NBSS Receives Grants to Support Veterans

September 7, 2015



North Bennet Street School (NBSS) is pleased to announce that the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation has awarded a grant of $500,000 to establish an endowment for the Veterans Program, an initiative focused on the recruitment, training and job placement of men and women who have served our country. In addition, BNY Mellon/Peter E. Strauss Trust has awarded North Bennet Street School a grant of $50,000 to support the Veterans Program.

NBSS has a long history of providing job training for veterans, beginning with soldiers returning home from World War I. At the time, the School’s director, George Greener, was involved in developing rehabilitation programs for the federal government and was especially attuned to the needs of returning soldiers.

Greener developed programs in watch repair, cabinet making, house framing, offset printing, and jewelry engraving, some of which are still taught at the school today. At the conclusion of World War II, NBSS again took a prominent role in offering classes to veterans on the GI Bill and expanded training for the disabled, both veterans and civilians, funded by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. The school’s work in training veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars, as well as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, has continued this commitment.

Funding provided by the Linn Foundation and BNY Mellon/Peter E. Strauss Trust makes it possible for NBSS to continue offering scholarships to veterans and provides funds for tools, materials and the support services critical to their success.

More information about the NBSS Veterans Program is available here.

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