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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.

In the Making: Girls at Work

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, we enjoyed hearing a conversation about shifting norms in the building trades with members of Girls at Work, a Manchester, NH based non-profit helping young girls build confidence, discover their self-worth, and find their voice by teaching them to build with power tools in a creative and supportive environment. Watch the full conversation here.

In the Making: The Beat of Blossoms

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, we held a virtual conversation with Jamila Zahra Felton of The Beat of Blossoms, along with Erin Fletcher BB '12, an NBSS Bookbinding graduate. They viewed Jamila's work with book arts, zines, collage, papermaking, printmaking, and writing, seeing examples of how she explores memory, identity, love, self-care, power, and Black futures.

In the Making: Autodesk

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, we held a virtual conversation with Athena Moore BB '11, Global Community Lead of Autodesk Technology Centers and NBSS Bookbinding graduate. In this wide-ranging conversation, we discussed the origins and capabilities of Autodesk's Technology centers, exciting projects and partners that Athena has worked with at the Boston Technology Center, the role of automation and innovation in their work, and how Athena's unique background in bookbinding and conservation enhance her work at Autodesk. Watch the full conversation here.

Building on Tradition: NBSS in Early American Life

NBSS was featured in the January/February issue of Early American Life Magazine, highlighting our 140 years of vocational training and how we reopened this past September, now working in an enhanced safety environment using integrated video technology, masks, Plexiglas barriers, and physical distancing.