CARNEYS POINT – Senate President Steve Sweeney yesterday attended the ground breaking for the Sam and Jean Jones Glass Education Center at Salem County College here.

“It’s important that people learn a useful skill they can use to make a career out of, glass-making is an excellent choice,” said Senator Sweeney (Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “The new building will be able to house more students who have a passion in glass-making, which will allow them to better hone their skills.”

“The reason we are building this new education center is because of the high demand in students who want to learn more about and have the desire to be skillful at glass-making,” said Michael R. Gorman, Ed.D., President of Salem Community College. “The extra space will allow us to have more room for equipment, supplies and most importantly, students.”

The existing the Sam H. Jones Glass Education Center, built in 2009 in Alloway, is located 12 miles away from the Salem County College Campus. The new building will be larger than the current one, allowing for more students to attend classes and further their interested in the glass-making skill. The current building is 10,000 square feet; the new building will be 15,000 square feet.

Since the opening of the Glass Education Center, enrollment in the Glass Art program has increased by 115 percent and the Scientific Glass Program has grown by 220 percent. Salem Community College’s new glass center will allow for continued growth in these unique programs.

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