Interior design technology students and faculty were all smiles after learning Lakeland was named the 2017 NKBA College of the Year. SUPPLIED PHOTO
Bathrooms and kitchens, kitchens and bathrooms.
The successful teaching focus on designing those two rooms has Lakeland College ranked first by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) in 2017 for its interior design technology program.
“We’re thrilled to receive this honour from the National Kitchen & Bath Association,” said Dave King, dean of Lakeland’s School of Trades and Technology.
King said the accolade validates the quality program and education Lakeland delivers to their students.
This is the first time Lakeland has received the award, thanks to a combined score of 98 out of 100 on the two student designs the program submitted.
Lakeland’s NKBA accredited program was also one of 13 programs from across North America recognized with a 2017 Excellence in Education award.
“It’s exciting for us to be at the top” said instructor Fiona McLeod, Lakeland’s NKBA program coordinator.
“We’ve won Excellence in Education awards before – this is our fifth, but we’ve never been the top school, so it’s gratifying for our program, faculty and students.”
Lakeland students also won awards in the 2016/2017 Student Design Competition, sponsored by Waypoint Living Spaces, marking 14 consecutive years of student award winners.
Hailey Kaspick placed second for her bathroom design, and received a $1,500 scholarship.
Brooklyn Gogowich placed third for her bathroom design, and received a $1,000 scholarship.
Erica Eftodie and Natasha Chaykowski received honourable mentions for their bathroom designs, as did Megan Gerling for her kitchen design.
The students were asked to design a kitchen and bathroom for a senior couple that had the all-inclusive approach to aging-in-place.
The competition attracted over 200 entries from 26 colleges and universities from across North America.
“The instructors and the students put in so much work and effort and it’s clearly showing with these results,” said Mandy Davediuk, a second-year design student at the Vermilion campus.
She said the students who come here want to work and learn, and the instructors are so dedicated and helpful.
“It’s so exciting that Lakeland is the top (NKBA) school; this small program in Vermilion is producing amazing results,” she said.
Davediuk said she and her classmates will work hard to extend Lakeland’s success in design competitions to 15 years.
“I want to continue the streak and show Lakeland off and how great a program they have here,” she said.
The winners will attend the NKBA Design Competition awards event in January 2018 in Orlando, Florida during the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show.
This industry event will also recognize the NKBA professional designers who created the best kitchens and baths of the past year.