'Started with a generous grant from the Agnes Varis Charitable Trust, GlassRoots offers a unique apprenticeship program – in Scientific Glassblowing!
GlassRoots program is short-term and highly focused to prepare young adults in the greater Newark area to be entry-level glassblowing apprentices in the scientific and industrial glass industry for glassware manufacture and repair.
This is an intensive 12-week, employer-driven program; our partners include: The American Scientific Glassblowers Society; ‘Q’ Glass Company, Towaco, NJ; NJIT, Essex County College; Salem County College Glass Education Program; NJDOL, Newark Public Schools, and others. Scientific glassworking requires more training than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. Entry-level jobs in this industry are projected to grow by a healthy 8-14% on a national basis according to the US Department of Labor Occupational Information Network.
Potential employers and Salem Community College (one of the nation's only degree-granting educational institution with a major in scientific glass) indicate an ongoing, strong need for entry level workers.
The largest number of scientific glass firms in the world is in New Jersey, providing access to potential employers and training partners.
Entry level wage rates of $12 per hour, rising to $30 per hour mean a pathway to the middle class by preparing young workers for opportunities .
How does GlassRoots program work? GlassRoots offers this program to high school graduates or individuals with a GED. Individuals ages 18 - 27ish. The program includes:
Academic Preparation. Introduction to Computer Aided Design, Drafting and Blueprint Reading; Geometric Concepts for Glass Blowers. Up to 60 hours of academic preparation staffed by our college partners. Apprentices are instructed in basic AutoCad, measurement, and three-dimensional design.
Scientific Glass Studio Work. Up to 140 hours of hands-on scientific flameworking training will be provided by members of the American Scientific Glassblowing Society and at the world renowned Glass Education Center at Salem Community College. Students learn how to make borosilicate glassware and elements of artistic glassblowing.
Workplace Readiness Training. To prepare participants to be productive and successful in their first job, apprentices complete up to 45 hours of soft skills training covering: workplace ethics and behavior; 21st Century job search, research, networking and social media skills; professionalism and responsibility; interviewing; entrepreneurial thinking; communication in the workplace; self esteem; financial literacy; managing family issues; time management and more.
On-the-Job Internship. Apprentices complete an up to 40-hour internship with a local scientific glassware company to solidify their skills and for real-world experience. Transportation costs are covered by the program.
Attendance and Performance Commitment. All participants are expected to arrive on time and attend all classes and field visits. Three unexcused late arrivals/absences,unacceptable or unprofessional behavior are grounds for removal from the program. Tuition paid will not be refunded if participants are dismissed for either excessive absences or behavioral issues.
Upon Program Completion: Scientific Glassware Portfolio; Recognized Membership in the American Scientific Glassblowing Society; Job Placement Assistance.