woman measuring a wood work project

At IYRS, we are makers.

man smoothing a wooden table

We create.

woman analyzing a a graph on a TV

We design.

An engineer working on an electric board

We engineer.

IYRS Campus buildings at sunset

We Build Beyond Ordinary.

IYRS Campus view from the air

School of Technology & Trades

Accredited, hands-on education
in the heart of Newport, RI


IYRS School of Technology & Trades has its roots in craftsmanship.
Our students are aspiring makers, builders, designers, and technicians who work with their hands and their minds
to create successful careers and richer lives.

At IYRS, we Build Beyond Ordinary.

100% of Students Qualified for Scholarships

In '17, '18 & '19, 100% of students who applied for a scholarship or grant received one 

85% of Graduates Employed

A strong reputation &  industry partnerships equal high placement rates ('17 & '18)

95% Average Graduation Rate

Outstanding faculty, programs & location contribute to
high graduation rates ('17 & '18)

3-acre Campus on Newport Harbor

Located in the heart of Newport, RI with world-class museums, restaurants, boating, and more a stone's throw away 

Happening Now

    IYRS Blog

    Knolling along...
    Tony Peters, Boatbuilding & Restoration Student Ambassador

    Organizing my tools  was for a time quite an obsession. It started when our 1st year instructors, Joel and Hans, introduced the Anarchist Tool Chest, both the book and the pine tool chest we were required to construct as part of our joinery project. I, of course, jumped in the deep-end and built a huge toolbox that I was sure would store all the tools I could ever dream of needing. Because let’s face it you can’t have too many tools (can you?)

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    IYRS and the value of experience
    Don Chapin, Composites Technology Student Ambassador

    Two and a half months in, three weeks until the Christmas break, and we have been working in both the classroom and the shop to learn how to effectively use composite materials.  The work has centered on a process of learning in the classroom followed by instructor demonstrations before we are set loose to try on our own.

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    We all have our Strengths
    Abby Shenker, Digital Modeling & Fabrication Student Ambassador

    Hello again! I’m Abby Shenker, student in Digital Modeling and Fabrication. In my first blog post here, I wrote about how varied the students at IYRS are. This month, I want to talk a bit about what many of us have in common. 

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    The First Months of Marine Systems
    Jason Eldridge, Marine Systems Student Ambassador

    Over the last month of Marine Systems, we’ve been super busy both in the classroom and out on the shop floor. We’ve been learning how to read plans, layout the different systems, create wiring diagrams to plan our wiring, price out simulated plumbing jobs, and install both electrical and plumbing on our simulator

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    « Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day… » : Thinking of Beetle Cats or just some cool cats called the Beatles
    James Estes, Boatbuilding & Restoration Student Ambassador

    As far back as I recall, I’ve always been fascinated by sailboats, observing their magnificent silhouettes crossing Narragansett Bay or escaping toward the Atlantic horizon. Coming to IYRS has not only returned me to my home state, but it has also brought me that much closer to one day building my own boat with which to explore the intricate coast of Rhode Island and beyond.

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    A New Student’s Journey: The Long and Winding Road
    A.J. Puzzo, Boatbuilding & Restoration Student Ambassador

    I first learned about IYRS as a high school aged kid who visited Rhode Island in the summers with his family. Back then, I thought to myself, wouldn’t that be a cool life: working on boats, living out my days near the water, using nautical terms. I could see myself forty years down the road, smoking a pipe with a salty, grey beard, saying things like, “hold fast” and, “jib sheet.” But I was young, scared, and I didn’t know anyone who did things like that. It didn’t seem possible.

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