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Kiva Ford

Kiva Ford

 

By day, Kiva Ford is the scientific glassblower at the University of Notre Dame. By night, he is an incredibly talented artist who has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, and in numerous art blogs and vlogs.

“SCC was paramount in starting my career as a glassblower. Without SCC, I would not be where I am today,” said Kiva, a 2004 graduate in scientific glass technology.

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Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith

Jordan H. Smith, a 2012 graduate of the Scientific Glass Technology program, became Purdue University’s full-time scientific glassblower this year.

I had been looking for a university position for a while and when I heard the position was open I didn’t dare hesitate to apply,” said Jordan, who grew up in Tarpon Springs Fla.

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Unami Susan Moeti

Unami Susan Moeti

 

A 7,704-mile journey that began in January 2016 for Unami Susan Moeti of Botswana will culminate with an associate in applied science degree with high honors in scientific glass technology on May 16.

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Neil Messinger

Neil Messinger

 

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.

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Olivia Bugbee

Olivia Bugbee

 

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.

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Emily Peterson Nancy Dubois

Emily Peterson Nancy Dubois

 

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.

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Paula Mandel

Paula Mandel

 

Philadelphia artist enhances career through SCC

Paula Mandel began her artistic career as a painter before turning to the medium of glass to bring substance to her vision.

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Ariel Heibel

Ariel Heibel

 

Why did you choose SCC?

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.

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Aaron Kirchhoff

Aaron Kirchhoff

 

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.

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Jo Wu

Jo Wu

 

Graduate pursuing her passion for glass

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.

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