IYRS to get federal funding for new program

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Next week, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., along with the staffs of the International Yacht Restoration School and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation will announce new federal funding he secured to help establish the IYRS Composites Technology program.

Reed secured $500,000 in the fiscal year 2010 appropriations spending bill to help establish this program, which will train skilled technicians for industries that are central to the state's economic development.

The nine-month IYRS Composites Technology Program will be offered at the school's facility in Bristol, R.I., beginning in September.

The program is targeted to meet the needs of the marine industry, but graduates will have a choice of career paths since the high strength-to-weight ratio of composite materials pioneered by boatbuilders is now in demand by many industries, including wind energy, aerospace and transportation.

"The Composites Technology Program rounds out our offerings as a technical training institute for the marine industry. The program uses the same in-depth, intensive educational model that has earned our programs an international reputation for excellence," IYRS president Terry Nathan said when the program was first announced.

Reed's announcement is set for 11 a.m. Monday.

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