UPDATE: Salem Community College is in discussions with local legislators and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education in further pursuit of this degree program.
September 20, 2019
Salem Community College is preparing for the future by proposing the nation’s first Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Scientific Glass Technology.
SCC’s nationally renowned Associate in Applied Science degree program in Scientific Glass Technology – the only one of its kind -- will mark its 60th anniversary in 2019. “The glass program is experiencing a growing demand with a record enrollment,” said Dr. Michael R. Gorman, President of Salem Community College.
Pending approval by the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, the baccalaureate program would be the first offered by a New Jersey community college. Gorman believes Salem Community College is uniquely qualified to help prepare scientific glass technologists to successfully compete in the 21st century marketplace.
“The demand for scientific glassblowing is evolving into new areas of glass technology where additional knowledge will compliment career opportunities for our students,” he said.
Gorman and the SCC glass programs’ faculty and staff have engaged consultants and industry experts who have offered strategic advice. “With the baccalaureate program, students would learn a great deal more about materials and business models and experience internships that would accelerate their place in the work force.
“Glass is a 5,000-year-old material of the future,” he said, “and here in southern New Jersey, Salem Community College is surrounded by a multi-billion dollar glass industry that we proudly partner with by delivering quality, workforce-ready graduates. We hope to strengthen this partnership through this innovative bachelor’s degree program.”
Caption: SCC Scientific Glass Technology graduate Joseph Neil Messinger, works at Meggitt PLC, a global engineering business specializing in aerospace equipment, in Southern California. Messinger graduated with high honors in May 2017.