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born 4 May 1960
Saturn Opposition Chiron
beginning of September 2007 – beginning of June 2008
Under this influence a variety of difficulties and conflicts in the outer world reflect your state of inner strife. You will have to deal with serious disputes and might experience some kind of separation - particularly with figures of authority or those who have had an important influence on your life. You may come to see that you have been living according to others' expectations, so that things that gave your life security and structure might suddenly seem oppressive and burdensome. Apart from the likely disputes within your relationship you will have problems in practically all those areas which call for order, discipline, responsibility and perseverance. You will rebel and go against the grain, being far less willing than usual to conform or buckle under. This is especially likely as long as you remain unable to decide on a concrete course of action.
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You heard it here first...about 2 yrs ago!
By ARIELLE LEVIN BECKER
Courant Staff Writer; April 13, 2008
Somewhere between working full time as an office manager and running an embroidery business with her husband, Elaine James got around to pursuing a long-standing dream — a career in fashion. Her husband came across an ad for Gibbs College, and for James, 46, of Windsor, the fashion design program seemed like the right fit.
"I always wanted to be in something creative, and I thought, 'Well, jeez, I can go to the Farmington campus, I can actually go part time and get a degree in three years,'" she said.
But just a few weeks into her first term at Gibbs, James got some unexpected news: the college was closing. Gibbs' parent company, the Career Education Co., axed the college and eight other schools nationwide after attempts to sell the colleges failed.
As part of the closure plans, Gibbs' campuses in Norwalk and Farmington will not accept new students, but will stay open through the end of 2009, giving the majority of the school's 720 students time to finish their associate'sdegrees.
But not all. A smaller number of students who, like James, attend Gibbs part time are worried they will be left without a degree, with credits that they're finding are difficult to transfer and student loans to pay off.
Gibbs President Kurtis M. Peterson said fewer than 50 students are not scheduled to graduate by the time the school closes.
"But if you're one of those 50," he acknowledged, "it's irrelevant how many there are."
Peterson and officials at the state Department of Higher Education have been trying to find ways to accommodate those students and plan to work with each of them individually.
In some cases, that may mean transferring their credits to another school. The University of Bridgeport, Post University and St. Joseph College appear interested in helping, said Jonas Zdanys, the state's associate commissioner for higher education and chief academic officer.
Zdanys is also working with the community college system, though transfers there may be difficult. Public colleges and universities in Connecticut require transfer students to have credits from regionally accredited institutions. Gibbs is accredited in Connecticut, but not by the regional accrediting agency, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Still, schools may consider the Gibbs students' cases unique situations and make exceptions, Zdanys said.
"We want to make sure that we and Gibbs College together make sure that students are protected and that students in effect and in fact get what they anticipated and get what they paid for," Zdanys said.
Javier Arroyo Jr., for one, isn't taking any chances.
Arroyo, 38, felt he was approaching a ceiling in his printing career, and figured Gibbs' visual communications program would help him advance. He works full time for Trinity College's printing services and fits in night classes at Gibbs' Farmington campus, which is near his home in New Britain.
But Arroyo wasn't on pace to graduate before the school closes, and he's found that colleges nearby won't take his credits. He decided not to enroll for the next term, figuring he did not want to spend money on classes if he wasn't sure they would lead to a degree. He has student loans to pay off, and wants to be compensated if his credits won't count anywhere else.
"If I'm leaving now, I'm left with a substantial amount of debt with no degree to show for it," he said.
James is trying another route. Beginning with the coming term, James plans to attend Gibbs full time. That will mean four- to six-hour classes several nights a week after work, and finding extra time for homework, but it will also mean she can get her degree before the school shuts down.
"I'm not inclined to quit," she said. "I made the decision. I sure as heck don't want to quit now that I've only just started."