Careers For Veterans

IYRS: A Top Post-Military Choice For Veterans

As a veteran, you know the value of teamwork. You've experienced the power of working together with others who have a similar approach and tenacity. You've become adept in using the resources around you to analyze, plan and execute. You've pushed yourself to succeed, and matter the environment. 

You're just who we are looking for.

Do you want to engage your mind and your hands at the same time, while you looking for a new challenge?

Maybe you haven't found your fit in the traditional civilian or academic environments.

Perhaps you're in the process of searching for a change in to pursue a bigger vision. Maybe you've found yourself more at home in adventure than in a classroom.

If this vision resonates with you, there's a place waiting for you at IYRS, where our students learn to Build Beyond Ordinary.

Programs Of Study

Our Commitment To Those Who Served

IYRS is proud of its history of educating veterans as they transition from the military to civilian careers. As a veteran, IYRS will help you to transform the skills you developed in the military—an ability to work with your hands, to work in teams, to problem solve, and to adapt—into a career as a highly trained craftsperson and technician.

The skills you learn at IYRS will help provide a foundation for a successful career across diverse industries including the marine trades, aerospace, wind energy, medical devices, and many others.

GI Bill Benefits

The GI Bill exists to help to active service members and Veterans with the cost of education or vocational training. Several different bill specifications exist, and they apply towards college degree programs, technical training, apprenticeships, certification reimbursement and others. You may be eligible to tap into your GI Bill benefits and use this assistance toward your tuition or other expenses associated with IYRS, such as textbooks and school supplies.

IYRS has a long history of educating Veterans and we place a deep value on helping you transition to a new career.

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

These services assist Veterans with job training, resume writing, and job skills coaching. As a Veteran, you'll have access to personalized coaching and support as you use your skills and experience toward a career change. These resources are available to you as you work through your IYRS program of choice, giving you added support in the job search and application process.

In addition to the career training and support offered by IYRS, you can use these Voc Rehab resources to position yourself for career success in your new industry.

Veterans Benefits

Veterans Benefits offer specific assistance to help former service members as they adjust to civilian life and careers. You can access education benefits in addition to pension benefits, disability compensation, home loan benefits, life insurance benefits, and others.

To make the most of VA education benefits, apply online through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. You can also visit your closest VA regional office or submit your application by mail.

If you need some extra assistance as you apply for Veterans Benefits, please reach out to Student Services at IYRS. We're here to help and want to make the process as smooth and simple as possible. Contact us with any questions and learn more about how to apply for Veterans Benefits here.

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About IYRS

IYRS School of Technology & Trades is a non-profit, post-secondary experiential learning institution in Newport, Rhode Island and is the premier marine trades and modern manufacturing school in the United States. IYRS offers education & training programs for people with a passion for thinking and working through their hands.

IYRS was founded in 1993 as the International Yacht Restoration School on the Newport harborfront. It was originally founded to teach students the fine craftsmanship and restoration skills necessary to preserve maritime heritage through the restoration of historically significant wooden sailing yachts. Since that time, IYRS has grown into a world-class learning institution offering four full-time, accredited experiential programs.

The IYRS student body is diverse, comprised of women and men, high school and college graduates, veterans, career changers, and up-skillers. Our students come from across the United States and the world and range in age from 18-78. The unique viewpoints of IYRS students and faculty contribute to a rich learning culture and educational experience.

When you complete your studies at IYRS, you'll find that graduation isn't the end — it's the beginning. You'll be prepared to step into a fulfilling career full of creation and discovery. You'll have new opportunities and career growth — stemming not only from a degree in a nationally renowned boatmaking school, but from a sense of confidence and accomplishment as well.

As a veteran, why choose IYRS?

  • We cap our enrollment to ensure each student receives the individual support he or she needs from our experienced faculty.
  • IYRS is approved to certify educational benefits for eligible veterans, including the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® and other benefits.
  • Our student body is diverse, from high school graduates to veterans to career changers, and all students contribute their unique viewpoint to the learning process.
  • The skillset you’ve built through your time serving our country is directly applicable to the detail oriented and hands-on experiential model of IYRS programs.

Helpful Information for Veterans

IYRS School of Technology & Trades is a VA approved school.

Learn about using your GI Bill® benefits here.

Learn about Vocational Rehabilition & Employment (Voc Rehab) here.

Learn how to apply for Veterans Benefits here.

IYRS is the top spot for career training for veterans in Rhode Island. Learn more!

Please contact Jill Dubnansky, Student Services Manager, at 401.848.5777 x223 to learn about using your GI Benefits for tuition.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website here.