Boat school welcomes Class of 2016

Posted 10/6/15

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding launches its new school year with upgraded facilities, 63 incoming students, a new Web domain name and dynamic new staff members.

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Boat school welcomes Class of 2016

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The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding launches its new school year with upgraded facilities, 63 incoming students, a new Web domain name and dynamic new staff members.

A ribbon cutting is held at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9 to celebrate completion of the new Hammond Shop milling room, a reskinned and remodeled Rubb shelter, and an expanded metal shop.

“The new facilities are a tremendous addition to the teaching environment,” said Sean Koomen, the school’s chief instructor, in a press release. “The new 1,000-square-foot milling room isolates the tools used to mill wood and removes dust and noise from the teaching environment. The Rubb shelter provides essential classroom space with the growing number of students, and the metal shop upgrade will expand our capacity for millwork on our projects.”

In May, the school received word that was successfully re-accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), which certifies the school every five years, according to a press release. Schools that achieve this professional milestone can distinguish themselves online with the “.edu” domain name. In August, the school updated its website to

nwswb.edu.

The 63 students who make up the Class of 2016 reported to the Port Hadlock Heritage Campus on Thursday, Oct. 1 and introduced themselves to one another. Coming from a wide range of backgrounds, they shared their reasons for attending the school.  Common threads among the students include a desire for hands-on learning, an eagerness to learn how to build things that aren’t "square," and a passion for learning a craft.

NWSWB is inaugurating the school year with several new staff members. The administrative team includes Tulip Morrow, serving as student services coordinator; M.B. Armstrong, providing program evaluation; and Heidi Groh, stepping into the admissions coordinator role.

Alums from September’s graduating class were selected from their peers and others for fill several new positions: Richard Johanson was chosen for the Hammond Fellowship; Logan Sampson, for the Prothero internship; Charlie Duerr, as shop and facilities manager; Jon Ferguson, for Veteran Support Services; and Frank Ward and Matthew Shreeve as teaching assistants.

“We are thrilled at the energy we’re seeing as we start a new year at the boat school. This wouldn’t have been possible without the tremendous support we’ve seen from the community,” said Betsy Davis, executive director.

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is one of the premier accredited educational institutions of its kind. The ACCSC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The school's mission is to teach and preserve traditional and contemporary wooden boatbuilding skills while developing the individual as a craftsperson.

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