Started with a generous grant from the Agnes Varis Charitable Trust, GlassRoots offers a unique apprenticeship program – in Scientific Glassblowing!
The jobs report for June 2013 found that among teens alone, the jobless rate was almost 25 percent -- more than three times the rate for the nation as a whole. GlassRoots aims to change that statistic for our students.
What is it? Scientific Glassblowing is the process of creating glass apparatus and glass systems used in research and production. Read more here. Where is it found? Scientific glassware is found in many government, educational and industrial laboratories. Chemical, medical, pharmaceutical and engineering laboratories use scientific glassware extensively, and almost all areas of scientific research will use glass at some time.
Who does it? Scientific Glassblowers. These valuable allies in contemporary research are skilled artisans who form the glass into the shapes and dimensions called for by the scientific investigator. The glassblower usually has a strong background and understanding of the sciences. It takes training in a multidisciplinary environment to develop the professional scientific glassblower.
How is it done? Using a torch or burner, scientific glassblowers heat, form and seal glass tubing, rod and pre-formed components into glass apparatus. Occasionally you will still hear of this style of glassblowing referred to as lampworking.
How does GlassRoots program work? GlassRoots offers this program to high school graduates or individuals with a GED. Individuals ages 18 - 27ish over a 12 week, full time period. 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.