Student Veterans Organization

North Bennet Street School was established in 1881 and has been training veterans since 1920.

The North Bennet Street School Student Veteran Organization (NBSS SVO) was founded in September, 2015 with the advent of having thirty student veterans enrolled.

The full-time, accredited career training programs prepare individuals to begin meaningful careers and are eligible for veterans education and employment training benefits.

NBSS Student Veteran organization Mission Statement

The North Bennet Street School Student Veteran Organization (NBSS SVO) seeks to establish and maintain a network of student veterans, dependents of veterans, and supporting partners at North Bennet Street School, as well as professional relationships with other student veterans and industry leaders in the fields that we train for around the world. The NBSS SVO seeks to provide student veterans with the personal and professional resources, assistance, direction, and support necessary for the successful transitions from military to student life here, and for employment beyond NBSS. The SVO strives to emphasize wellness, community, and comprehensive success.

NBSS Student Veteran organization Vision Statement

The North Bennet Street School Student Veteran Organization is a dedicated voice for all student veterans and alumni at North Bennet Street School. We aspire to use that voice to promote veterans’ issues on and off campus. We are a community of individuals sharing life experiences and supporting each other to promote excellence in all things. We believe in being a model of community engagement, excellence, and leadership.


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NBSS offers a unique environment, where master craftsmen teach eight time-honored trades -– bookbinding, cabinet and furniture making, carpentry, jewelry making and repair, locksmithing and security technology, piano technology, preservation carpentry, and violin making and repair. Each program teaches the skillful use of hand tools, new technologies, and a commitment to producing work of the highest standard.  

A three-minute introduction to the full-time programs at NBSS.

Veterans benefits and financial aid

Full-time courses at North Bennet Street School qualify for veterans’ educational benefits through the Montgomery G.I. Bill, Chapter 30 and the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, Chapter 33. For details, visit the Veterans information page.

In addition, Federal and state grants and NBSS scholarships are available for qualified students. This includes the NBSS Yellow Ribbon Program, which is our own program to help bridge any financial gap for veterans. Learn more on the financial aid page of this website.

Job Placement

Training students for careers in traditional trades is at the very heart of the mission of North Bennet Street School. The Director of Student and Alumni Services works actively with students and graduates to assist them in actualizing their career goals. The NBSS Student and Alumni Resource Center provides students with access to current job postings, research materials and job hunting guides, along with computers for word-processing, laser-printing, and Internet access. One-on-one help is provided preparing the professional tools needed for a successful job search (e.g., resumes, cover letters, and portfolios) and in identifying potential employers. Job listings from employers hoping to hire NBSS graduates are shared with students and alumni.


NBSS offers rolling admissions and accepts qualified applicants throughout the year. Veterans that enjoy working with their hands do well at North Bennet Street School. Qualities that military training sharpens -- commitment, organization, self-motivation and self-reliance -- are helpful in the immersive, hands-on training environment at NBSS. Learn more about the admissions process

Information Sessions

The best way to discover if the school is the right fit for you is to visit. Tour the facilities meet others who are interested in the school, ask questions and learn more about the school and the admissions process. Attend one of the monthly information sessions or schedule an individual meeting and tour. To learn more about information sessions, click here.

We welcome calls and emails. Write to or call 617-227-0155.




“There is no place I would rather be right now. I have been a part-time woodworker for over 20 years. I've worked in corporate, and during my last job I decided to work in my shop as a way to relieve the stress and make me happy. My wife encouraged me to think about this as a full-time career path. I did some research and North Bennet Street School came up on the top of my list. As soon as I visited and toured the school, I knew that I wanted to come here.” Hal Curry, Cabinet and Furniture Making Student, USMC

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NBSS at a glance

  • 8 full-time programs. Learn more about full-time programs here.
  • Student/faculty ratio < 13:1
  • 18 faculty members with a combined NBSS teaching tenure of over 217 years. The median tenure of the faculty is 10 years and the average tenure is 12 years. Read faculty profiles here.
  • 150 students
  • Students range in age from 18 - 60
  • 58% of students are from Massachusetts (2010-2011 school year)
  • 41% from other states (2010-2011 school year)
  • Retention rate  >95%
  • Graduation rate >85%
  • Employment rate > 85%
  • $150,000 in school scholarship aid provided to students in 2011 

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