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NKBA Awards Outstanding Kitchen & Bath Design Students and Colleges

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Annette Gray
Manager of Media Relations

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (August 7, 2012) - The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recently recognized kitchen and bath design students with the 2012 NKBA Outstanding Student Awards, while also presenting three NKBA-accredited colleges with the 2011 Excellence in Education Awards. The NKBA announced these prestigious honors during the Educators’ Forum at the NKBA’s 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Chicago.

Three NKBA-accredited colleges were awarded the Excellence in Education Award by demonstrating the highest standards of kitchen and bath instruction. Each program submitted two student kitchen design projects, which were judged using the NKBA Planning Guidelines and NKBA Graphic and Presentation Standards. Each of these three schools awarded met the NKBA’s challenging goal of earning an average score of at least 93 out of a possible 100 on its two student designs.

The winning schools and their kitchen and bath design program coordinators are:

Arapahoe Community

 Littleton, CO

Dawn Viola, CKD

Brevard Community College

Melbourne, FL

Ann Raccon, CKD

BYU- Idaho

Rexburg, ID

Wendy Harris, CKE


The NKBA Outstanding Student Awards

Additionally, the NKBA recognized the top kitchen and bath design students at NKBA-accredited colleges across North America by rewarding top students with a $100 scholarship. Schools with kitchen and bath design programs accredited by the NKBA each selected a student to honor this year.

The top design students are:

Ellen Peterson

Alexandria Technical & Community College

Elizabeth Long

Arapahoe Community College

Jennifer Murray-Huffman

Baker College of Clinton Township

Gayle McCaughin

Brevard Community College

Kimberly Fetzer

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Kirsten Malone

Canada College

Katherine (Kate) Roos

Century College

Elizabeth A Mottashed

College of DuPage

Sara Gerdes

Harper College

Courtney Federspiel

Lakeland College

Jamey Cunningham

MSU-Gallatin College

Eric Poulsen

San Diego Mesa College

Roberta Vincent

Sullivan College of Technology & Design

Emily E Moore

University of Nebraska & Kearney

Jessica Brown

University of Southern Mississippi

Brittany Usiak

Virginia Tech

Shalin Tucker

Weber State University

NKBA Accreditation

NKBA accreditation is available to two- and four-year colleges, universities, and technical institutes throughout the United States and Canada with kitchen and bath degree or certificate programs that meet the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s standards. By becoming NKBA accredited, these schools show prospective students that they provide consistent, quality education in kitchen and bath design.

There are currently more than 60 schools that have either earned NKBA accreditation or have achieved the intermediate NKBA supported status. To determine eligibility, NKBA-accredited programs are evaluated with respect to mission, administration, curriculum, faculty, and resources in their ability to meet required student competencies.

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association with over 50,000 members that has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for more than 45 years. NKBA.org provides consumers with an inspiration gallery of award-winning kitchen and bath designs, as well as articles, tips, and an extensive glossary of remodeling terms. At NKBA.org, consumers can also find certified kitchen and bath professionals in their areas, submit questions to NKBA experts, and download the free NKBA Kitchen Planner and NKBA Bath Planner. To learn more, visit the NKBA Press Room or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

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