IYRS School of Boatbuilding & Restoration will welcome prospective students and guests to an open house for the Boatbuilding & Restoration educational program at IYRS on Saturday, December 5th, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

IYRS students spend two academic years training to become advanced woodworkers through wooden boatbuilding in Newport, RI, a boating and sailing paradise. Students can expect to learn-by-doing, using traditional hand tools and woodworking techniques, power tools and machinery, steam-bending techniques, hull shape and lofting, joinery and spar making, surveying and assessment, hand drafting and computer-aided design drafting, project management, sailing and boat handling, and a whole lot more.

There is no “typical” IYRS student – IYRS welcomed students right out of high school, career-changers, international students, and Veterans who may use Military education benefits for the non-profit program. With a 90% job placement rate and a comprehensive career services student planning and support program, IYRS presents a unique life experience and career-path opportunity.

At the Boatbuilding & Restoration open house, guests will witness the passion, teamwork, history and the community surrounding this program. Current students, faculty, and IYRS staff will present guests critical information about IYRS as an hands-on education opportunity and career launch-pad, and students will guide guests on a tour of the facilities, the workshops, student projects, and of course the 131-foot Coronet, a beautiful wooden yacht first launched in 1885 and currently under restoration on the IYRS campus.

To register for the open house, visit http://www.iyrs.edu/boats.

For those interested in a 6-month IYRS program, the School of Marine Systems and School of Composites Technology open house will be on Friday, December 4th in Bristol, RI.

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