HACKETTSTOWN, NJ -- The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recently recognized kitchen and bath design students with the 2010 NKBA Outstanding Student Awards, while also presenting eight NKBA-accredited colleges with the 2010 Excellence in Education Awards. The NKBA presented these prestigious honors during the Educators’ Forum at the NKBA’s 2010 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Chicago.
Eight 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 schools 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:
Alexandria Tech
Alexandria, MN
Betty Ravnik, CMKBD
Brigham Young University–Idaho
Rexburg, ID
Wendy Harris, CKE, ASID
Johnson County Community College
Overland Park, KS
Jan Cummings
Lone Star College – Kingwood
Kingwood, TX
Susan Ouren
Lord Fairfax Community College
Middletown, VA
Jeanne Nolan
University of Georgia
Athens, GA
Jaya Rose
University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS
Claire L. Hamilton
Weber State University
Ogden, UT
Jan Slabaugh

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. More than 30 schools with kitchen and bath design programs accredited by the NKBA each selected a student to honor this year. The top design students are:

Alexandria Technical College
Emily Lutgen
Arapahoe Community College
Paula Ricca
Baker College of Auburn Hills
Alison Palmer
Baker College of Clinton Township
Stacey Burnick
Brigham Young University - Idaho
Caley Park
Canada College
Alia Akylbekova
Century College
Kathy L. Lange
College of DuPage
Anne Nadler
Dakota College
Rachel Tupy
Harper College
Hanne Michelsen
Indian River State College
Judy Bates
Indiana State University
Michael Walker
Lakeland College
Deanna Severin
Lansing Community College
Jaime Brink
Montana State University - Great Falls
Janet Van de Boogaart
Mt. San Antonio College
Margaret Suzanne Herra
Murray State University
Rachel Harbison
Portland Community College - Rock Creek
Stephanie Lujan
Portland Community College - Sylvania
Bettina Rasmussen
San Diego Mesa College
Beatrice Kemp
Seminole State College
Kristen Sellers
The Art institute of Philadelphia
Tine Mette McCarter
Triton College
Roxane Ellwanger
University of Georgia
Tiffany Ward
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Jenny M. Hamilton
University of North Alabama
Amanda Kennedy
University of Southern Mississippi
Deanna Hardy
Virginia Tech
Molly Holland
Weber State University
Rachel Buchanan
West Valley College
Angela Victoria Rasmussen

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 50 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 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, an extensive glossary of remodeling terms, and illustrations and explanations of planning guidelines. At the website, consumers can also find certified kitchen and bath professionals in their areas, submit questions to NKBA experts, and order the free NKBA Kitchen & Bath Workbook.

Source: National Kitchen & Bath Association, www.nkba.org

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