A group of Interior Design students at Lone Star College-Kingwood recently judged a Houston competition for Contractor of the Year. The local chapter of the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI) sponsored the competition.
Local businessman Fred Spaulding of Quality Home Improvements invited the students in Professor Susan Ouren's residential design class to be the judges of the competition. "These students are professionals. They've learned what works and what to look for," said Spaulding.
Each of the 18 entries was judged individually by three students. Some of the criteria the students used to judge the entries included: did the remodel meet the needs of the client; was the project properly laid out; and the difficulty of the project.
Professor Ouren says, "What I appreciated about this opportunity for the students was that they got to see firsthand what we talk about in the classroom."
Spaulding instructed the students that there was no such thing as a perfect remodel and no entry should receive a perfect score. He also advised them, "Spend no more than five minutes, max, on each binder, you can tell by then how good it is."
Students gladly took on the responsibility for judging the entries said Professor Ouren. "This gives them the chance to see an actual remodel, not a classroom project, and judge how it turned out."
Spaulding was so confident in the student's judgment that he added up the scores right there in the classroom and announced the winners. The students were invited to attend the upcoming awards banquet giving them the opportunity to mingle with professionals in the Houston area.
Student Jenny Baldridge says she loves the program here. "I'm a second timer, I already have a degree in Kinesiology, but I love interior design. It's everywhere you look in your daily life and so fascinating to see why some things work and others don't."
"This program works for me and people like me, who have jobs or kids, because it's flexible. You can still go to work, pick your kids up from school and go at the pace you want," says Baldridge.
Lone Star College-Kingwood offers a one-year home decorating certificate and an associate degree in interior design both of which are endorsed by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). Students who attend the Lone Star College-Kingwood program are also mentored by design professionals and consequently earn an important foothold in the industry upon graduation. To learn more call 281-312-1639 or visit kingwood.lonestar.edu.
Register online and by phone for the December mini-mester and spring term at kingwood.lonestar.edu/goto/registration or 281-591-6625. On-site registration is available during regular offices hours beginning Nov. 26. New students attending for the first time from other colleges or universities must have an official college transcript sent to Lone Star College-Kingwood prior to registration and should also complete the online admissions application at www.lonestar.edu/goto/apply.htm.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at kingwood.lonestar.edu.
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit www.lonestar.edu.