New Boatbuilding Program for RI Students

Newport Boatbuilding program

A new boatbuilding program in Newport will give students aged 14-16 an opportunity to explore the marine trades as a potential career path. The Summer 2015 Newport Boatbuilding Program launches in early July at the Newport Area Career & Technical Center. The 6-week program is coordinated by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) with Newport Public Schools and the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island.

The program is open to students ages 14-16 who reside in Newport, Jamestown, Middletown, Portsmouth and Tiverton. Students will gain hands-on experience in boatbuilding while learning more about the local marine industry through tours and visits with leaders in the field.

“The new Summer Boatbuilding Program is the perfect launching pad for a young person from the Newport area who wants to learn more about working around boats,” said RIMTA Program Director Jen Cornwell. “If students enjoy what they learn, there is an entire ladder of training programs in Rhode Island they can pursue after this summer.”

Cornwell stresses that boating experience is not a prerequisite for gaining entry into the program. Students only need to have an interest in boats and a desire to work with their hands. The students’ main project will be building a wooden skiff, which they will launch at graduation.

Thanks to funding from the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island, the program is free and students will receive a small weekly stipend. The program runs July 6 to August 14, Mondays through Thursdays, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Interested applicants can apply online by visiting and following the Youth Summer Work category under the Programs tab.