Joseph Neil Messinger enrolled at SCC in fall 2015 after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Marketing Communications from Ohio State. “I studied studio art glass for fun before deciding that glass was my ultimate passion,” he said.
At SCC, he excelled in the Scientific Glass Technology program, graduating with high honors in May 2016.
Today, Neil works in Southern California for Meggitt PLC, a global engineering business specializing in aerospace equipment. He fabricates glass sensors that are installed into military jet-powered aircraft.
Scientific Glass Technology (SGT) graduate Olivia Bugbee parlayed a summer internship at GE Global Research in upstate New York into a full-time position with the company. Olivia, a graduate of Northampton Area Public High School in Pennsylvania, interned with GE Global Research during the summer of 2013, between her first and second year at SCC.
“It has been my experience that a great number of jobs available in the industry require the SCC degree,” said Olivia, who learned about SCC’s program via an online search.
For Emily Peterson and her mother Nancy DuBois, art has always been a part of their lives.
"I’ve always been an artistic person and I’ve always loved to work with my hands. After graduating early from high school, Salem Community College and the glass program seemed a natural fit," said Emily, a former home-schooled student who earned her GED at age 16.
After taking glass art electives at SCC 10 years ago, Nancy recently enrolled in the College’s glass art program.
I have lived in Salem County my whole life. After attending Salem County Vocational Technical High School, I wanted to further my education and still live at home, so I chose SCC. My next choice was a degree; I began looking into what SCC had to offer and came across Scientific Glass Technology. After talking to a few faculty members, I was convinced to pursue this degree.
Aaron Kirchhoff graduated from the Scientific Glass Technology program at Salem Community College in 2008. While living in Iowa, he developed a continued interest in a variety of subjects throughout his youth, some of which included art and science.
Jo Wu is living her life just as she chooses -- making art and scientific apparatus from glass.
"I love everything about working with glass," said Wu, a 2011 Salem Community College grad who double-majored in scientific glass and glass art. Wu's decision to attend SCC came after being involved in a nearly-fatal car accident, an incident that she says changed her life.
New York native Kristin Deady came to Salem Community College's Glass Art program after working as a production flameworker in California. While there, she set up her own flameworking studio in her garage where she could continue to practice flameworking.
Deady's co-workers exposed her to different flameworking techniques and the work of many glass artists. However, the company she worked for eventually closed. It was then that Kristin realized that she wanted to pursue a career in glass.