ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 12, 2023) – The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) Foundation has designated Marine Systems at IYRS School of Technology and Trades a Marine Trades Accreditation Program (MTAP). Launched in 2022, the MTAP ensures training is aligned with industry needs, at both secondary and post-secondary schools.

To achieve MTAP designation, ABYC staff reviews the program application prior to approval by an Accreditation Commission populated by marine industry professionals with stakes in both education and workforce development. Once the application is approved, the ABYC Foundation sends an onsite team to the school to verify application information and to hold interviews with administration, faculty, and students.

“The onsite review team was impressed with the level of organization displayed by administration, but also with the attention the faculty members gave to their students,” said Sarah Devlin, ABYC accreditation director. “These students start with basic wiring and work their way up to complex systems by the end of the six-month program. We witnessed excellent training at the facility and feel confident the students who graduate from the IYRS program will be assets to the marine industry.”

“It is very exciting for the IYRS School of Technology and Trades Marine Systems Program to be approved by the American Boat & Yacht Council for their Marine Trades Accreditation Program,” said Jay Coogan, IYRS president. “IYRS is thrilled to strengthen our relationship with ABYC in supporting the work we collaboratively do to increase boating safety.” 

The MTAP Accreditation Commission includes:

Anne Avary – Skagit Valley College

Rob Berenwick – Ocean County Vocational Technical School

Holly Ashton Duffy – Safe Harbor Marinas

Steven Kitchin – New England Institute of Technology

Patty Lawrence – International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference

Aaron Porter – Professional BoatBuilder magazine

Nikki Storey – Great Lakes Boat Building School

Kenyon Ward – Yamaha Marine

Accreditation is available to all high school and post-secondary school marine service technology programs that deliver consistent and reliable instruction on industry-acknowledged topics and techniques. Practices, resources, and instructors must all meet ABYC Foundation Accreditation Commission standards. Visit www.teachboats.org to learn more.

ABYC Foundation

The ABYC Foundation supports the mission of the American Boat & Yacht Council, with a focus on workforce development and providing resources that create educational and lifelong career opportunities to both current and aspiring marine service technicians. To get involved, visit www.abycfoundation.org.

IYRS School of Technology & Trades

IYRS School of Technology & Trades was founded in Newport, RI in 1993. It is the only school of its kind in Rhode Island and attracts students from throughout Rhode Island, the United States, and the world. IYRS provides experiential education which prepares students to successfully enter the historic preservation and advanced manufacturing workforce through four immersive, nationally accredited programs: Boatbuilding & Restoration, Marine Systems, Digital Modeling & Fabrication, and Composites Technology.

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