On Wednesday, May 16, around 30 Newport County High School students received "hands-on" experience with the local manufacturing sector, as well as learned about training opportunities that could lead to Rhode Island based career opportunities after graduation.
At the event organized by the Newport County Mentor/Co-Op Group and the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), the students traveled to Bristol and toured the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) - marine trades and technology school, followed by a visit to local business Clear Carbon & Components.
“It’s great to see so many young people from Rhode Island who have an interest in learning about this exciting industry located right in their own backyard,” said Holly Ashton, IYRS Admissions Associate. “Bristol is a hotbed of composites activity, so all of us involved in this event were glad we could open a door to these students who may very well become tomorrow’s leaders in the composites field.”
Students had the opportunity to meet the school's staff as well as inspect the school's current projects, including the construction of two Moths. Moths are considered to be the fastest dinghy sailed today. To see just how fast these high-performance sailboats could travel, students watched a film of the hydrofoils in action.
After the tour of IYRS, students continued on to Clear Carbon & Components.
With its strong boatbuilding roots, Bristol has long been home to individuals and companies at the vanguard of composite building. The first structure built from modern composites was a fiberglass boat, and Everett Pearson of Bristol-based Pearson Yachts was one of the first companies to bring a fiberglass sailboat to market in the late 1950s.
Today, individuals who are trained to work in composites by building boats have career opportunities in transportation, military, aerospace, wind energy, and other fields.
For More Information
- Students who missed the tour of the IYRS Bristol facilities will have another opportunity to tour the school during a July 17 evening open house.
- IYRS graduation on Saturday, June 2, at the school’s Newport campus on Thames Street, is another opportunity to see student projects launched from the school docks.
- Prospective IYRS applicants can also contact the school’s Admissions Department (email@example.com / 401-848-5777, ext 203 or 216) to inquire about additional opportunities to see the school and learn about its training programs.
- For more information about IYRS, visit www.iyrs.org.