- Major: Humanities & Social Sciences
- High School: Marcellus, Class of 1980
Andrew Casler has done a little bit of everything. He’s a Veteran who has worked as an elevator mechanic, a pilot and a flight instructor. Today he’s a 56 year old college student pursuing a new career. “I did the right thing coming back to school. I’m not looking towards retirement. I want to keep working.”
Casler graduated from Marcellus High School in 1980 and decided to go directly into the workforce. Six years later he joined the United States Army and served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. While stationed there he earned an associate degree in Business from Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.
After being honorably discharged from the Army, Casler returned to Central New York and took classes at OCC. He focused on the prerequisites he would need while working toward a bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL.
After working as a pilot and flight instructor along with spending 20 years as an elevator mechanic, Casler became interested in Nursing while serving in a variety of positions at Syracuse’s VA Hospital. In August he began taking classes at the College. He’s a Humanities & Social Sciences major and is focused on co-requisites for the Nursing program which he will be admitted to next fall.
Earlier this semester Casler was inducted into the College’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. “Getting inducted was a huge deal. I was shocked. I was a ‘B’ student in high school. I wasn’t big on school then but I became the first person in my family to go to college.”
Casler hopes to earn his Nursing degree in May 2020. He plans to work as an RN while continuing his education. “I’m interested in Psychiatric Nursing or becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. One of my ultimate goals is to work on foreign or domestic missions. I want to go to where there is a need. I know there is a lot out there.