The Program supports low-income residents of the South End/Lower Roxbury neighborhood with employment opportunities.


Our College and Workforce Program proud graduates

IBA’s College and Financial Empowerment Program is an innovative educational development and financial empowerment partnership with Bunker Hill Community College. Serving as a mini-satellite campus of Bunker Hill Community College, IBA offers a unique model of a college campus in the heart of an affordable housing community.

The program has a strong coaching, case management component. The success Coaches guide students through the enrollment process and financial aid system; link students with tutors and learning specialists; help students create educational plans and walk them through the required courses for completion of a certificate or degree program; and connect students with employers. The program offers scholarships, childcare, books and test fees, as well as academic advising.


"The program has helped me gain a sense of responsibility. Making me realize I'm responsible for the work I do and if I don't do the work, there are consequences." - Megan Laboy, 17.

The program offers:

With a focus on 16-24 years old from the South End/Lower Roxbury who have dropped out of school, our participants have the opportunity to:

  • Complete their High School Equivalency Degree.
  • Take adult education classes (ESL and Developmental English and Math).
  • Enroll in College Classes on-site in Villa Victoria.
  • Participate in job readiness and life skills trainings.
  • Secure employment.

For more information or questions you may contact Kay Mazara at (617) 399-1964 or

For a list of free assessment tools to help you determine the career path best suited for you, click below.


High School Equivalency

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Our Summer 2017 Session starts May 9th. Limited space available – Register now!

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College and Financial Empowerment Updates & Announcements

Posted 2 months ago

Explore opportunities for professional development during our Academic & Career Fair on Thursday, June 15th!

Posted 3 months ago

Our Summer 2017 HiSet Program starts May 9th, 2017. Get ahead and register now!

Posted 10 months ago

Our Spring 2017 HiSet Program starts January 17th, 2017. Get ahead and register now!