Graduates Marc Durocher and Andrea Jackman are the First in Their Ranks

Published on Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Among the 343 Becker College candidates for degrees in 2007 are two outstanding students who are the first to graduate in their programs. Marc Durocher, of Auburn, is the first student to graduate with an accelerated bachelor of science degree in management by way of Becker’s Pathways program. Andrea Jackman, of Brooklyn, N.Y. is the first graduate of the pre-veterinary concentration, a new addition to the bachelor of science in veterinary science program.

Durocher has been employed at Verizon since before it was called Verizon. When he decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the age of 54, but lacked the credits to enroll, Becker College created a “pathway” into its accelerated degree in business management for Durocher. In less than a year, taking one evening class a week, Pathways allows adult students to earn the credits they need to enroll in the accelerated bachelor’s degree program. Durocher is proud to be Becker’s first Pathways graduate. Among more than 300 working adults enrolled in Becker’s accelerated programs, 85 made it there through Pathways. 

When Durocher started working in 1969, it was not so crucial to have a college degree. He achieved the highest scores in his class each time he took his company’s training exams, and he has held management positions since 1983. He credits perseverance for getting him to his position as an engineering staff consultant, and he is aware that, in the modern job market, he could not have come so far without a degree. Durocher currently co-chairs a committee dedicated to the research and development of opportunities to implement fuel cell technology and to promote the need for economical green energy solutions. He is also on the management committee for Intelec, an IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)-sponsored international power symposium. With the completion of his bachelor’s degree, he plans to pursue an MBA and is exploring future opportunities; but first, he says, it’s time for a vacation.

In addition to being the first student to complete the requirements of the rigorous pre-veterinary concentration, Jackman won one of only six veterinary technician internships at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York City.  The world-renowned facility, located in Manhattan, employs 80 veterinarians (32 veterinarians of which are professionally board-certified) and sees approximately 50,000 cases annually.  Jackman will live with other veterinary technicians in nearby apartments (her room and board included) and rotate throughout various departments, including surgery, patient services, intensive care, emergency care, exotics and an elective rotation. She will also attend weekly lectures given by AMC staff veterinarians. The year-long internship will culminate in a 20-minute, researched case study presentation for the AMC staff.

Jackman completed her senior preceptorship at the Sixth Avenue Animal Clinic in Brooklyn, where she has worked periodically since attending high school. A science and math tutor in Becker’s Center for Academic Success, Jackman was recognized for her efforts with a Peer Tutor Award. Her pre-veterinary degree and prestigious intern experience will prepare her to pursue an advanced degree in wildlife medicine and small animal surgery.