Rhode Island trade group holds youth boat launch event

Teenagers who are graduating from a summer boatbuilding program will launch their boats during a ceremony at Fort Adams State Park on Thursday.
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Teenagers in Newport County, Rhode Island, who are graduating from a summer boatbuilding program will launch their boats during a ceremony at Fort Adams State Park on Thursday.

The program, held this summer at the Newport Area Career and Technical Center, is coordinated by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and was held for the second successive year in Newport.

The six-week course is designed for 14- to 16-year-old students and incorporates hands-on skill building, marine-trades career exploration, leadership development and adult mentoring.

This program is an integral part of RIMTA’s efforts to help more young people in Rhode Island learn about careers in the marine trades. Twelve students participated under the guidance of instructor Ben Ellcome.

RIMTA also launched a similar program this summer at Birchwood Middle School in North Providence.

Students will launch two boats they built this summer — a 17-foot Northeaster Dory and a 15-foot rowing boat.

The program is made possible by support from the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island.

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