I am disciplined. I am fearless. I am ESC.

For Jesus Olivera, the decision to return to college boiled down to a simple equation.

“I calculated my career-growth possibilities with and without a degree. The decision was obvious,” Jesus recalls. “If I wanted to continue growing professionally, and I did, I needed to earn my college degree.”

So Jesus went to college. He worked full time at a global investment firm while earning his degree at SUNY ESC. Immediately after graduating, Jesus’s company promoted him to an analyst position.

“The time and effort I dedicated to my studies have already started paying me back,” Jesus says. “My degree helped me move to the next level in my career. I could not be happier.”

Jesus says he benefited from continual support from ESC’s faculty and staff. But he was most inspired by his partner, Michell, who helped him stay the course and graduate with his bachelor’s degree. Jesus was even chosen to be the student speaker at his commencement ceremony.

“Education is a key that helps you unlock many doors,” Jesus says. “ESC courses have immediate application to the real world, which makes this college perfect if you’re hungry for success.”



I AM ESC is both a welcome and a deeply rooted sense of belonging. Here, students come first. Their success is supported every step of the way so they can go confidently into the world and put new skills and ideas into practice.

I AM ESC is a testament to our students’ resolve to do more, to be more, to achieve more. And it is proof that education, family, work and life can go hand in hand, and even enrich the academic experience.

I AM ESC captures the spirit of our students and statewide community. It reflects the talents, interests and diversity of the residents and industries critical to the state we call home.

I AM ESC is a rallying cry – an all-inclusive invitation to students to freely pursue their goals and to fully experience and continually shape our college and programs.  

I AM ESC is a statement of pride, ownership and accomplishment. It’s a celebration of where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going. It’s a guiding force and fundamental element of what ESC is and what ESC does.

I AM ESC is you. And we’re better because of it.

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