The topics below answer the most Frequently Asked Questions. Please contact us through our online inquiry form with additional questions.
The current School Catalog is your best source for up-to-date information about our school. It includes topics such as:
Admissions procedures and enrollment
See the web page about admissions process to access topics such as eligibility requirements, application for enrollment, and foreign student enrollment.
The web page for accommodations and housing provides resources and options on places to stay near the school. After enrolling, each student will be provided with a housing list with possible rental options.
Associates of Occupational Studies (AOS) Degree
For information about the AOS degree program description please refer to the School Catalog HERE.
Learning Resource System
The School library houses more than 1,200 books and periodicals on a wide variety of maritime subjects. Students also receive library cards for the regional library system which includes two special maritime collections. Students can access the web and personal email accounts through the Schools free Wi-Fi and computer workstations at regional libraries. Learn more on the web page School Library.
Cancellation, termination and refund policies
For information about cancellation and refund policies please refer the School Catalog HERE.
Clock hours and credits (defined)
For information and description of clock hours and quarter credits please refer to the School Catalog HERE.
Students can receive mail at the School address, use the office phone for local calls, and send faxes from the office at no charge. Computers and printers are available in the School library and Wi-Fi is available throughout the campus.
It is the policy of NWSWB to comply with all federal and state laws concerning facility access and the education of qualified individuals with disabilities. NWSWB will provide reasonable accommodations to students if the school is notified that a student with a disability requires an accommodation in order to pursue or continue training at NWSWB. An accommodation is not intended to lower or to substantially modify a course of study or its standards or expectations. NWSWB will work with the student to reasonably accommodate him or her so that he or she can learn in the classroom and lab settings, unless the accommodation causes undue hardship, fundamentally alters the program or course of study, or causes undue financial burdens.
Financial aid may be available for those who qualify. The School is approved to participate in Federal Financial Aid programs, including the Federal Pell Grant program, the William D. Ford/Stafford Loan program, and the Plus Loan program. Students who wish to apply for Federal Student Aid will need to complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. For more information about applying for financial aid, please visit our web page HERE. Our Federal school code is 041550.
General education and applied general education credits
Students wishing to acquire the AOS degree may transfer their general education or applied general education credits from other approved post-secondary institutions. Applied general education is defined as courses directly applicable to a specific occupational cluster in related natural and physical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; technology; and humanities and fine arts. General education is defined as courses that are designed to develop essential basic academic skills. Students without the required general education credits may take the American Maritime Heritage course offered free at the Boat School.
The Boat School is in contact with potential employers around the world. The School sends out email notices to graduates with current employment opportunities. The Career Services Coordinator can provide resources for resume writing, application competition, references, digital portfolio development, and interview skills Graduates automatically become members of our alumni association.
Click HERE to review details of the student Graduation and Employment (G&E) percentages for the 2017 Annual Report submitted to our accreditor ACCSC and details of the student Graduation and Employment (G&E) percentages for the prior 10 years.
The School cannot guarantee graduate employment.
The Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
42 N. Water Street
Port Hadlock, WA 98339
General info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prerequisites for courses
There are no prerequisites in applying for our programs. All students must have earned a high school diploma or a recognized equivalency certificate (GED) prior to the first day of class.
Recreation and entertainment
The Boat School encourages students to explore Port Townsend Bay in the evenings and on weekends. Many hundreds of miles of protected cruising waters spread out from Port Townsend Bay. Sailing experience is also available in Port Townsend aboard vessels ranging in size from 20’ sloops to 100’ schooners. The Student Services Manager can connect students to local recreation opportunities.
Risk and insurance
Many of our courses involve some level of risk. The School does not require insurance, however, students assume full responsibility for their safety and must provide their own health and accident insurance in case of incident. Before a course begins you will be required to sign health/risk and hold harmless waivers as part of the registration process.
Each year the NWSWB publishes an Annual Security Report which contains policy statements and crime statistics and can be viewed HERE.
Standards of conduct
You can view the School’s guide to standards of conduct which includes information on policies regarding smoking, alcohol and drugs, safety rules, pets and personal projects in our School Catalog HERE.
Student body – your fellow students
Common threads expressed by students at the Boat School include an affinity for wood, boats and fine craftsmanship. You will find that your fellow students are of all ages and come from all walks of life. They include recent high school graduates, middle-aged workers and professionals making a career change, and retirees learning new skills. Most of the students at the school are 25-35 years old. Our students have vocational goals that vary across a broad spectrum of woodworking-related careers in addition to boat building.
Tools and course materials
Once the tool list and prices have been updated the website will be updated.
Training standards and satisfactory progress
The guide to training standards and satisfactory progress policies provides information on attendance requirements, the school grading system, and graduation standards and can be found in the School Catalog HERE.
Transcripts and student records
Student records are kept for a minimum of fifty years from the date of each student’s enrollment. A request for a copy of your academic transcripts may be made in writing to:
Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
Attn: Student Services
42 N. Water Street
Port Hadlock, WA 98339
(360) 385-4948 ext. 305
General info: email@example.com
Tuition and program costs
The current tuition for our vocational degree programs includes current tuition costs, clock hours and credits by program which can be found in the School’s Catalog HERE.
Rita Frangione, Veteran Resources & VET Connect
Rita is the Veterans Outreach Coordinator for Vet Connect, a local veteran service group associated with Olympic Community Action Programs. Rita has over 30 years experience as a vocational rehabilitation counselor working in medical, industrial, private and non-profit settings. She is retired from the US Department of Veterans Affairs where she counseled disabled veterans in their planning for education, training and employment. Rita has a Master of Science degree in Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Rita can be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
See more information for veterans at our web page Veterans.
The Boat School offers a variety of non-credit, non-clock hour workshops throughout the year for an additional charge. Students are able to participate in these workshops after regular school hours, thus expanding the educational opportunities available to them. Topics may include sail-making, rigging, marlinspike, carving, and boat design.
View workshops offered and register at our Workshops web page.
Work and study at the school
The school day usually begins with two hours of lecture. Students spend the remainder of the day in the boat shops working on bench projects, drafting, lofting, and building boats. Instructors take into account the skills, interests, and goals of each student to shape their boatbuilding experience. Students typically work in groups of 12 students per instructor. Instructors conduct demonstrations, educational meetings, and field trips throughout the year.
During the day, students have a short morning and afternoon break in addition to their hour lunch break. Students participate in all aspects of the work of a commercial boat shop. This may include sorting, selecting, and milling lumber; blocking up and moving boats; sanding, painting, and varnishing; and adjusting and servicing tools. At the end of the school day, everyone cleans up the assigned areas around the campus.
Students complete one hour of research each week on a maritime subject of their choosing, utilizing the School and community maritime libraries.