The very hands-on training school was founded in 1993 and today, at campuses in Newport and Bristol, Rhode Island, offers degrees in Boatbuilding & Restoration, Marine Systems, and Composite Technologies. About 55 attend the school at any one time; upon graduation, 85 percent either have jobs already or are soon to take one. Nathan said that nationwide, the trend had been away from practical experience in higher education, but now the tide has turned at four-year colleges and universities, and interest in the trades is growing once again. Schools like IYRS are leading the way in the re-emergence of hands-on education, and that attracts donors. At this year's gala, IYRS presented a video in which students and industry employers "talked about outcomes," said Nathan.