Visited GLMA yesterday, traverse city is a great place. The campus is new and their boat is a good learning platform, which is right on traverse bay. After talking with admissions its really a lakes oriented program, 2 out of your three sea projects are on lakes which makes total sense for getting lakes pilotage.
I didn’t like how the Maritime building is shared with a culinary school and conference center but its understandable NMC is a community college. They said there trying to get legislation passed to make the school capable to offer a Bachelor degree. Also their simulator was out of date compared to others.
I was attracted to great lakes because of being non-regimented, but after talking to several maritime grads I believe the corp of cadets can only benefit you in building leadership qualities. I think its all about your attitude. Are going to just go thru the motions or actually buy into the system and learn how to lead and manage properly. Bottom line is I want to be as well prepared for sailing as mate and ultimately master, having good leadership and management training is essential. I’m not convinced GLMA can offer this kind of training.