For Gap Year Students


IYRS School of Technology & Trades in Newport, Rhode Island is an exciting option for learners who enjoy experiential, hands-on education. IYRS offers STEM-based certificate programs that will teach you skills that you can use for a lifetime while providing an immersive educational experience at our campus located on the edge of Newport Harbor. Gap year programs range from 6 to 9 months.

Are you someone who likes to work with your hands? Do you enjoy seeing your work physically come to life at the end of each day? If so, a gap year at IYRS may be the perfect fit. During your time at IYRS you will learn new skills, take a breath during or after high school, college, or career, and prepare for your future in a supportive and immersive learning environment. 

Gap Year Programs
Composites Technology - 9 month, nationally accredited certificate program which begins in September
Digital Modeling & Fabrication - 9 month, nationally accredited certificate program which begins in September
Marine Systems - 6 month, nationally accredited certificate program which begins in September or March

IYRS is a non-profit school where you'll learn hands-on skills to design, create, and build everything from surfboards to electrical panels on yachts to drones to products you've designed yourself. Your gap year at IYRS will help you build your educational resume with a meaningful (and fun!) experience while still allowing you to apply to your future college as a freshman if you are a recent high school graduate.

Each of our programs is nationally accredited by ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges) and the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education. Students are not required to have any specialized science or math skills to be accepted into the program.

Our faculty to student ratio is intentionally low so that each student receives individualized attention with one goal in mind: student success. Make the most of your gap year. Request information today. 


IYRS offers scholarships and financial aid to all gap year students who qualify. Students will automatically be considered for all IYRS scholarships as part of their application process.

See all available scholarships and grants here. 

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