IYRS expands its offerings

NEWPORT, R.I. – The International Yacht Restoration School, an accredited vocational school and center for maritime restoration, has expanded its continuing education program for marine-industry professionals and qualified restoration enthusiasts, according to an IYRS press release yesterday.

Courses for marine professionals were added for the fall term after a period of fact-finding in the U.S. and Canada. A survey on training needs was sent to some 800 boat builders and yards. Survey results, complemented by conversations with key industry people, were used to develop the program.

“Boatyards who hire our full-time students continually send us positive feedback not only on our graduates’ strong technical skills, but on traits that may be harder to teach: placing a high value on craftsmanship and quality, and having true enthusiasm for the work they do,” said Terry Nathan, president of IYRS. “We want to extend that education to more people in the marine field, particularly those who cannot attend a full-time program.”

The courses for marine professionals will have a broader focus, including instruction in boat building and maintenance skills that can be applied to classic and modern craft. Other courses will focus on systems, engines, electronics, project management, and finishing techniques using coatings and paints. Courses will be taught by both IYRS instructors and outside experts.

The school’s continuing education courses and its lecture program are two ways the public can take advantage of the expertise available through IYRS. Courses are scheduled for evenings and weekends and begin in early September. Most classes will be held at the IYRS campus in Newport. Sessions that require special equipment not available at the school will be held at Hinckley Yacht Services in Portsmouth.

For course descriptions, visit the IYRS website at www.iyrs.org. To request a course catalog and/or registration information, contact program associate Jay Picotte (401-848-5777/ jpicotte@iyrs.org).

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