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Read stories from students, faculty, and graduates of each of our nine Full-Time programs, catch up with past School events, hear what students are learning in Continuing Education classes and workshops, find messages from our President, explore shop tours, and more. Use the filter tools below to search by topic.

Graduation 2021

Finishing the requirements for graduation at NBSS takes hard work, commitment, and dedication at the best of times. The students in our 2021 graduating class completed their intensive programs during an extremely tumultuous year, staying the course through a building closure, remote learning, and extended in-person instruction. Simply stated, we couldn't be more proud of all that these graduates accomplished. On June 4, we celebrated our newest alumni during a live-streamed ceremony at Old North Church.

In The Making: Paolo Brandolisio

On Thursday, May 27, 2021, we livestreamed from Venice, Italy with Paolo Brandolisio, one of only a handful of remaining makers of the fórcola, a specific part of a gonola. Joined by translator Emma Holland and guide Sebastian Rauch, the event was a fascinating opportunity to hear from a master craftsman himself on his process and tools, and to be invited inside his workshop, positioned right on a Venetian canal. Watch the full conversation here.

NBSS Featured on New England Living

New England Living is a weekly lifestyle show featuring unique people, places, and experiences around New England. They recently visited NBSS, the oldest and first trade school, to learn about the programs and interview several faculty members. Watch the full video here.

Barb Baker, Retiring as Locksmithing Department Head

After six years leading the Locksmithing & Security Technology program, Barb Baker has decided to retire as Department Head and instructor. We are incredibly grateful for all of Barb's years as a teacher and mentor, and she has brought a keen technical mind to all aspects of the program. Please join our entire community in sharing our heartfelt thanks to Barb for her many years of expertise and mentorship, and wishing her all the best in her retirement.

In the Making: Boston Design Week

NBSS, America's first trade school, is known globally for a range of programs and courses, and hand-based craft and trades, helping people achieve meaningful careers—or just learn new skills. Event hosts Kristen Odle-Devine and Rob O'Dwyer walked us through a behind-the-scenes virtual tour using our new 360-degree model. Watch the full event here.