Great Lakes Boat Building School

Great Lakes Boat Building School welcomes Lakeside Marina to the Marine Dealer Education Network

Lakeside Marina Partners with Great Lakes Boat Building School – Lakeside Marina is located in Oshkosh Wisconsin, a full service marina, boat dealership, boat club and marine service center directly between Lake Winnebago and Lake Butte Des Morts. Lakeside Marina has become the newest member in the Great Lakes Boat Building School’s Marine Dealer Education Network.

Cedarville, Michigan – Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS) has welcomed the third member to the Marine Dealer Education Network (MDEN). Through MDEN, leading marine dealers provide financial support to the school, as well as sponsorship and career development opportunities to GLBBS students. In return, GLBBS helps the employers create a pipeline to attract talented workers. An MDEN membership builds a mutually beneficial relationship between the school and the company, strengthening both and bringing great benefits to the students.

GLBSS is excited to announce the addition of their newest MDEN Member – Lakeside Marina of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Lakeside Marina is renowned as one of Wisconsin’s premier boat dealerships and service centers have consistently earned the title of “Best Boat Dealership” in Winnebago County for the past five years. Their unwavering commitment to exceptional customer service and innovative offerings like a boat-sharing program has set them apart as industry leaders.

Opening the Gateway to Remarkable Career Opportunities

By joining the MDEN, Lakeside Marina is eager to offer opportunities to the extraordinary talent graduating from GLBBS. Joey Honsa, President of Lakeside Marina, stated, “We are excited about the opportunity to connect with GLBBS students and showcase our company’s unique career prospects. Attracting well-trained and passionate team members is a universal challenge in the marine industry. Times have changed and dealerships need to adapt and evolve to attract the best of the best. We take great pride in partnering with and supporting GLBBS through this MDEN Membership.”

Mutually Beneficial Collaboration

With the Marine Dealer Education Network membership, Lakeside Marina will have access to a variety of benefits from GLBBS. These incentives include visiting the GLBBS campus and presenting to students, having virtual opportunities to share specialized projects with the school, partnering with GLBBS to host a Marine Dealer Showcase event, and a nomination for a seat on the Program Advisory Board, which steers the educational offerings of the school, plus more.

“Creating partnerships is important in this industry because these partnerships provide new avenues for our students who are training to join the marine workforce.” says Nikki Storey, President of GLBBS. “Lakeside Marina and our other MDEN members are taking a hands-on approach to combating the workforce shortage our industry is facing, and opening up educational opportunities for students through their sponsorships. We are grateful for their support and expertise, and proud to provide new and rewarding career opportunities for our students.”

Lakeside Marina joins fellow MDEN members Jefferson Beach Yacht Club with several locations including Detroit, and Irish Boat Shop from Harbor Springs. GLBBS aspires to welcome more members into the Marine Dealer Education Network in the in the future. For more information about the program or about Great Lakes Boat Building School visit For information about Lakeside Marina visit

About Lakeside Marina

Lakeside Marina is a full-service marina, boat dealership, boat club, and marine service center located on the shores of the beautiful Fox River in Oshkosh, Wisconsin – directly between Lake Winnebago and Lake Butte Des Morts. Lakeside’s goal is to empower and promote boating in all forms and fashions throughout the Fox Valley and Wisconsin waterways. Over the past 60+ years of business, they have formed enduring relationships with those in the boating community, many of whom have become lifelong coworkers, customers, and friends.

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GLBBS Marine Service Technician Class of 2023/24 – GLBBS has recently welcomed their largest class ever, with 16 students enrolled in the Marine Service Technician program and 12 in the Career Comprehensive Boat Building program. These 28 students will spend the year earning certifications and will graduate with sought after skills and knowledge for careers in the marine industry.

About Great Lakes Boat Building School

GLBBS produces qualified students from their Comprehensive Career Boat Building Program (CCBB) and the Marine Service Technology Program (MST), in partnerships with Mercury Marine University, Ilmor Engineering and Volvo Penta with a consistent 100% placement rate.  The School addresses the shortage of skilled trades and craftspeople in the marine industry following graduation. For prospective student enrollment information go to or call 906.484.1081.

Information about the “Enhancing Education with Equipment Campaign” is available by contacting Tom Coates, Director of Development at or by calling 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.