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Mercury and GLBBS Announce Partnership

Thursday, January 30, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Lessway

Detroit, Mich., January 25, 2020 – The Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, Mich. announced an exclusive partnership with Mercury Marine yesterday at the 62nd annual Progressive Detroit Boat Show at the TCF Center in Detroit, Mich. The partnership creates a new education opportunity for aspiring marine technicians in Michigan.


“Workforce development is our members’ #1 priority for MBIA and we are so pleased to have been able to assist in the acquisition of grant funding for this initiative and to see this partnership between Mercury and GLBBS finalize the program which will start this fall,” said Nicki Polan, executive director of the Michigan Boating Industries Association.
“Like other states Michigan, is in dire need of marine technicians today and will see a greater need in coming years as many technicians reach retirement. Our job now is to fill the classes with interested candidates.”


The Great Lakes Boat Building School will be offering its students a 12-month, 42-credit-hour Mercury Marine Maintenance Program through a recent partnership with Mercury Marine and Mercury University, Mercury’s training division, beginning the Fall semester of 2020.


Upon completion of the course, which includes extensive hands-on training on equipment supplied by Mercury, as well as applicable M-TEK courses (Mercury’s on-line Marine Technician’s Essential Knowledge E-Skills programs), the students will receive a Mercury Maintenance Certificate, demonstrating their successful completion of the course and their familiarity with Mercury’s maintenance procedures and engines.


Michigan is the third largest marine market in the country and with nearly one million registered boats on file in the Great Lakes State. An estimated 40 percent of Michigan citizens take to the water each year to boat and fish. The recreational boating industry has a $7.8 billion economic impact on the state’s economy each year.  

“We have a large number of dealers in the Great Lakes Region who are looking to hire qualified technicians,” said Nick Van Nocker, training technology manager, Mercury University. “This partnership allows us to focus on providing qualified marine technicians for this area of the country. It benefits our dealers and our customers, all of whom are getting better-trained technicians.”


“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Mercury, which will further advantage our students as we strive to provide the best education available to the industry, ” said  Joseph D. Reid, chairman of the board, Great Lakes Boat Building School. “Our curriculum is completely industry driven by our advisory board, assuring it will always be fresh and right on target.”

“Dealers can hire someone with this certificate knowing they are hiring someone who can immediately contribute to the dealership, know their way around Mercury products and are already partway towards being certified,” Van Nocker added.  “It only makes sense that a strong boating state like Michigan has marine related education available locally,” said MBIA Executive Director Nicki Polan. “And with such a high boating population, we have a great pool of candidates to draw from.”

The Progressive Detroit Boat Show runs through Sunday, January 26 at the TCF Center in Detroit. For more information visit www.detroitboatshow.net. Tickets and hotel accommodations at the Courtyard by Marriott are available at www.detroitboatshow.net.  HOURS: Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sundays & Monday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Parking is available at TCF Center and surrounding lots.  The Detroit Boat Show is owned and produced by the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA), the voice of boating in Michigan. Revenue generated from this event is returned to fund boater’s interests via MBIA’s programs and services.


The Progressive Detroit Boat Show is sponsored by Progressive Insurance and the Great Lakes Scuttlebutt, the official publication of the MBIA Boat Shows.

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