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Imtra Marine Lighting Sponsors Grants For New Enrollments in Westlawn Courses

Industry Leader Provides Tuition Assistance for New Students


 September 19, 2008, Annapolis, MD:  Imtra Marine Lighting, in conjunction with matching funds from the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), has generously sponsored a new grant program for new students enrolling in the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology’s entry-level courses.  Upon enrollment in either Module 1 of the full Yacht & Boat Design program or in Elements of Technical Boat Design (formerly Yacht Design Lite), each new student will be awarded $200.


Dave Gerr, Westlawn Director commented, “This is a great opportunity to start Westlawn study with financial support, and we recommend that students considering enrolling in Westlawn take advantage of this soon!”  The combined Imtra Marine Lighting and ABYC matching funds are limited.  The grants are available to all, but only until all the funds are expended.


Gerr continued, “Even in the current economic climate, Westlawn consistently has more positions on its job board than we have advanced students and graduates to fill.  The boating industry needs more students in the program to meet demand.”  “We would like to thank Imtra Marine Lighting for their support of future Westlawn students through this program.  Besides the obvious monetary relief, we are helping students explore their dreams, and helping to fill a need within our industry,” concluded Gerr.


Imtra Marine Lighting is a leader in the design and manufacture of lighting for boats and a pioneer in marine LED lighting. Safe, dependable, and long-lasting, Imtra’s eco-friendly “green” LED lighting includes spots, fixtures, reading lights, courtesy lights, chart lights, engine rooms lights, and other LED products. Combined with its extensive line of switches, dimmers, and transformers, Imtra offers a complete one-stop-shop for marine lighting and delivers the most advanced solutions on the market. For more information, visit www.imtra.com.



Founded in 1930, the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is the only nationally accredited and state-certified distance-learning school of small-craft design in the United States. As the not-for-profit educational affiliate of the American Boat and Yacht Council, the mission of the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is threefold:

■ 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.

■ 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.

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