Interior Design Students Offered Unique Opportunities

Published on: April 23, 2009

Students in LSC-Kingwood's Interior Design program not only get a top notch education, but are also exposed to many unique and exciting opportunities.

This semester students took advantage of several exciting opportunities.  Three interior design students won trips to destinations that are uniquely relevant to their chosen field, others had the opportunity to meet and talk with famous TV personality, Candace Olson and still more had the chance to hear and speak with industry professionals at monthly meetings of the ASID/NKBA student group.

One lucky trip winner was Regina Brown, a stay-at-home mom who decided she needed to get out of the house and pursue a new career.  "I have always been interested in interior design, so I decided to make a career of it," says Brown.  

She won an all expense paid trip to Spain by Cosentino, the manufacturers of Silestone.  She won the trip while at a NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) event in the Woodlands.  She and her husband will enjoy 5 nights in Spain, including 2 in Barcelona, where Casentino has its headquarters.  There she will have the unique opportunity to have a personal guided tour of the plant and facilities and get all the latest information on their products.

She says she very excited about the trip, but says the interior design program changed her life.

"It has changed my life.  It got me out of the house, I met new friends and I have a new outlook on life.  I would definitely recommend the interior design program.  The instructors are very encouraging and have a lot to offer.  I'm looking forward to a rewarding career."

It was at the same NKBA event where Candace Olson, star of the HGTV show, Divine Design, spoke and then met with LSC-Kingwood interior design students.  Brown says, "She was very friendly, took the time to talk with all of us.  I was very impressed."

Students working on a recent project in the Interior Design Program's Kitchen and Bath course had the added incentive of not only a good grade, but also the chance to win a free trip to the NKBA Kitchen and Bath Show.

The project was a NKBA Student Design Competition.  Their work was judged by members of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of NKBA and they had to meet strict competition guidelines.

Jacqueline Mead, a certified professional building designer who owns and operates Designs in Kingwood and is the instructor for the Kitchen and Bath course, says the NKBA endorsement of LSC-Kingwood's program is extremely beneficial to students in the program.  "The NKBA has stringent guidelines and for LSC-Kingwood to be one of only about 55 schools nationwide to hold this designation is a huge benefit to the students and their future careers."

"What stood out about these four winners, was the way they answered all of the questions, meeting all of the requirements and NKBA guidelines," says Mead

Four winners were chosen, but only the top two students are offered a free, all inclusive trip to K/

BIS, the Kitchen and Bath Show in Atlanta.  Rebecca Gray took first place honors, Carolina Bernal won second place, Kelly Ziehe won third and Ali Adams came in fourth.  Because Bernal is unable to attend, Ziehe will take her place. 

"It's a wonderful industry show and the students will learn a lot," says Mead, "It's the place to be for those who want to be in the kitchen and bath industry."

Each of the winners agrees that the program has had a significant impact on their lives.  "What stands out about this program is that they teach professionalism and require the highest quality work," says Gray.

And finally, students are invited to monthly "lunch and learn" presentations by the college's student group of ASID/NKBA.  These presentations keep students up to date on the latest products, trends and career opportunities and introduce them to many industry experts.

All of these opportunities point to a program that is designed around the needs and expectations of students, with an eye on their future success.

LSC-Kingwood offers a one-year home decorating certificate and an associate's degree in interior design and is one of only a select few colleges in Texas endorsed by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).  Students who enroll in the program are mentored by design professionals gaining an important foothold in the industry upon graduation.

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 over 50,000 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas.