Westlawn enrollment up more than 60 percent

EDGEWATER, Md. – The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology has increased its enrollment by more than 60 percent over the past nine months, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) said in a release today.

ABYC acquired Westlawn, the only nationally accredited and state certified distance-learning school of small-craft design in the United States, from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) last May.

“The combined resources and abilities of ABYC and Westlawn are proving an ideal mix for enhancing Westlawn and the Westlawn program,” Dave Gerr, Westlawn’s director, said. “We are moving forward with continuous updating and evaluation of the curriculum and course materials, our Web site and much more, and we ask that you stay tuned for more exciting new developments from Westlawn in the next few months.”

Founded in 1930, Westlawn is now a not-for-profit educational affiliate of the ABYC. Its primary function is to assure a continual source of highly skilled designers to the marine industry.

In addition to the increase in enrollment, Westlawn also cited several other examples to illustrate what it believes is continued growth:

  • Westlawn has graduated 36 students from its four Modules.
  • Two Westlawn students have gone on to positions at prominent design offices: Farr International and the Oracle BMW Racing’s America’s Cup Team
  • A completely upgraded CAD policy and curriculum has been put in place, ensuring that Westlawn graduates will be proficient in the latest in CAD drawing, hull fairing and advanced 3D modeling technology
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