Interior design technology program earns fourth Excellence in Education award

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October 16, 2014 11:06 AM

Interior design technology instructors Fiona McLeod, Greg Plant and Rochelle Horne show off the program's most recent Excellence in Education award.

Lakeland College’s interior design technology program has again been recognized for demonstrating the highest standards of kitchen and bath instruction.

For the fourth time in five years, the program earned an Excellence in Education award from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Instructors Greg Plant, Fiona McLeod and Rochelle Horne received the certificate this month.

As part of an annual requirement for NKBA accreditation, post-secondary institutions submit two student designed kitchen projects. The samples are judged using NKBA’s Planning Guidelines and Graphics and Presentation Standards. Programs with an average score of 90 or better receive an Excellence in Education award. Lakeland’s average score was 95.

“This award is a validation from our accrediting body that we’re staying on the right track in terms of instruction and it’s also a reflection of the quality of work our students are doing,” says Plant. “We help students develop their skill set and then they use their talent and creativity to solve the design challenges that NKBA presented.”

Student work samples included a floor plan, elevation, construction plan and mechanical plan.

Lakeland College is the only Canadian institution among the 17 NKBA accredited post-secondary institutions that received a 2013 Excellence in Education certificate. Students also represented the program exceptionally
well in student design competitions. Two third-place finishes and four honourable mentions during the 2013-2014 academic year extended the program’s winning streak to 11 years. 

Interior design technology is a two-year diploma program offered at the college’s Vermilion campus.

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