An Open House on April 3 will not only showcase the school’s educational programs: it will also include an in-depth seminar on how to pay for them. IYRS Manager of Student Affairs Debra Huntington will walk attendees through financial aid strategies during the Open House and overview funding sources that have helped students get on a fast track to promising careers.
The Open House takes place from 4 to 7 pm on Tuesday, April 3 at the school’s Bristol facility (253 Franklin Street, Bristol); Debra Huntington’s seminar begins at 5:30 pm. The Marine Systems and Composites Technology programs, both full-time programs that run six months long, are based at the Bristol location.
“Now is the time for potential students to be planning ahead for next term,” said Susan Daly of IYRS. “Beginning this September, our Marine Systems and Composites Technology programs will follow a shorter, six-month timeframe—and with new scholarships and more extensive veteran benefits, students beginning our programs in 2012 have more options in the way of financial aid.”
Huntington’s seminar is designed to educate potential students and their parents about funding an education at IYRS. The seminar will focus on how to locate sources of financial-aid funding and the procedures for applying for different programs and benefits. Funding sources utilized by IYRS students include federal and state grant and loan programs, alternative loans, scholarships, and benefits for eligible veterans.
In January 2012, IYRS announced a new family of scholarship opportunities, some of which will cover 50 percent of the awarded student’s tuition. There are also scholarship funds specifically for Rhode Island residents and women students. Last October, IYRS also became one of the learning institutions approved to certify benefits to eligible veterans via the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act (Chapter 33); this program now joins other veteran-benefit programs that can be tapped for IYRS training.
Open House attendees will also be able to tour the school’s facilities, meet IYRS staff and see student projects underway. On view will be the work of composites students, who push the leading edge to build structures that are space-age light yet strong; student-built components for high-performance Moth hydrofoil sailboats and an electric race car will be on view during the Open House.
Students in the Systems program learn to install, maintain and troubleshoot the onboard systems used on classic and modern boats. Students in the Composites Technology Program learn both hands-on skills and the theory behind the processes and applications of this fast-evolving technology; composites graduates have a wide choice of career paths since the high strength-to-weight ratio of composite materials pioneered by boat builders is now in demand by many industries—including wind energy, aerospace, and transportation.
In both programs, students are prepared to take national, industry-recognized certification exams that are valuable credentials for job seekers. These certifications are issued by the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), and the American Composites Manufacturers Association.