Happy 30th Anniversary Shark Week! From your friends at IYRS School of Technology and Trades. IYRS is sponsoring this year’s premier Rhode Island Shark Week pre-screening event extravaganza along with Cox Media. You can win free tickets below…
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IYRS is a big fan of Discovery Channel’s immensely popular annual week long summer series of shark-related programs. The shows draw a large number of viewers with a passion for all things shark. The series began in 1988 with the mission bringing education and conservation to the public while correcting misconceptions.
In 2010, Shark Week became the longest-running cable television programming event ever. The series is broadcast in over 72 countries.
A testament to its growing popularity, last year’s episode “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White,” which featured olympian Michael Phelps racing a computer-generated great white shark, earned the distinction of being the most highly rated of any shark week program in the franchise’s history.
So what fuels the IYRS / Shark Week connection? While they have certainly grown leaps and bounds both in curriculum and student body, IYRS began primarily as a boat building and restoration entity. For years, their lifeblood was boating and the sea. Plus their campus is right on the ocean in Newport, Rhode Island, one of the sailing capitals of the world. So, IYRS shares a strong connection with the ocean and its inhabitants. The chance for the school to be connected to an education and conservation effort like Shark Week seems only natural.
So, what has led to IYRS’ growth and development? To answer that one must look at the state of our economy and the readiness of our workforce to meet those needs. Important discussions in both the private and public sectors are focused on the future of our economy and how we educate our workforce. Two themes converge in these discussions: the need for innovation – and innovators – and the role of experiential learning to bridge the skill gap.
Millions of jobs go unfilled due to this skill gap. Alarm bells are ringing: America needs sophisticated builders and makers, technicians and artisans, engineers and industrial designers. Success will depend on seamless connections within this skilled workforce. If we strive to compete, we must think differently about education and invest in preparation through experience. IYRS School of Technology & Trades is responding to this challenge.
Founded in 1995 in Newport, Rhode Island, IYRS is an experiential learning institution dedicated to teaching highly technical and deeply craft-oriented career skills in a variety of fields, from digital manufacturing to traditional boatbuilding and restoration. Through its education model, IYRS equips its students with skills that are transferable across industries, making IYRS graduates in demand and highly desirable for a 21st century workforce.
IYRS attracts students from across the United States and around the world. IYRS students consist of men and women with varied backgrounds which not only include career changers, but also high school and college graduates, veterans, entrepreneurs, and others from the international community.
IYRS teaches the art and science of making, building, restoring and maintaining, and in the process, helps its graduates build both careers and more meaningful lives – inspired by the knowledge that in their hands and through the use of technology, they have the power to build almost anything.
YOU CAN WIN GUARANTEED ADMITTANCE TO THE JULY 21 IYRS /COX SHARK WEEK SCREENING EVENT PLUS FOUR TICKETS FOR A CRUISE ON THE RUM RUNNER II EARLIER THAT AFTERNOON RIGHT HERE OR BY CLICKING THE “ENTER TO WIN BANNER” ABOVE.
EVENT IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AS WELL ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.
Read more about Shark Week 2018 here.