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Lakeland College interior design technology program accredited by NKBA

Lakeland College’s interior design technology program has once again met strict curriculum standards from the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

The school was notified that its program was one of only 55 accredited programs in North America whose courses’ kitchen and bath curricula meet the educational standards set by the NKBA. Lakeland first earned full NKBA accreditation in 1999 and the college’s interior design students have also excelled in NKBA design competitions, earning a minimum of an honourable mention every year for the past 12 years.

Faculty members Fiona McLeod, Greg Plant and Rochelle Horne submitted a self-study report and an analysis of competencies related to four categories: planning and design, construction systems, business and project management, and products/materials. NKBA’s evaluation included classroom observations, a curriculum review meeting with faculty, a presentation of projects, and interviews with students, faculty and administration. The accreditation renewal is good for seven years although the NKBA does require the program to submit student work samples every year.

Faculty member, Fiona McLeod, also said the accredited 2-year diploma program out of the Vermilion campus provides the college a special niche in the post-secondary education market. Students learn in a studio setting where they master design fundamentals, drafting, planning and more.

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