the attention of "Linda, Alona or Pat." So I FAXed it again.

Yet AGAIN they told me they did not get the FAX. I told them I used the number they gave me, and I marked it to the attention of Linda, Alona, or Pat, and the e-mail response I got stated that "Those people don't work in the admissions department. You weren't supposed to send it to them."

A few days later, they cancelled my enrollment, even after I'd completed several classes and kept up my payments. They sent a letter demanding the full amount of tuition because I defaulted on the contract, and they never returned any correspondence regarding the fact that the cancellation and lack of a transcript would have to be their fault, seeing as I FAXed it a total of three times to the correct FAX number, to the people they indicated, at the times they indicated, and they STILL "didn't get the transcript."

I find it rather doubtful that they could have misplaced FOUR copies of my transcript (the one from my high school, which must have gotten there at some time, and the three FAXes). At the very least it shows horrible customer service and questionable office organization, but I suspect they got all the transcripts and just destroyed them in order to cause me to default.

I now believe the scam is that they don't INTEND to get your transcript. It gets "lost" or "delayed" and they have justification for cancelling your enrollment and collecting the full tuition without needing to send you books or provide testing or a degree.

I would warn anyone to stay away from PCDI and Ashworth college. They are either highly disorganized- to the point of costing their students a lot of money- or they are extremely dishonest and unscrupulous.

Keith
Grand Rapids, Michigan
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Wow

AUTHOR: Ulrike - (United States of America)

I am sorry to hear that you are having these problems, I assure you they are far from a scam. I have completed my associates with them and now on to my bachelors.


I am more then pleased with Ashworth, and how I have been taken care of. I have been so mad on more then one occasion just waiting to get my piece out of them and when I called got on the phone their entire demeaor made me rethink my attitude, because of how they were so nice!


I am sure that you have moved on but it not, call them and let them know what problems you have ensued. And see if you can e-mail it. Or what have you.


Reason, I say this I was on the phone with support regarding an issue I had and I came upon this. The gentleman and I discussed your comment and said sometimes things just get off to a rough start.


I love this college! IF it were not for this collge I would not have me degree. And I have been through several interviews here as of late due to unemployment and although they are not know like Yale or Harvard, many prospect employers where very impressed once I explained that what we do here at our college is much harder then a traditional classroom. But we do have more then ample amount of resources.


Good Luck Keith in whatever you endevors are......

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#2 Consumer Comment

I am a student at Ashworth

AUTHOR: Shaq70 - (United States of America)

I am sorry, I do not agree as my experience is not the same. I have been very happy as a student and I am working on things I spent years avoiding and I am doing so well. They are accredited, the credits are transferable. Let's face it, if you plan to go ivy league you probably wouldn't be able to transfer but Ashworth is for people lacking in a history of scholastic success, a limited budget, and working adults who want to improve their skills. They are a stepping stone for those off us who dropped our education early, need to learn skills for a job or just want to enrich ourselves with additional education. The rest of you, shouldn't need Ashworth. Good luck no matter which one you are.   Remember, if you are on a budget and need a new pair of shoes you go to Walmart, not Macy's. (yes, that was a metaphor)
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#3 Consumer Comment

Ashworth College

AUTHOR: big M - (United States of America)

Last year I started taken locksmithing course and I have no problems with them.They are honest in my own opinion.You can check them out by going to

(((Redacted)))

They are registered with the government for long distance education.

for the one lost the transcript.Did you ever think maybe Ashworth College didn't lose it but the postal service did.It is known to happen.Here is another tip,next time make copies.

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#4 Consumer Comment

They LOST my first transcript!

AUTHOR: Nans - (U.S.A.)

I had to send them TWO high school transcripts because they LOST the first one.

They are a bunch of incompetents.
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#5 Consumer Comment

Medical Transcription Training

AUTHOR: Sheri - (U.S.A.)

I finished the medical transcription course almost three years ago through PCDI, now Ashworth College, and was very happy with everything about the course. I never had ANY trouble with the school, materials, training, or finding a job when finished. I am now very happily working as a medical transcriptionist.
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#6 Consumer Comment

PCDI MEDICAL BILLING COURSES

AUTHOR: Gail - (U.S.A.)

I am presently enrolled in the Medical Billing Courses of PCDI. So far no problems. My payments are on time and I have completed 9 lessons. 5 of which I have already received my marks for. I am doing very well so far. I am now waiting to get my marks for lessons 6-9 and the next set of books to continue on. I hope this harmony continues. I have such a different perspective on my life since I enrolled in this school.

One thing I can tell you is if you don't read the assignments, you can really goof up on the open book exam. I just happen to be very focused. Medical billing is not an easy course to study. Lots of information to remember. I am thinking about taking the Medical Transcription course also.

IF anyone knows of someone taking Medical billing or Medical Transcription please let me know.
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#7 Consumer Comment

Ashworth vs Credentials

AUTHOR: Paul - (U.S.A.)

Okay I have read all these rebuttals and comments and such. So now that I have found out facts about Ashworth I am a current student and yes to everyone the do need to work on there customer service I have been upset with them a few times but have always paid my bills on time and they have always answered my questions when i ask them. On the other side the are accredited with DETC you can find this out at www.chea.org if you want ot look for your self. I live in Austin Tx and because of them I cannot transfer to UT as a freshman or a transfer student. But if you look hard enough you can get accepted. I have recently got accepted into University of Phoenix not online but the campus and they will transfer all credits from this school. Ok so if your low on cash and you can't afford college go to Ashworth then transfer your credits to Phoenix University online or campus. That should take care of most of your BA degree. Good luck with the rest of schooling and thank you to MR. T for the great help he provided on this site.
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#8 Consumer Comment

SATISFIED Ashworth Student responding

AUTHOR: M - (U.S.A.)

I am a student at the college. I am very satisfied with everything the school offers. Do they need to improve student services? Yes. The only problem I encountered with the school is my late exam. I don't doubt anything of the ex-employee, but maybe they've improved a lot since he/she left them. Could that be a possibility? I graduate in December 2004. I already transfered to my local university who accepted every single credit from Ashworth. That's 60 credits! So I guess your information on companies and "real" universities taking Ashworth credits as "worthless" is wrong. I made Ashworth my choice, I am very pleased, and I am succeeding.
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#9 UPDATE EX-employee responds

A BOILER ROOM SALES SETTING DESIGNED TO GET POOR, UNEDUCATED FOOLS TO AGREE TO TAKE WORTHLESS COURSES.

AUTHOR: T. - (U.S.A.)

********PCDI ALERT!!***************
DO NOT ENROLL IN ANY PCDI/ASHWORTH COLLEGE/JAMES MADISON HIGH SCHOOL COURSES. I USED TO WORK THERE IN THE "ADMISSIONS DEPT".

IT IS A BOILER ROOM SALES SETTING DESIGNED TO GET POOR, UNEDUCATED FOOLS TO AGREE TO TAKE WORTHLESS COURSES. NO REAL COMPANY OR SCHOOL WILL RECOGNIZE THOSE WORTHLESS DEGREES.

WE USED TO GET PAID COMMISSION TO "ENROLL" PEOPLE AND MADE A LOT OF MONEY WHETHER PEOPLE FINISHED THE COURSE OR NOT.

IT IS NOT A REAL SCHOOL BUT A BUILDING WITH A WAREHOUSE IN NORCROSS,GA.

PEOPLE READ A SCRIPT AND ARE TRAINED TO MAKE YOU STAY ON THE PHONE UNTIL YOU ENROLLED OR HUNG UP ON US.IF YOU GAVE US A CC OR CHECKING ACCT.

NUMBER YOU ARE DONE FOR. THE "EDUCATORS" OR "TUTORS THERE WERE NOT MUCH BETTER AND WOULD NOT RETURN YOUR CALLS IF YOU NEEDED COURSE HELP.

THIS COMPANY HAS NO USEFULL ACCREDIATION EXCEPT BY "THE DISTANCE EDUCATION TRAINING COUNCIL" WHICH WILL ACCREDIATE ANY "SCHOOL" WITH A ROOM AND 2 BOOKS IN IT.

I FELT SO BAD FOR PEOPLE I STARTED TELLING THEM TO GET A GED OR GO TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN THEIR TOWN INSTEAD OF US AND WAS FIRED OF COURSE.

THE FORMER OWNER WAS RICHARD KRUGER WHO MADE MILLIONS AND SOLD THE BUSINESS TO ANOTHER COMPANY.

THE MAIN VILLIANS STILL THERE ARE MIKE RUTSKY WHO IS A YES MAN TO COMPANY POLICY....

GENE LUPIE WHO IS THE BIGGEST,FATTEST LIAR GOD EVER PUT ON EARTH AND USED TO HAVE AN AFFAIR WITH A DRUG USING l*****n NAMED ARLETTA CRUDUP(WHO USED TO SLEEP WITH WHITE MEN AND BLACK WOMEN FROM WORK ALL THE TIME AND BRAG ABOUT IT).AND MILTON MILLER WHO WEARS GLASSES SO THICK HE CAN SEE ATOMS.

REPEAT: DO NOT EVEN CALL THESE PEOPLE OR THEY WILL PUT YOU ON THEIR LIST TO CALL. STAY AWAY FROM THEM!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!
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