College & Financial Empowerment

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 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. DOWNLOAD FLYER

High School Equivalency

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

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

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