D. Jeremy DeMar ’14
D. Jeremy DeMar ’14
City of Rochester – Emergency Communications Department
Why did you choose Empire State College? What do you think is the best thing about the college?
As the old saying goes, “not enough hours in the day”. This was absolutely the case for me when I began researching prospective Bachelors programs. As a husband, father of three, and full time employee, physically attending classes to complete my undergraduate degree was never an option. The online academic offerings available through SUNY ESC’s Center for Distance Learning and mentors who are subject matter experts in their respective fields made choosing Empire State College an easy decision.
How did Empire State College help you shape your personal and professional goals?
I knew I wanted to study Emergency Management, however the large number of discipline specific classes available through SUNY ESC made course selection and academic program design a bit challenging. My ESC mentor spent a great deal of time learning about my professional background and personal interests. Using this information, he worked closely with me to develop a customized academic program tailored specifically to my needs.
What is your career highlight or proudest career moment to date?
Helping to grow the Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) in New York by providing targeted instruction at 9-1-1 Center’s throughout the state. My work at the state level ultimately led to my being appointed co-chair of the National Joint TERT Initiative, LLC, overseeing and promoting TERT activity in all 50 states.
What advice would you give to a current Empire State College student?
Stick with it. If your schedule only permits you to take two classes a semester, enroll in two classes. Before you know it, you’ll be walking across the stage on graduation day wondering where the time went.
Why do you give back to SUNY Empire?
I think a large number of professionals believe higher education is out of reach simply because of the time commitment. I’ve volunteered to mentor new and prospective ESC students and to speak at ESC events because I want those who don’t believe they’ll be able to succeed to hear from someone who did graduate, while challenged by similar personal and professional obligations.
Anything else you would like to share with fellow alumni and students?
Lifelong learning is critical in any profession. If you’ve been considering college, whether it be to complete an undergraduate degree or to participate in postgraduate studies, now is the time.