NBSS students are ambitious, passionate, and diverse. They are recent high school graduates, former college students, and white-collar professionals. They are returning veterans, single parents, and recently married, starting new families. Our intimate, close-knit community of craftspeople continues even beyond graduation.

Training students for careers in traditional trades is at the very heart of our mission. Because the School is small, we’re able to work with students on a one-on-one basis. We’ll help you prepare the tools for your job search (like resumes and portfolios) and identify potential employers.

Though focused, hands-on work is the core of the NBSS experience, you’ll be part of a small group of creative and friendly students. While a student at NBSS, you'll enjoy evening lectures, PB&J Thursdays, bowling nights, music nights, belt sander races, and more.


We connect students with internships to help build real-world experience, and we maintain a Jobs & Commissions Board that lists opportunities for students. In addition, we offer an annual Business Course that covers business plans, marketing, contracts and negotiations, pricing, accounting, insurance, legal issues, and more.

We can provide you information about health insurance, voter registration, transportation, and child care. Though we don't provide housing assistance, you may find these housing resources helpful in your search.


Students can gain insight into graduate careers and connect with potential employers, colleagues, and organizations via our alumni network. Over 3,000 NBSS alumni live around the world, and many of the School's instructors are alumni, as are the President and the Provost of the School.

The Alumni Association organizes networking events, and offers mentoring to both students and new graduates. Email alumniassociation@nbss.edu to learn more.

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