Nightly News | October 25, 2012
>>> finally tonight, a labor of love, a place where people are using their hands to make something new of their lives, by learning some of the oldest skills in the book. our report on this from nbc's christian ja jansing.
>> reporter: the sounding coming from the school remind them of an earlier era. the scrape on wood, the notes on a piano. this trade school has been in boston since it started to train immigrants in 1885 . and today, without a computer in sight, they're teaching old-world technique to students looking for a new start.
>> they have had another career or they have gotten to another point in their education, where they're about to go out for a career and think i don't really want to do this.
>> reporter: erica worked in finance, for a decade when she was laid off.
>> a lot of colleagues went to another firm, and i knew that was the wrong answer for me.
>> reporter: now, she is using book binding , with plans to use her knowledge to start a business. when this lady lost her job as an architect, she saw furniture-making as a need, but one in constant demand.
>> there is always going to be a place for a well-trained, hand craft individual in the world.
>> reporter: the school has eight individual training programs that last nine months to three years, from fine jewelry making to hand-crafting violins.
>> this this shop, the beautiful work is sold. 85% of these people will find a job within six months of graduation, and in the first year, make 30-40,000.
>> reporter: that is much less than ryan stolz could make as a nurse.
>> that is fine by me.
>> reporter: he goes by the philosophy, do what you love every day, which may be why the dropout rate is under 5%.
>> somehow, they experience what they know is a meaningful activity for them, working with your hands, once you do it you don't want to stop doing it.
>> reporter: a simple but profound belief that one's work, a second act in life, should be nothing but first rate, boston.