Press Release: GLBBS Students Achieve National Certification



CEDARVILLE, MICHIGAN – FEBRUARY 2nd, 2018 – Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS) is proud to announce that the first students in the school’s Comprehensive Career Boat Building program have achieved certification through American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the Marine League Schools.

All Comprehensive Career Boat Building students at GLBBS are required to take a course in Marine Electrical Systems as part of their core education and may elect to take the Marine Electrical certification exam through ABYC.

“I’m very proud of how all of our students studied for this exam,” said Rob Freel, GLBBS’s Marine Electrical Instructor. “They all worked very hard. This is a big deal for students as they enter the workforce at marinas and boatyards; its huge for students that want to pursue a career in electrical.”

There are two levels of certification that ABYC grants to individuals who pass the Marine Electrical Exam: Advisory Certification and Technician Certification. Technicians are required to pass the certification exam and must have a minimum of two years of work experience. Advisory Certificate holders have passed the exam, proving they have sufficient knowledge of ABYC Marine Electrical Standards.

Individuals who graduate from a Marine League School, like GLBBS, with an Advisory Certification are granted one year of continuing education units (CEUs) towards their Technician Certification. Once these graduates have completed one year of work within the industry they are eligible to become full ABYC Technicians.

“We became one of ABYC’s Marine League Schools for a number of very good reasons, chief among them is that our students can leave here as graduates with an ABYC Certification,” said Andy James, GLBBS’s Director of Education. “It shows their new employer that these are individuals invested in their future. That they will be knowledgeable and dedicated additions to their staff. We are very proud of this accomplishment.”

GLBBS Comprehensive Career Boat Building students will have the option to secure three more Advisory Certifications this academic year in Gas Engines, Diesel Engines, and Marine Systems.

About Great Lakes Boat Building School

GLBBS was founded in Cedarville, MI in 2007 and is the only licensed proprietary school of its kind in Michigan and the only boat building school in the country located on fresh water.  The school is housed in a 12,000 sq ft purpose-built facility on the shores of Lake Huron and offers full-time, career-oriented boat building programs as well as summer workshops for avocational learners.

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Great Lakes Boat Building School’s Mission

The Great Lakes Boat Building School teaches and inspires students in the art and craft of wooden boat building from design to launch, preparing them for productive and rewarding careers in the fine woodworking and marine trades. We strive to contribute to the growth of each student as a craftsman and to share our appreciation for the maritime heritage of the Great Lakes and North America.

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Media Contact: Ryan Hinnen

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