College + Coast Guard = Maritime Success

Robert S. Glassman
Sales Engineer
A.A., 1997

Robert S. Glassman earned his Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis in business administration in 1997 from Palm Beach Community College.

Glassman now serves as the senior technical sales engineer for Voyager Maritime Alliance Group, where he sells and engineers navigation and entertainment systems for yachts and boats.

Prior to this, the New Jersey native had a successful 20-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard. His first assignment in the Coast Guard was on the Cutter Mohawk in Key West. “It was on this cutter amid saving lives and deterring migrant and drug smuggling that I discovered working with maritime electronics was fun.” He then attended school through the Coast Guard for electronics and acquired several related certifications.

“Later in my Coast Guard career, my PBCC degree allowed me to attend Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in New London, Conn. This propelled me to leadership and massive project management positions, including managing search and rescue efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina and creating technology infrastructures for the Deepwater Horizon disaster,” Glassman said.

His advice to students is to never quit in any area of life. “School can get tough and you may change your degree many times like I did; keep going until you find your passion and then put your strongest effort there.” He also recommends all students complete a bachelor’s degree and highly recommends military service–“any branch, but the Coast Guard is the best, of course.”