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

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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.


Financial Literacy & Credit Building Services

Need help with money? We have the best advice here at IBA!

Managing your money can be complicated, from loans, credit cards, part-time work, and bank accounts. Knowing how to handle these things can save you time and money! At IBA, we understand these things are important to keeping your family healthy.

How do I set up an appointment? Register here or please contact Jeff Paddock, Financial Empowerment Coordinator.

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High School Equivalency

Read about how our HiSet program is helping people achieve goals they once thought were “unattainable,” click here. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep updated on any upcoming events.

Our Fall 2017 Session starts September 12nd. Limited space available – Register now!

To ENROLL in the College & Financial Empowerment program, click below.


College and Financial Empowerment Updates & Announcements

Posted 4 months ago

Wondering how to enroll in a community college? Come to the Bunker Hill Community College info session on June 12!

Posted 4 months ago

Learn how to take control of your smartphone! Join us on June 4 to break down the confusing stuff.

Posted 5 months ago

Get SMART–learn how to develop efficient goals with the CaFE program on May 22!

Posted 7 months ago

Learn the basic of Google Docs on March 23. Find out more here.

Posted 7 months ago

Need help filing your taxes? Pick up a few pointers on April 3, 10, or 12 during our workshop.

Posted 7 months ago

Manage your cash-flow, income, and benefits with complete confidence! Tips and tricks on March 6.

Posted 7 months ago

Learn the basics of Google Docs on March 5. Find out how.

Posted 8 months ago

Stand out in the crowd with our cover letter workshop on February 23. Learn more here.

Posted 8 months ago

Learn your rights so you can protect your savings with our workshop on Feb 20!

Posted 9 months ago

Want to perfect your budgeting skills? Join one of our workshops on Jan 9 or 23!

Posted 1 year ago

Financial Literacy & Credit Building COURSE! Take our 15 week course offering and become financially smart!

Posted 1 year ago

Computer Education: Email Basics Workshop on September 11 and September 29.

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BHCC Course Registration Blitz on Tuesday, August 1 and Wednesday, August 2 (11:00AM – 1:00PM).

Posted 1 year ago

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

Posted 1 year ago

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

Posted 2 years ago

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