2016-07-21 / Mainsheet

Great Strides Ahead for IYRS


(Photo by Jack Renner) (Photo by Jack Renner) Earlier this month, 670 supporters gathered for the 19th annual IYRS Summer Gala.

“It was a game-changing weekend for IYRS,” says Terry Nathan, executive director. “We broke ground on a new facility, the board of trustees endorsed plans to double enrollment, and our annual party was an opportunity to reaffirm our direction to our new and closest friends.”

On July 8, Sen. Jack Reed and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse were special guests at the ceremonial groundbreaking of “The Future of IYRS” and trade education at the IYRS campus at Spring Wharf.

IYRS is consolidating its two programs from Bristol onto the Newport campus and plans to add a new program in innovative manufacturing when the $6 million building is complete – a 20,000-square-foot structure on an adjacent half-acre property to the Newport facility.

Also announced was the receipt of two impactful grants, one in the amount of $670,000 from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation in support of the school’s Campaign for the Future of IYRS, and one in the amount of $10,000 from the Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum in support of the IYRS scholarship fund for School of Composites Technology students.




Lisa Whitaker and Thom Conboy (Photo by Nate Feder) Lisa Whitaker and Thom Conboy (Photo by Nate Feder)

Brad and Ken Read (Photo by Jack Renner) Brad and Ken Read (Photo by Jack Renner)

Roger and Sandra King (Photo by Barbara Renner) Roger and Sandra King (Photo by Barbara Renner)

Debbie Thurston and Robert Norton 
(Photo by Nate Feder) Debbie Thurston and Robert Norton (Photo by Nate Feder)

Leeds Mitchell IV and Brenda Migliaccio (Photo by Nate Feder) Leeds Mitchell IV and Brenda Migliaccio (Photo by Nate Feder)

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