Thank you to everyone for the responses to my recent internship requests (via the group mailing list and discussion board). I have located and accepted an internship so I should have my requirements complete by mid-December for my 1-year certificate. Then on (much more slowly, however) to my 2-year degree.
My schedule this term is extremely full but I hope to be able to make the time to attend most of the meetings during the next few months and I hope to be able to meet everyone who graciously responded with offers or suggestions. This is a great group -- helpful and generous -- and I hope to be a member for a long time and to soon be able to contribute something back.
Again, thank you for all the help.