Westlawn Institute’s new location approved

EASTPORT, Maine — The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology and The Boat School recently reported that the Washington, D.C.-based Distance Education and Training Council has inspected and approved Westlawn Institute’s new offices in Eastport, Maine.

On June 23, DETC executive director Mike Lambert conducted the site inspection of the Westlawn Institute office on the second floor of The Boat School shop building. After reviewing Westlawn’s operations and set-up with Westlawn director Dave Gerr, Lambert also toured the shop and classroom facilities of The Boat School, guided by instructor Brian Duffy.

In his report to the DETC Accrediting Committee, Lambert wrote, “The synergies between the boat-centric City of Eastport, The Boat School and Westlawn are already producing results, with Westlawn staff providing guest lecturers to The Boat School.”

On July 6, Westlawn Institute received its revised certificate of accreditation from DETC finalizing Westlawn’s official move to Eastport.

“Westlawn Institute is the oldest school in the U.S. teaching boat design,” Gerr said in a statement. “We have always been 100 percent distance learning and distance learning only, so we don’t have classes on site. It can seem like there’s not a lot going on, but we have over 200 students all over the world. There’s a great deal happening behind the scenes. We could be located anywhere, but we chose Eastport as the best fit for Westlawn’s mission, and we’re proud to be new citizens of the city of Eastport.”

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