The Boat School under new ownership

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Eastport, Maine-based The Boat School is on schedule to complete its separation from Husson College in May 2012. The Boat School's facility, Maine's Marine Technology Center, is now wholly owned and operated by the independent nonprofit corporation Friends of the Boat School.

Classes are remaining uninterrupted during the transition, and students are now being accepted for The Boat School's 2012-2013 academic-year programs. Moving forward, The Boat School will continue to offer its wooden-boat building and composites boatbuilding vocational courses, and will add a much-anticipated marine mechanics program beginning in fall of 2013.

"We're very pleased with how smoothly the transition with Husson has gone," says Bret Blanchard, director of Maine's Marine Technology Center. "We appreciate Husson's contribution to our program for the past few years, and we're proud to move forward independently. The basic operations are unchanged, the quality of the curriculum remains high and the Eastport community is very supportive."

The Boat School, which has been providing marine vocational education since 1969, operates out of its oceanfront facility on nine acres in Eastport, Maine. The school has a 60-ton Travelift, advanced construction equipment, and a working waterfront. Ownership of the property was transferred to Friends of The Boat School in December.