Westerly Education Center hosted a graduation ceremony on June 5 to celebrate the 26 students who successfully completed courses in maritime pipefitting and maritime sheet metal. The workforce training and higher education center, together with Community College of Rhode Island and Electric Boat, offers the 240-hour (pipefitting) and 200-hour (sheet metal) instruction courses for high school students interested in careers at Electric Boat. Some students will continue on with employment or internships at Electric Boat, and some will study at CCRI in the fall. Seventeen of the students live in Stonington, North Stonington and Westerly. All students completed the maritime skills courses while simultaneously enrolled in their high school programs.
Courtland Leaycraft, a pipefitting student, was awarded a $500 scholarship by the Westerly High School Alumni Scholarship Fund to be used for the purchase of tools. John Clemens and Meredith Eckel presented the scholarship on behalf of the fund.
From left, Meredith Eckel and John Clemens from Westerly High School Alumni Scholarship Fund presented a $500 scholarship to Courtland Leaycraft of Westerly for the purchase of pipefitting tools.
From left, Westerly High School pipefitting students and instructors. Instructor Jude Pescatello, Cole Chiaradio, Steven Bucklin, Antonio Laboy, Cody Leaycraft, Jonah Sherman, and Instructor John Koussa. Missing from photo is Anthony Durante.
Stonington and North Stonington High School pipefitting students and instructors, from left, Instructor Jude Pescatello, Mike Barney, Justin Reid, Jonathon Chanthamert, Wyatt Werling, Riley Burnside, Ian Cote, Mike Young, Kolin Fritscher, James Tuttle, Jeremy Ritchie and Instructor John Koussa. Not pictured: Malcolm Lewis.