This Wednesday, April 6, the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) will open its doors to the public at its teaching facility in Bristol, Rhode Island.
The event runs from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the school’s 5,000-square-foot facility at the Franklin Street Marine Corridor at 253 Franklin Street, which is home to the school’s Marine Systems and Composites Technology programs.
The Open House presents the opportunity to learn about IYRS training programs as well as the skills in demand in the current marketplace. Attendees will also be able to meet with IYRS instructors and staff, get answers to questions about admissions and financial aid, tour the facilities, and see student projects now underway.
Both the Marine Systems and Composites Technology programs run at the Bristol facility are full-time, 9-month programs.
The Marine Systems program teaches students to install, maintain, and troubleshoot the onboard systems used on modern and classic boats, such as electrical, electronic, fuel, propulsion, and steering systems. Developed with the marine trades and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), the program prepares students to sit for the relevant ABYC certification testing, a gold-medal standard in the industry.
The Composites Technology program, launched in 2010, trains students in the theory and hands-on practice of working with composite materials, a method of building that produces structures with a high strength-to-weight ratio. The marine industry was a pioneer in the field, and light, durable, high-performance boats were some of the first products built using these materials and processes.
IYRS offers 3 full-time programs and an extensive menu of professional development courses from its 2 locations in Newport and Bristol. Each campus is uniquely suited to the programs offered at its locale. The Newport waterfront campus—with its historic buildings from 1831 and 1903—is home to the Boatbuilding & Restoration program and the site of notable historic restorations, including the restoration of the 1885 schooner yacht Coronet. The Bristol teaching facility is based at the Franklin Street Marine Corridor, an industrial/educational complex where students mix with marine-industry companies.
Ned Jones, Director of Admissions,
(401-848-5777, ext. 203)
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