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Butler students get a way to graduate

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HARTFORD — Some 85 students left in a lurch after the abrupt closing of Butler Business School in Bridgeport and its sister facilities will get certificates of completion from the state instead.

The General Assembly on Wednesday voted for the measure and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to sign it.

The bill will allow Jane Ciarleglio, director of the state’s Office of Higher Education to sign certificates for students who completed course work before Butler and the Sawyer Schools in Hamden and Hartford closed without warning just before the New Year. The closing violated state law which requires schools to give at least 60 days notice.

Ciarleglio said the certificate is needed in order for students to take a certification test which can lead to a higher paying job in the medical assisting field.

In all, 355 students in the state were displaced by the closing. Those who did not complete course work must transfer to other schools or can get their student loans discharged. An information session is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 8 at Housatonic Community College for those students.

Sen. Andres Ayala, D-Bridgeport, said he will be thrilled to vote for the measure. “Many of these students have jobs already lined up and have been unable to enter the workforce because of the irresponsible actions of Butler Business School,” he said.

Sen. Anthony Musto, D-Bridgeport, said a quick vote was necessary to end the limbo for those students.

Ciarleglio said the approved legislation applies only to this situation and can not allow her office to issue certificates if other for-profit professional trade schools close without warning.

“This was kind of a big deal. We had to work with the accreditation agency had to get them to agree to it,” said Ciarleglio.

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Linda Lambeck

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