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New! Guide to Financial Aid at NBSS

Getting an education is a significant financial undertaking, and our team is dedicated to helping make your dreams of attending America's first trade school a reality. To help you better understand the process of funding your education, we put together a Guide to Financial Aid at NBSS. This guide defines key aspects of financial aid, outlines the steps to apply for federal, state, private, and NBSS funding, and has a few examples of what an NBSS financial aid award could look like.

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Women in the Building Trades
Amanda Gray CA ’19

In recent years, there has been an uptick in programs encouraging women to change their perception of the trades. These new and expanded strategies are an effort to help women see what was once a male-dominated industry as a viable career option. We explore the changing landscape of the building trades in this series – while also celebrating some of the talented women who began their careers at NBSS and are making an impact in their fields.

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The Key to Collaboration
R. Scott Reedy

When it came time to restore a stone cottage – originally built by a World War I general – on his property in Westwood, a homeowner turned to the NBSS Preservation Carpentry faculty. The project's biggest challenge was the building's over-sized door in need of restoration, but which was also missing the key. This opened the door to a collaboration with Locksmithing & Security Technology faculty (and many others) to recreate a one-of-a-kind key.

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Sights on the Horizon
Sarah Turner

Message From the President: NBSS is known for preparing students for work and for working-lives. It is a school known for teaching practical application and usefulness, coupled with integrity and beauty. Like our new graduates, we will keep our sights on the horizon, remembering that our efforts will aggregate. This is how you build a life, a livelihood, a School: effort by effort, over time.

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Full-time Programs


Cabinet & Furniture Making


Jewelry Making & Repair

Locksmithing & Security Technology

Piano Technology

Preservation Carpentry

Violin Making & Repair

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