Yes getting exposure to many different types and sizes of boats was a huge benefit. They have sailboats from 26ft-49ft, a large 40ft cat and a handful of motor
yachts that you can also get trained on. In addition they offer a diesel maintenance
class through one of the local mechanics. The bare boat and coastal passage
also emphasize boat trouble shooting and basic maintenance which will give you exposure to the numerous different boat systems.
When comparing schools I'd check to make sure they offer classes
all the way up through coastal passage making. It's about 1-2 years worth of instruction depending upon the pace that you can take the classes, but it will definitely take you from cruiser-newbie to cruiser-pro in no time.
FYI, my wife and I just bought a boat and moved aboard in September. I'm wrapping up the coastal passage making courses and plan to take the ocean passage making in the spring before we set sail to do some long term cruising
late fall of next year. Glad to hear I'm not the only one with crazy plans!