It's not an overstatement to say that the success of our economy stems from the skilled workers who have built the infrastructure we rely on each and every day. And, it is skilled labor who has kept that infrastructure sound and working for generation after generation of Americans. There has always been a need for skilled workers, and there will always be a need. While automation is stripping many workers of their jobs, the demand for skilled labor is higher than ever. In fact, the ability to work with our hands is perhaps job security like no other.
After a rigorous nationwide search, NBSS has found a dynamic, thoughtful leader who can articulate the value of a skills-based education, and build on the institution's 137-year tradition of excellence. We welcome visionary educator and artist Sarah Turner as the next President of North Bennet Street School.
Michelle Stranges, a 1993 graduate of the Basic Piano Technology program and a 1994 graduate of Advanced Piano Technology, knew she wanted to be a piano tuner from a young age. She was recently featured in an article by her employer, Western Washington University, where she tirelessly works to keep all 85 of their pianos (and four harpsichords) in tune.
The students who study at North Bennet Street School view their careers as their calling. They want to build goods from scratch or give new life to old things, and in doing so build better lives for themselves. Korean Air's in-flight magazine, Morning Calm, profiled NBSS as one of their "World Academies," capturing the devotion of our students, faculty, and teaching philosophy.
In October 2014, Hollis Webb PC '18 came back to his home town on Nantucket, Massachusetts, after serving in the U.S. Army. An admiration for the historic buildings on Nantucket and for his father, a carpenter, led him to study Preservation Carpentry at NBSS. Hollis and his classmates (including several other military veterans) formed a tight-knit group over two years, building a similar sense of teamwork and camaraderie that he'd valued in the military. His story was recently featured in the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror.
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 & 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.