Sailor fulfills promise to mom, earning college degree
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[April 20, 2010]
In mid-December 2009, Jared L. Coers,
formerly of New Holland, fulfilled the promise he had made to his
mother, Roseann Coers, back in June 1993.
Jared had enlisted in the U.S. Navy in its delayed-entry program the
summer following his junior year in high school. In June 1993 he had
graduated from Lincoln Community High School and was leaving for
basic training at Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago. How would
college fit into these military plans? Jared promised his mother he
would get his college education.
Jared did his advanced training at the submarine school in
Groton, Conn. In the past 16 years, he has served on the following
submarines: the USS Augusta, Groton, Conn.; the USS West Virginia,
St. Mary's, Ga.; and the USS Springfield, Groton, Conn.
Jared has achieved the rank of chief petty officer and has been
stationed at North Island Base in San Diego, Calif., as a Tomahawk
instructor for the past three years at the Center for Surface Combat
During this time in San Diego, Jared really pushed to complete
his college degree. SIU-Carbondale has a satellite campus in San
Diego, and he attended classes for eight hours a day every Saturday
and Sunday for one year as well as taking more classes online when
possible. A number of times the professors would hold his grade on
an assignment until the rest of the class caught up with him. Jared
was on a mission and there was no holding him back from completing
In the summer of 2009, Jared received notification that all
requirements had been met for the bachelor's degree from SIU-Carbondale.
As Jared puts it, "It may have taken me 16 years, but I did get it
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Now another important decision had to be made: dress blues or cap
and gown. There was never any doubt. His wife, Melissa, and his
mother were in agreement: dress blues, of course!
In December 2009, CPO Jared L. Coers graduated summa cum laude
from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, with a bachelor's
degree, majoring in Workforce Education and Development.
At the graduation ceremony, he was the only white cap in a sea of
Jared is the son of David and Roseann Coers of New Holland. He is
married to the former Melissa Meyers of Mount Pulaski. They have
four children, Caleigh, Keeghan, Meghann and Madyson. Jared and his
family will be moving to Groton, Conn., this summer, as he is
scheduled to return to submarine duty on the USS Annapolis.
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