standing Westerly Education Center

WESTERLY — The Westerly Education Center, 23 Friendship St., is offering a free wooden boat-building course to high school freshmen.

Students who complete the course will be paid a stipend and gain new woodworking skills. No previous experience is needed, and all equipment will be provided.

The program is offered by Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and designed by Community College of Rhode Island. Developed specifically for 14- to 16-year-old high school students in Rhode Island, the course incorporates teamwork, leadership development, basic skills development, career exploration and job readiness.

Classes begin Tuesday, March 16, and meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2:45-5:45 p.m. through May 12. During the week of April 19, classes will be added on Mondays and Fridays and will meet that week from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The application deadline is Friday, March 12. The application form can be found at form/ or at

For more information, contact Alyssa Menard at or 401-584-0400. 

— Sun staff

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