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Lakeland named 2017 NKBA College of the Year

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) today recognized Lakeland College as the 2017 NKBA College of the Year for its interior design technology program.

“We’re thrilled to receive this honour from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. This accolade validates the quality program and education we deliver to our students. We give them the necessary tools to excel in industry. Congratulations to everyone who is involved in the success of this program,” says Dave King, dean of Lakeland’s School of Trades and Technology.

This is the first time Lakeland has received the award. Lakeland earned 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. 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,” says instructor Fiona McLeod, Lakeland’s NKBA program coordinator.

The accolades don’t stop there. Five Lakeland students 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.

Mandy Davediuk, a second year student, says everyone involved in Lakeland’s program is committed to doing excellent work.

“The instructors and the students put in so much work and effort and it’s clearly showing with these results. The students who come here want to work and learn and the instructors are so dedicated and helpful. It’s just an excellent program,” says Davediuk.

“It’s so exciting that Lakeland is the top (NKBA) school. This small program in Vermilion is producing amazing results,” she says.

Davediuk 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."

The winners will attend the NKBA Design Competition awards event in January 2018 in Orlando, Florida during the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. This prominent industry event will also recognize the NKBA professional designers who created the best kitchens and baths of the past year.

Photo: (Top) Interior design technology students and faculty were all smiles after learning Lakeland was named the 2017 NKBA College of the Year. (Bottom) First and second year students cheer on Lakeland’s award-winning results as they were unveiled during a webinar on Friday, Sept. 29.

September 29, 2017
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