From our founding in 1881, NBSS has partnered with an array of organizations to advance our mission. We value our many ongoing relationships with educational institutions, trade associations, publishers, foundations, and cultural organizations.


NBSS and Eliot K-8 Innovation School share a long history of collaboration. In 2009, the two schools revived a woodworking program that was originally initiated over 100 years ago. Today, middle school students attend woodworking and bookbinding classes at NBSS once a week with our instructors.

Madison Park Technical Vocational High School students expand upon their school-year knowledge of carpentry and locksmithing in a summer program launched in 2016. As they gain real-world job experience, students add to their portfolios, learn teamwork, and communication skills. Each of these contribute to academic, personal, and professional growth. This NBSS program is a part of the Boston Summer Learning Community.

St. John School middle school students join NBSS once a week for woodworking and bookbinding classes that improve problem-solving, develop mathematical skills and increase self confidence. Students employ their individual creativity within the boundaries of precise, disciplined work and gain a better understanding how focused effort helps create high quality projects.

In January of 2018, NBSS and Donald McKay K-8 School launched a new trial partnership with the goal of using woodworking to improve both teacher and student learning in 6th grade math and science. Teachers use their experiences at NBSS to improve their ability to link the 6th grade math and science standards to hands-on, project-based learning activities that connect to real-world applications that go well beyond a math worksheet. Teachers are learning how to embed the science and math standards in highly engaging activities that foster student curiosity and will increase the intrinsic motivation of students to become self-directed explorers in mathematics and science.


We offer a joint Furniture Design Certificate program through a partnership with Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Students in this program benefit from the unique expertise, faculty, and equipment at both institutions.

The program uses design as the principle process of creating studio furniture. The intention is to encourage each student’s individual growth as an artist, designer, and craftsperson. During the program, you’ll gain a basic understanding of issues, materials, and production that are fundamental in the industry. You’ll leave with the ability to design and build unique pieces, limited production pieces, and prototype furniture.


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The Workforce Development Initiative demonstrates how local foundations large and small can collaborate in supporting the needs of the community.