Lori Foley BB '95, Administrator of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has charted what might be considered an unusual course: from training in the Bookbinding program at North Bennet Street School to leading the national effort on protecting cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies.
The Fowler Clark Epstein Farm in Mattapan culminates a $3.7 million investment in historic preservation and many hard years of work by NBSS Preservation Carpentry students and project partners. Read more about the dedication ceremony here.
While employers appreciate your service, they may not understand the scope of your skills and achievements, let alone your certifications. Learn a few steps to help translate military experience to civilian skills.
"When you find your career, it tends to be an amalgamation of things as opposed to a finely focused event." Read about the successful maker's path and insights of John Mulligan CF '02, who now runs the open-concept work space Lawrence Lin Makerspace at UMASS Lowell.
The prestigious Harvard Library has a top-notch team of book and document conservators on staff, including NBSS Bookbinding graduates Irina Gorstein BB '98 and Anne McLain BB '10. "Books sometimes come to us all but falling apart," says Anne. "To see the books leave sound and usable for patrons again gives you great satisfaction."
At NBSS, you get a big picture perspective. You know what's supposed to happen before and after. Everybody should learn this way... I don't look at the world the same way now that I know how to build a house. That's priceless.
The biggest obstacle I faced before applying to NBSS was my own doubt. After I decided to go for it, everything fell into place... The Cabinet and Furniture Making program gave me the skills to make whatever I dream up. It was an excellent investment in my life and career.
There is no other place to get this type of training. If you want to set yourself apart, NBSS will give you more credibility and knowledge than you could get with 10 years in the field. It is the best money you will ever spend.