Home: A Graduation Story


Welcome to Graduation & Launch Day 2018!
Follow the story of Frankie Sisneroz, Jaime Carvalho, and Ben Clifford as they share their thoughts and emotions right before graduation.


Frankie Sisneroz
Marine Systems

Ben Clifford
Digital Modeling & Fabrication

Jaime Carvalho
Boatbuilding & Restoration


Frankie Sisneroz
Frankie Sisneroz was a shining example of a “career-changer” student who was seeking to parlay his deep love and passion for sailing into a new career. Moving to Rhode Island from Southern California after years of work experience as an electrician, and some time in the healthcare industry, Frankie enrolled at IYRS in the marine systems program and was a spark of enthusiasm as he began training for his new career in the marine trades.

Choosing from a number of externship/job offers he and received, Frankie was brought on as a Marine Electrician at The Hinckley Company, a manufacturer of luxury sailing yachts and jet-powered picnic boats. Additionally, Frankie was awarded the 2017 Ted Hood Designer Series Scholarship, an award offered to yacht designers, enthusiasts and/or individuals pursuing an education in the marine trades.

Ben Clifford
Ben Clifford ’18 entered the inaugural Digital Modeling & Fabrication cohort with a strong background in graphic design, having previously earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in communication design. Along with his interest in design, Ben had a personal interest in cosplay and comics. A “maker” in his personal time, Ben prototyped and fabricated Dr. Doom body armor for his capstone project in Digital Modeling in Fabrication, and parlayed his accomplishments into an externship and subsequent contract with Hasbro headquarters in Pawtucket, RI, a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences.

Jaime Carvalho
“I have wanted to work on boats since I was a child,” wrote Jaime Carvalho in her application to IYRS. “In Portugal, I was fascinated by the wooden boats in our seaside village and living along the Pacific coast of Central America afforded me the opportunity to sail and help with minor boat repairs.” Jaime entered IYRS with a storied background, having spent nine years in the United States Army, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity building houses in Arizona, earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in anthropology, and earned an EMT-B Certification. Jaime worked with the second year team who built the innovative battery-powered Electric Launch.

Founded in 1995 in Newport, Rhode Island, IYRS School of Technology & Trades is a private, not-for-profit, experiential learning school 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 hands-on education model, IYRS equips its students with skills that are transferrable across industries and applications, making IYRS graduates in demand and highly desirable for a 21st century workforce.

The school attracts students of all ages 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, military veterans, and others from the international community – all with diverse backgrounds and experiences in their personal and professional lives.

Building with our hands or through the use of technology is the essence of creativity, productivity, and the human spirit. At IYRS, students learn to make, restore and maintain objects with a sense of purpose. In the process, they build meaningful careers and lives, inspired in the knowledge that they have the power to build almost anything.