From our founding in 1881, NBSS has partnered with an array of organizations to advance our mission. We value our many ongoing relationships with educational institutions, trade associations, publishers, foundations, and cultural organizations.


NBSS and Eliot K-8 Innovation School share a long history of collaboration. In 2009, the two schools revived a woodworking program that was originally initiated over 100 years ago. Today, middle school students attend woodworking classes at NBSS once a week under the instruction of our faculty.

Madison Park Technical Vocational High School students expanded upon their school-year knowledge of carpentry and locksmithing in a program launched in 2016. As they gain real-world job experience, students add to their portfolios, learn teamwork, and communication skills. Each of these contribute to academic, personal, and professional growth. This new NBSS program is a part of the Boston Summer Learning Community.

St. John School middle school students join NBSS once a week for woodworking and bookbinding classes that improve problem-solving, develop mathematical skills and increase self confidence. Students employ their individual creativity within the boundaries of precise, disciplined work and gain a better understanding how focused effort helps create high quality projects.


We offer a joint Furniture Design Certificate program through a partnership with Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Students in this program benefit from the unique expertise, faculty, and equipment at both institutions.

The program uses design as the principle process of creating studio furniture. The intention is to encourage each student’s individual growth as an artist, designer, and craftsperson. During the program, you’ll gain a basic understanding of issues, materials, and production that are fundamental in the industry. You’ll leave with the ability to design and build unique pieces, limited production pieces, and prototype furniture.


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The Workforce Development Initiative demonstrates how local foundations large and small can collaborate in supporting the needs of the community.

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