Great Lakes Boat Building School

Annual Giving Society

Introducing the GLBBS Student Enrichment Fund

At Great Lakes Boat Building School the students are at the absolute core of everything we do. Whether it is faculty, facilities, field trips or student life experiences the GLBBS Board of Directors and leadership strives to provide the very best learning environment for our students while continuing to keep tuition as affordable as possible for them.

The GLBBS Vision is to be the leader in marine workforce development in the Great Lakes region and beyond. Implementing this vision requires enhanced learning resources and initiatives that cannot be adequately funded by traditional operational budgets.


Join the GLBBS Annual Giving Society

The Annual Giving Society provides vital support for GLBBS students in attaining their goal of graduating and landing a rewarding career in the marine industry. Your membership will help address the challenging and pressing needs in providing innovative approaches in hands-on learning. Being a non-profit school, without federal or state funding, makes private support like yours even more important.

Since we are the marine trades school of the Great Lakes, please consider joining the Annual Giving Society at one of these “Lake” levels and you can see a few examples of how your gift may positively impact the GLBBS student experience.



Leadership Giving Levels

Superior ($10,000 +)
Help fund the latest in boat building, marine engine or marine electronics equipment providing GLBBS faculty with the educational tools necessary to teach the most current hands-on industry expertise.

Huron ($5,000 to $9,999)
Pays for lumber, hardware and other supplies needed to construct the traditional Indian River Skiffs built in the Comprehensive Career Boat Building workshop.

Michigan ($2,500 to $4,999)
Could fund a student field trip to a marine manufacturer or marina operator for students to learn about rewarding career opportunities in the marine industry.

Erie ($1,000 to $2,499)
Gift would assist with the purchase of replacement parts and diagnostic equipment for the Marine Service Technology shop.

Ontario ($500 to $999)
Support professional development for talented GLBBS faculty members to enable them to remain current with the trends in the marine industry.

Les Cheneaux (Up to $499)
Provide funding for student life activities such as ski memberships, attending hockey games and other events to complement their work in the classroom, library and shop.


Membership Terms
  • Membership is renewed annually based on the calendar year
  • Corporate Matching Gifts can count towards membership level if received in the same year



Supporting GLBBS students and assisting them in landing rewarding careers is the biggest benefit of joining the Annual Giving Society. However, your support is truly appreciated. Unless notified of a request for donor confidentiality, your donation will be recognized in the following manner

  • GLBBS Stem to Stern Spring Edition – Giving Society Donor Roll
  • Annual Giving Society Donor Display prominently displayed inside GLBBS facility
  • Special invitations to GLBBS events
  • Early notification of the GLBBS developments