IYRS holds summer gala

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The International Yacht Restoration School's 14th annual summer gala recently raised nearly $700,000 for IYRS education programs.

“Students of all ages and backgrounds come to IYRS from all walks of life, but they all leave on a common path: using their high level of craftsmanship and technical skills to build successful careers,” IYRS president Terry Nathan said in a statement.

“We are fortunate that our many supporters understand the important role that our school plays — both for our students in search of skills and opportunity and for the region’s marine industry that relies on the talented work force trained here at IYRS,” Nathan added.

The gala comes on the heels of a successful chapter at the school. Now with three full-time programs, the Rhode Island-based school graduated its largest class in its history this June, including the first graduates from a new composites technology program.

The school said 85 percent of the students in this year’s graduating class have secured jobs.