Great Lakes Boat Building School

Basic Information

Address: 485 S. Meridian St. Cedarville, MI 49719
Phone Number: (906)484.1081
Fax Number: (906)484.7845
President: Ken Drenth

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Additional Information

Accreditation: State of Michigan licensed vocational school; ACCSC in process; VA approved for Veterans Educational Benefits
Founded: 2006
Organization Affiliation: Antique & Classic Boat Society American Boat & Yacht Council Traditional Small Craft Association Les Cheneaux Islands Chamber of Commerce
Degrees Offered: Certification

Certificate of Completion
Associates Degree in Wooden Boat Building Technology(joint program with North Central Michigan College)

School Setting:

New 12,000 square foot classroom and boat building shop facility set on Cedarville Bay in the Les Cheneaux Islands. Both on-campus house and many cottages in the area are available. Beautiful natural area with a history of wooden boat building.

School Schedule: 7
School days in Calendar Year: 161
School Holidays: 28
School Size: 12,000 square feet
Classroom Size: 18 first-year; 8 second-year maximum

Les Cheneaux Islands; Cedarville & Hessel, MI

Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Financial Aid:

Scholarships; student loans

Percentage of Graduating Class: 98%
Parking Spaces/Availability:

On-campus parking

Admissions Deadline: Early admissions: April 1 Late admissions: up to August 1, if class space allows
Computer Capabilities:

Not required

Mission Statement:

'A non-profit educational center that seeks to provide quality traditional and composite wooden boat building skills to preserve and continue the rich maritime heritage of the Great Lakes.'

Notable Graduates/Alumni:

Geoff Hamilton, Brock Tyner, Kevin Pagliuca, Bud McIntire

Programs and Services:

The school offers one-year and two-year programs. The one-year program focuses on traditional wooden boat building skills and an introduction to wood/epoxy composite boat building. The second-year program focuses on a larger, more complex wood/epoxy composite boat, as well as basic marine systems and yacht joinery.

School History:

The school was founded in 2006 with the first class in our professional boat building program in September, 2007. Our graduation rate is 98% and our job placement rate is 91% of those students who chose to continue in the wooden boat building trade following graduation. We were founded as a not-for-profit school by local citizens and wooden boat builders in the Great Lakes Region.