Great Lakes Boat Building School

Great Lakes Boat Building School and Enbridge “Fueling Futures”

July 8, 2022

Cedarville, MI – Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS) of Cedarville, Michigan received a gift of specialized electronic equipment from Enbridge through their Fueling Futures program.  This is part of Enbridge’s commitment to help build vibrant communities with the goal of empowering people to achieve their full potential.  

The Enbridge Fueling Futures program is about helping fuel quality of life within communities where the corporation employs people and operates in North America.  The Enbridge team consists of approximately 12,000 employees and the company places an emphasis on supporting and volunteering with the goals of making communities safe, vibrant and sustainable.

“One of the challenges with establishing our new Marine Electronic Technology program is acquiring state-of-the-art equipment for hands-on learning opportunities,” said Matt Edmondson, GLBBS Lead Instructor.  “When Mike Davanzo at Enbridge showed us the equipment in St. Ignace I immediately envisioned using it in our current Marine Service program too.”

GLBBS continues to empower and prepare qualified graduates from their Comprehensive Career Boat Building Program and the Marine Service Technology Program (MST) with a consistent 100% placement rate.  The School is continuing to address the shortage of skilled trades and craftspeople in the marine industry following graduation.

A Marine Electronics Technology Program (MET), the first of its kind in the nation, is being developed to be offered in the Fall of 2024.  GLBBS is currently conducting a capital campaign to fund construction of a new facility and equipment for the MET and MST programs.  This generous donation from Enbridge will provide vital, educational equipment for students to gain hands-on experience in real-world situations.  

“We really appreciate receiving this valuable equipment from Enbridge during our capital campaign,” said Nikki Storey, President – Great Lakes Boat Building School. “Purchasing these units would be a major challenge for us in preparing to offer our unique-to-the-industry Marine Electronics program.  This gift moves us closer to our campaign goal and deadline of September 30, 2022.”

Information about the “Come Aboard…Launch Careers” capital campaign is available by contacting Tom Coates, Director of Development at or 906.484.1081. For prospective student enrollment information go to or call 906.484.1081.  

Great Lakes Boat Building School is a non-profit organization recognized as a charitable organization and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

Enbridge Equipment Gift Fueling Futures – Mike Davanzo, Director of the Enbridge Maritime Operations Center in St. Ignace, Michigan (l) delivered electronic equipment to Great Lakes Boat Building School Lead Instructor Matt Edmondson earlier this week. The specialized electronic equipment will be put to use immediately by students in the Marine Service Technology program and in the future Marine Electronics program at the school in Cedarville, Michigan.