Roger Williams University and the International Yacht Restoration School are joining forces on a partnership that will allow IYRS graduates to apply elective credits toward degree programs offered at the university's School of Continuing Studies.
The effort is part of the Rhode Island schools’ strategy for offering students a path from experiential training programs focused on craftsmanship and technical skills to a comprehensive college education that results in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
“Many of our younger students, passionate about working with their hands and building things, also want a 2- or 4-year degree that enriches their lives and offers broad opportunities,” IYRS president Terry Nathan said in a statement. “Partnering with Roger Williams achieves this goal. RWU is a great school with a beautiful campus. Importantly, we share common values and educational principles.”
The university will award 15 credits to students who have completed the Marine Systems or Composite Technology programs at IYRS and matriculate in the bachelor of general studies, associate in arts or associate in science programs at Roger Williams.
IYRS students who complete the two-year boatbuilding and restoration program will be granted 30 credits toward the bachelor of general studies or associate programs at the university.
“We place tremendous value on offering our students access to classrooms comprised of individuals who bring a wide variety of perspectives, life experiences and skill sets to their studies,” Roger Williams associate provost Robert A. Cole said in a statement. “Not only are we happy to offer IYRS students the chance to continue their education at RWU, but our current students will benefit greatly from the ideas offered by individuals dedicated to recapturing hands-on trade and craftsmanship skills.”
The credits will be applied toward elective requirements in the bachelor’s and associate degree programs. Students who enroll in the bachelor of general studies program will be encouraged to pursue the Technology Leadership and Management concentration.
To apply the IYRS credits, students must apply and be accepted to the university; the application fee will be waived for IYRS graduates.