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GLBBS Breaks Ground on Tech Center

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The Great Lakes Boat Building School has begun construction of a $3.8 million Marine Technology Center at its Cedarville, Mich., campus. Construction of the 10,000-square-foot marine skilled trades training facility will commence in the second quarter of 2023.

“Today, we celebrate what many thought was an insurmountable challenge we faced several years ago — expand facilities to enroll more students and enhance programming,” GLBBS president Nikki Storey said in a statement. “Not only did we secure a $2.7 million EDA grant, and a Mass Timber Grant with Michigan State University, but we also had to raise our $1.1 million match through a privately funded capital campaign. Thank you to those who have participated. We are almost to the finish line.”

The structure will facilitate instruction with hands-on skills training in marine service and marine electronics technologies. The new Marine Electronic Technology program will be the first of its kind in the nation. The project also includes new docking and waterfront improvements along with interior student life improvements including a student commons area.

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