A violin making student checks the curve of her violin.

When we make something—a piece of furniture, a necklace, a violin, a sugar shack or any hand-crafted project—we think about quality. Does the work represent accomplishment? Does it represent skill? Is it expressive? Does it make you stop and think? We ask those same questions of our educational programs as we work to create a culture of individual achievement and prepare students to work at the highest level in their chosen field.

In this issue:

Reflection and renewal

Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, president of NBSS, announces the Barr Fellowship award and related initiatives. Read the essay.


Creating a culture of success

The department of admissions and student success launches new programs to support students.    Read the story.


A shortage of bench jewelers

A tribute to Bill Garlick who loved all things piano and was a long-time teacher in the NBSS piano technology program. Read the story.


Security jobs in the 21st century

Locksmithing and security technology graduates leave the program with experience and jobs. Read the story.


NBSS violin program participates in MIT study

MIT researchers collaborated with NBSS students and faculty to learn more about what makes great sounding violins. Read the story.

Honoring Dave Troiano

Long-time locksmithing teacher Dave Troiano retired in January and Barbara Baker joins the NBSS faculty.   Read the story.


A summer of skill building

A robust line-up of workshops and short courses are planned for the new climate-controlled building. View the schedule online.

A sweet story

NBSS carpentry students build a sugar shack for Jamie Dergay, director of financial aid at the school. Read the story.


Thanks to the angels

NBSS thrives in large part because of support from individuals, corporations and foundations. Read the story.


Annual Fund update

Gifts to the annual fund provide the school with operating support, student assistance and more. Read the story.


A State House commission

NBSS alumni restore historic antiques and build new furniture for the Massachusetts State House. Read the story.


Donor profile

Steven Soppe has not only become a frequent student, he has found unique and ways to support. Read the story.


Alumni News

Career and life highlights from alumni of NBSS full-time programs. Link to Alumni News.


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