News

This page is regularly updated with the latest news from and about NBSS.

  • Mayor Walsh to Speak at 2016 Commencement

    North Bennet Street School is delighted to announce Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh will deliver the commencement address to our newest graduates at Old North Church on June 3, 2016.

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    Posted: May 13, 2016
  • Preserving the Shingle Style at NBSS

    As part of Preservation Month, NBSS hosted a crowd of over 50 attendees for a lecture on the restoration of the Loring House window by Preservation Carpentry students. The project was also featured in the May 2016 issue of Design New England Magazine.

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    Posted: May 13, 2016
  • CE Summer Classes Filling Up Fast

    Sam Feinstein

    Interested in sharpening your skills or learning a new craft? Check out what's new in Continuing Education this summer! With topics such as musical instruments, carpentry, woodworking, jewelry and more, there's a CE class made just for you. This year's selections are proving popular, and bench space is limited! Sign up today to make the most of your summer at NBSS.

    Posted: April 19, 2016
  • Exploratory Work at Fowler Clark Farm

    Fowler Clark Farm

    Historic Boston Incorporated recently published a writeup on recent NBSS Preservation Carpentry program discoveries at the 18th century farm in Mattapan. Pending approvals from various agencies, NBSS students will make historically accurate window sash and plank frames for the nine front windows, renovate the existing front portico, install a new front foundation sill, and make new clapboards for the front façade. Read more here.

    Posted: April 19, 2016
  • Opportunity at the Society of Arts and Crafts

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    NBSS friend The Society of Arts and Crafts is relocating to the Seaport from their former home on Newbury Street. To celebrate both the move and SAC's new craft community, the nonprofit will host Radius, an inaugural exhibition featuring talented makers who live or work within one mile of SAC's new, expanded location. Click here for details on applying; deadline is April 30.

    Posted: April 19, 2016
  • Annual Celebration of Craft Opens May 16

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    This year's Student & Alumni Exhibit may be our biggest yet! The work of over 60 members of the NBSS community will be on display, including hand-carved chairs and cabinetry, jewelry in platinum and gold, ornate leather-bound books, a refurbished grand piano, and more.

    Exhibit free and open to the public, with tickets available for two special nights: Tuesday, May 17 features a progressive workshop tour with intimate dinner, and Thursday, May 26 offers a special "meet the makers" cocktail reception. Visit the Annual Celebration of Craft webpage for more information and to purchase tickets to the events. Hope to see you there!

    Posted: April 19, 2016
  • Annual Celebration of Craft

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    The Annual Celebration of Craft showcases the work of our talented community and supports the School’s mission to ensuring a quality education is accessible to all.

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    Posted: March 24, 2016
  • Call for Entries! Award, Exhibit & News

    Hand marbled book by Nicole Campana

    Check out these opportunities to be recognized for both your work and professional contributions: Distinguished Alumni Award, Student & Alumni Exhibit, and Alumni News updates.

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    Posted: March 15, 2016
  • 2015-16 Annual Report

    2015 Annual Report

    Thank you to our 2016 supporters! Covering a broad range of topics, the 2015-16 Annual Report includes news from the School, profiles of our talented alumni, a listing of our generous supporters, and a Strategic Plan update from President Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez. Click here to view the Annual Report online.

    Posted: March 15, 2016
  • Video: Kyle Toth CF '11

    Kyle Toth, CF '11

    Check out this great profile of CF alum Kyle Toth and his creative work. Part of a series on Southern Californian artisans, Kyle talks not only about keeping craft alive and the importance of quality work, but also his formative education at NBSS.

    Posted: March 15, 2016
  • Check Out Our Continuing Education Summer Catalog

    Summer Catalog

    Interested in sharpening your skills or learning a new craft? Check out what's new in Continuing Education this summer! With topics such as musical instruments, carpentry, woodworking, jewelry and more, there's a CE class made just for you. For more details, click here.

    Posted: March 15, 2016
  • Update on Student Veterans Organization

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    Veterans at NBSS

    Our newly formed Student Veterans Organization (NBSS SVO) is now an official chapter of Student Veterans of America, a leader in research, advocacy, and partnerships. This has been a primary goal of NBSS SVO since it was founded in September.

    Serving our veteran population is one of several NBSS initiatives that honors our roots, and the School currently has 35 student veterans and dependents attending (the largest number in over 40 years). For more information on NBSS SVO, please visit our veterans page or contact vets@nbss.edu.

    Posted: March 15, 2016
  • Boston Design Week at NBSS

    Check out America's first trade school first hand, and learn more about NBSS's unique education in craftsmanship.

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    Posted: March 8, 2016
  • City and State Grants Awarded to NBSS

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    NBSS is pleased to announce $165,845 in grants from the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Neighborhood Jobs Trust funding from the City will be distributed through the School's Workforce Development Initiative, which provides economically disadvantaged residents of Boston with a viable pathway from high school to meaningful, lifetime employment. The remainder of the funding comes through Governor Baker's Workforce Skills Capital grant, which will make it possible for NBSS to purchase equipment for the now-expanded Carpentry program.

    NBSS is committed to improving the skills and job prospects of individuals who have historically faced barriers to employment. Look for more details on these and other important development news in the spring issue of Benchmarks.

    Posted: March 1, 2016
  • New Workbenches for Continuing Education

    Thanks to the help of Sjobergs and Woodcraft, the School was able purchase 20 new workbenches that will make the continuing education classroom a better learning environment for students.

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    Posted: February 15, 2016
  • BNY Mellon Provides for NBSS Veterans Program

    Workforce development opportunities for veterans were supported at NBSS through a special grant from BNY Mellon. Providing for tuition assistance and job placement, the grant is an important step in securing employment post-graduation. Click here to read more about BNY Mellon's foundations, and other nonprofit organizations they help support.

    Posted: February 15, 2016
  • A Growing Community at the School

    NBSS welcomes 23 students to our progams, and a new Director of Marketing and Communications to our staff.

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    Posted: February 15, 2016
  • New Alumni Association President & Meeting Dates

    NBSS welcomes Kim Toigo PC '05 as our new Alumni Association President, and thanks Colleen Matthews JM '12 for her service. Also check out the upcoming Alumni Association meeting schedule & topics here.

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    Posted: January 12, 2016
  • New Alumni Association President & Meeting Dates

    Learn more about our new alumni president, say farewell to our president emeritus, and check out future alumni association meeting dates.

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    Posted: January 12, 2016
  • Career Day - November 19, 2015

    An opportunity for employers and small business consultants to meet talented students and alumni. Learn more about exhibiting and attending this unique opportunity to connect talent with opportunity.

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    Posted: September 24, 2015
  • NBSS receives two grants in support of veterans

    North Bennet Street School has a long history of providing job training for veterans, beginning wall the way back to World War I. Today, NBSS is pleased to announce two new grants for our Veterans Program.

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    Posted: September 7, 2015
  • Notes on the Journey

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    Just as it felt good to leave, it feels good to come home after a long time away.

    For the three months of my recent sabbatical, I lived out of a carry-on bag and small backpack, traveling more than 16,000 miles. A month was spent in South America, first on a two-week Learning Journey in Bolivia with my cohort of eight 2015 Barr Fellows. Our stops in Bolivia included Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats at 4,000 square miles, Potosi, the world’s highest city at nearly 14,000 ft, and Rurrenabaque, a tiny but growing center for eco-tourism in the Amazon basin. We met with leaders of non-profit organizations involved in education and environmental policy, the former ambassador to the US (we have no diplomatic relations at the moment), university professors, school children and local officials, and, in the process, the eight of us became a tight-knit group of close friends.

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    Posted: September 7, 2015
  • Serving Veterans

    We were fortunate to have Commissioner Sterling at Opening Day to welcome incoming student veterans to NBSS and the city of Boston. Photo (left to right): Secretary Francisco Urena, Kathy Oullette (VA Vocational Rehabilitation), Commissioner Giselle Sterling, Tommy Furlong (Home Base Program), Laura Piscopo (Dept. of Veterans Services),
Amy Bonneau (Boston Vet Center), Bryan Worley (NBSS student veteran)

    North Bennet Street School has a long history of working with veterans to retrain them for jobs that require a mastery of hand skills. When I became Director of admissions in 2011, President Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, himself a Navy Seabee, asked me to reconnect with veterans and build the student veteran population.

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    Posted: September 7, 2015
  • Support for workforce development

    With a recent grant from The Boston Foundation, the total amount raised by North Bennet Street School for its Workforce Development/Diversity Initiative has reached nearly $500,000.‚Äč

    Carpentry students work on their first project
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    Posted: September 7, 2015
  • Planning for Growth

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    In 2009, the NBSS Board of Directors approved a five-year business plan. The plan, developed with the engagement of Board, faculty and staff members, focused on building operational infrastructure, building and maintaining enrollment, increasing scholarship support and, critically, finding and moving to a new facility.

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    Posted: September 7, 2015
  • Greenwood to Windsor Chair

    Peter Galbert

    While most East Coast residents aspire to spend the last days of summer at the beach, a dedicated group of woodworkers from Maine to South Carolina took to the NBSS shop in late August. Led by specialist Pete Galbert, students bent, shaved, and carved fresh green wood into handmade Windsor chairs.

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    Posted: September 7, 2015
  • Jewelry Arts for High School Students

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    In September, NBSS welcomed its first group of high school students to participate in a new after school jewelry program. The program trains high school students in the fundamentals of designing and creating quality jewelry. Nine students from Snowden International High School—a Boston Public School—are the first to participate in the one-day-a-week program.

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    Posted: September 7, 2015
  • Carpentry program doubles

    Carpentry class of 2016 flanked by their instructors

    North Bennet Street School has been training carpenters since 1947. The program has evolved over the years as the construction industry and training methods have changed. The current nine-month, hands-on carpentry curriculum trains students to construct and renovate residential and commercial buildings through skilled use of tools and machines, knowledge of efficient procedures, and an understanding of construction principles including current and emerging industry standards and building practices.

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    Posted: September 7, 2015
  • Offerman Presides

    Nick Offerman

    The weather was perfect on Friday, May 29 as graduating students, their friends and family gathered at the school for the open house before walking to Old North Church for the graduation ceremony. As students, family and friends gathered, the press showed up...and then Nick Offerman arrived.

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    Posted: September 7, 2015
  • Saying Goodbye

    Two long-time members of the NBSS community retired at the end of the academic year in June.

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    Posted: September 7, 2015


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