Alumni Spotlight: Tyshon Jones

Alumni Spotlight: Tyshon Jones
Jen Iacovelli

Tyshon Jones is one of those students you never forget.  He enrolled in the IYRS Marine Systems program in the fall of 2018.  He commuted to Newport from Connecticut and worked two jobs while attending IYRS. If that wasn’t enough he was also a student ambassador who wrote blog posts and worked open houses.  His passion for what he was learning at IYRS came from a passion for the Marine Industry starting with a fascination with the Titanic.  There may have been several times where we sung a certain Celine Dion song to him – I will not provide video evidence…

When Tyshon walked across the stage and graduated in June 2019, he was met with symphony of cheers from faculty and staff because in his 6 months at IYRS he made a lasting impact, and he continues to as an alum.

Our hope at IYRS is that every student leaves here with a career that they love, in an industry they are excited about, and that they lead successful, rewarding lives.  This is exactly what Tyshon is doing!  He is currently working as an Engineer for Interstate Navigation (The Block Island Ferry). 

His hardworking nature has him working long hours, but he truly enjoys the work.  “What I like most about my job is that every day is learning experience. My boss has been working for the company for around 30 years so he has a lot of knowledge and wisdom that he passes down,” Tyshon says. 

We are so proud of Tyshon and all of the IYRS alumni who are using what they learned at IYRS to establish successful careers! 

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