The Great Lakes Boat Building School yesterday announced it received $2.7 million in federal funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act Recovery Assistance Grant program.
Cedarville, Mich.-based GLBBS will use the funds to build a 10,000-square-foot school expansion, install docking infrastructure, and purchase additional marine training equipment. The grant will be matched with $686,595 from fundraising efforts and should double the school’s annual graduating class to 50 students.
“By expanding our instructional infrastructure and thereby more than doubling our annual graduation capacity, this is a significant step in addressing the distressing workforce shortage in the Great Lakes Marine Industry and beyond,” GLBBS president Nikki Storey said in a statement.
GLBBS produces qualified students from its Comprehensive Career Boat Building and Marine Service Technology programs. A partnership with Mercury Marine University ensures a 100 percent placement rate for students. GLBBS is a non-profit organization and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.