Dr. Michael Glass Honored

Receives Awards from N.J. Council of County Colleges
and the New Jersey Chapter of Irish Northern Aid

On June 21, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges presented its 2004 Community College Spirit Award to Dr. Michael Glass, director of statewide training programs at Mercer. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Lawrence Nespoli, president of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, Dr. Glass, and Marla Ucelli, chair of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges.

Dr. Michael Glass, Mercer's director of statewide training, received the Community College Spirit Award from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges on June 21 at the Breakers Hotel in Spring Lake. The award is bestowed each year on a select few who have helped advance the community college movement and embody the community college spirit of perseverance, dedication, and excellence.

Dr. Glass was honored for his years of leadership in coordinating the community college sector’s customized training programs as the director of the Network for Occupational Training and Education (NOTE), which works closely with the New Jersey Department of Labor and with businesses and industries throughout the state in providing millions of dollars of customized training programs for employees.

Dr. Glass also directs the sector’s Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) program with the Department of Labor, which trains unemployed individuals to create new small businesses. Since its inception in 1996, the SEA program has helped create over 4500 new small businesses in New Jersey. This past year Dr. Glass chaired the state’s first conference on Entertainment Technology, an important and growing industry in New Jersey. This September, he will chair the second Entertainment Technology Conference.

Dr. Glass has worked at Mercer County Community College for over 27 years. Prior to his current position, he served as the Director of Admissions, the Director of Student Services and the Associate Director of Financial Aid. Dr. Glass holds a bachelors degree in political science from SUNY Buffalo, a master’s degree from SUNY Brockport, and a doctorate in higher education from Rutgers University.

Away from work, Dr. Glass was recently honored by the New Jersey chapter of Irish Northern Aid during its spring dinner dance for his involvement and commitment to Irish American organizations seeking peace and justice in the north of Ireland. In addition to making frequent fact-finding trips to Ireland, he is an officer of the local chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and is a member of the Board of Trustees of its Foundation. With that group's support he was instrumental in creating a fundraising project in the United States to publish a book about the lives of those who have died in the troubles in the north. He regularly attends meetings of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission) in Washington, D.C. and serves on a U.S. State Department select committee that meets regularly with Dr. Mitchell Reiss, President Bush’s envoy for the north of Ireland. He is a member of Irish Northern Aid and the Irish American Unity Conference, and has hosted many politicians and visitors from Ireland and other countries at his home.

Dr. Glass has been involved in the Trenton arts community for over 20 years. He served on the Trenton Arts Commission and the board of the Trenton City Museum for many years, including three years as its president, when he led a successful fundraising campaign to reinstall the museum’s permanent collection of Trenton porcelain and pottery. He is vice-chairperson of his parish council at Sacred Heart Church in Trenton, the oldest Catholic parish in New Jersey, which is just completing a multimillion dollar restoration of its buildings.