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GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Name of Institution: Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology

Address: c/o Maine Maritime Museum

243 Washington Street

Bath, Maine 04530 USA

Tel: 800-832-7430

Tel: 207-747-0088

Fax: 207-747-0084

Email: info@westlawn.edu

Web: www.westlawn.edu

 

President: David Smyth

Year Founded: 1930

Not-for-Profit 501(c)3: Feb. 28, 1985

International Accreditation, RINA: June 2, 2011

Accreditation(s) and Agency Contact Information:

Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)

www.rina.org.uk

 

Participation in Funding Programs: None

 

MISSION & DESCRIPTION

 

Institution Mission Statement:

To provide our students with the skills and knowledge required to build a rewarding career in the profession of yacht and small-craft naval architecture via distance learning.

 

To support continued growth of the recreational and small-craft marine community through the development of well-trained, safety oriented, boat designers developing better products for the benefit of the boating public.

To provide continuing education to marine industry professionals.

 

Areas of Special Focus:

Boat and Yacht Design/Small-Craft Naval Architecture

Continuing Education in Marine Technology

 

Description of Institution:

Founded in 1930, Westlawn's primary function is to assure a continual source of highly skilled boat and yacht designers and marine technicians to the marine industry. A significant portion of the world's boat and yacht designers are Westlawn trained.

The Internet provides a wide array of communication opportunities to our students as well as an efficient twenty-first-century method for the faculty to communicate with students.

 

Student Demographic Profile:

Adult learners studying to gain the required skills for careers in the small-craft boatbuilding industry.

U.S. Students: 54%

International Students: 46%

Some prior college or degrees in other areas: 77%

Already working in the boating industry: 42%

 

PROGRAMS/COURSES/TUITION:

 

The Westlawn Yacht & Boat Design Course

 

Westlawn's world renowned course in Yacht & Boat Design consists of 4 Modules. Each module is intended to represent a year of work for a serious student. This is a work at your own pace course, so a student may take less or more time to complete any module. Each module costs $4,400 for tuition and books, and $100 per month for access to our on-line student learning infrastructure.

 

Module 1: Introduction to Yacht Design

 

Module 2: Intermediate Yacht Design

 

Module 3: Design of Yacht Structures

 

Module 4: Design of Yacht Systems

 

Overview of Naval Architecture for Marine Professionals

 

Westlawn's world renowned course Overview of Naval Architecture for Marine Professionals consists of material extracted from our premier Yacht & Boat Design Course. This is a work at your own pace course, so a student may take from a few months to about a year to complete the course. The course costs $4,400 for tuition and books, and $100 per month for access to our on-line student learning infrastructure. This course earns 28 CEUs.

 

 

SUCCESS INDICATORS

 

Average completion rate for students: 81%

*Average of all courses 2012 census

 

*Percentage of students surveyed who responded that they

1) Achieved their learning goals:

Yes: 100%

No: 0%

2) Would recommend the institution to a friend:

Yes: 100%

No: 0%

3) Were satisfied with their studies:

Yes: 100%

No: 0%

4) Feel that the knowledge and skills learned are appropriate to the training of a yacht or boat designer:

Yes: 100%

No: 0%

5) Found the quality of instruction to be:

Excellent: 100%

Satisfactory: 0%

Unsatisfactory: 0%

6) Found academic and technical help from instructors and school staff to be readily available:

Always: 85.7%

Sometimes: 14.3%

Never: 0.0%

7) Found advice and counseling from instructors and staff to be readily available if needed:

Always: 85.7%

Sometimes: 14.3%

Never: 0.0%

8) Were encouraged by faculty and staff to continue my studies:

Always: 85.7%

Sometimes: 14.3%

Never: 0.0%

9) Found that students who are able to apply themselves consistently can finish in the allotted time:

Yes: 85.7%

No: 14.3%

10) Are now working in the boating industry:

Yes: 71.4%

No: 28.6%

11) My studies at Westlawn were a factor in gaining employment as a boat and yacht designer or related occupation:

Yes: 66.7%

No: 33.3%

*Based on 2012 surveys