Great Lakes Boat Building School

Capital Campaign



Come Aboard…
With Great Lakes Boat Building School’s (GLBBS) 100% placement rate of its graduates over the past six years, GLBBS is addressing the most critical need in the marine industry: a dire qualified workforce shortage. Currently, GLBBS has an annual graduation capacity of 24 students, the industry is demanding more.

This industry demand is the impetus behind the “Come Aboard, Launch Careers” campaign to fund a 10,000 square foot marine skilled trades training facility with contemporary equipment and technology to train more qualified marine professionals. A successful campaign will fund instructional infrastructure enabling GLBBS to double the annual graduation class to 50 or more students!

Not only will a successful campaign address current and emerging needs in the marine industry but the rippling economic effect will originate from the Eastern U.P., reverberating throughout Michigan, the Great Lakes Region and beyond.


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“Walstrom Marine takes pride in being a top quality source in solving maintenance and repair needs for our customers with our certified technicians. We added two Great Lakes Boat Building graduates to our talented team in the fall of 2021 who made an immediate, positive impact in our operations. Those students came to us with a very strong work ethic, well-prepared, enthusiastic and with the willingness to be coached by our seasoned service professionals and managers. We are seeking more GLBBS graduates. There is a dire workforce demand for well-prepared professionals just like them in the marine industry. The plans at GLBBS to expand their facility, essentially doubling their ability to prepare students for the marine industry is great news for us and other marine employers.”




A top-notch boardwalk and docking facility will provide students with direct access to the water, and serve as an area for outdoor learning and testing as well as a gathering place for students, community members, supporters and special guests.

Donate and name a plank for yourself, honoring family or friends while leaving an enduring legacy at Great Lakes Boat Building School. Every gift will make a difference and will be matched! Click the button below to donate now.




The expansion of the GLBBS infrastructure is in direct response to the needs of the marine industry. In addition to the 10,000 sf structure to facilitate instruction and hands on skills training in marine service and marine electronics technologies, the project includes new docking and waterfront improvements and interior student life improvements such as a students commons.

Click here to view additional information on the exciting naming opportunities available.

You or your organization can Come Aboard, Launch Careers and advance the GLBBS mission by making this expansion project a reality! As a nonprofit organization, Great Lakes Boat Building School depends on the support of proponents of the pillars of education and sustaining a thriving boating industry in the Eastern U.P, Michigan, and the Great Lakes region to make projects like this possible.

For this project to succeed, we need every single gift to make a difference, including yours.


Additional Capital Campaign Resources:

Capital Campaign Brochure (PDF)
Facility Expansion Overview (PDF)
Facility Naming Opportunities (PDF)