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Mark Smith Sr. ’09

Mark Smith Sr.

Mark Smith Sr. ’09
ADMINISTRATIVE PROJECT MANAGER AND FIRE ALARM VARIANCES MANAGER
CITY OF NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENT

Why did you choose Empire State College? What do you think is the best thing about the college?
ESC PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY TO COMPLETE MY TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING STUDIES ON MY TERMS APPROPRIATE TO MY PRIOR AND CURRENT EXPERIENCE AND EMPLOYMENT, PRIOR ACADEMIC CAREER AND STANDINGS AND FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES IN MY CAREER. THE BEST THING ABOUT ESC IS THE SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE AFFORDED STUDENTS IN DESIGNING THEIR ACADEMIC COURSE OF STUDY AND IN DOING SO GAINING THE REQUISITE SKILLS TO ANALYSIS PRIOR EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE AND APPLYING THESE SKILLS IN CHOOSING THE NECESSARY COURSEWORK TO COMPLETE THEIR ACADEMIC DEGREES.

How did Empire State College help you shape your personal and professional goals?
THE CADRE OF PROFESSIONAL ACADEMIC ADVISORS TUTELAGE IN UNDERSTANDING THE STRUCTURE OF ESC BEGINNING COURSE IN DOCUMENTING YOUR PRIOR WORK AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES, ACADEMIC EVALUATIONS, FUTURE EMPLOYMENT AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, AND GAINING KNOWLEDGE OF COURSEWORK AVAILABLE. THE COURSE WORK AND DEGREE CURRICULUM ARE STRUCTURED TO ADVANCE PERSONAL, ACADEMIC, PROFESSIONAL AND FUTURE GOALS INCLUDING APPLICATION OF SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE GAINED BY COMPLETION OF ESC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS IN OUR CHOSEN AREAS OF CONCENTRATION.

What is your career highlight or proudest career moment to date?
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE BODY OF REGULATIONS REGARDING TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING OF CONTROL SYSTEMS WITH SPECIALIZATIONS IN FIRE ALARM AND FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK INCLUDING MULTIPLE CODE DEVELOPMENT CYCLES OF THE NEW YORK CITY FIRE CODES, ELECTRICAL CODES, BUILDING CODES, AND MODIFICATION OF MULTIPLE ADOPTION CYCLES OF THE NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION STANDARDS OF THE NATIONAL FIRE ALARM CODE (NFPA 72-1990, 1999, 2002, 2010) AMENDED FOR CITY OF NEW YORK.

What advice would you give to a current Empire State College student?
REGARDLESS OF CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MAY BEFALL YOUR LIFE, BECAUSE LIFE HAPPENS CONTINUOUSLY, UNDERSTAND AND BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE WORTH EVERY IOTA OF KNOWLEDGE AND OPPORTUNITY THAT YOUR COURSE OF STUDY SHALL AFFORD THOSE WITH THE AMBITION AND COURAGE TO LIVE THEIR DREAM BY COMPLETING YOUR DEGREE NO MATTER HOW FAR OR HOW LONG THE TREK TAKES.

Anything else you would like to share with fellow alumni and students?
“LIVE LONG AND PROSPER”