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In September 2017, both students learned they were winners in the bathroom category of the 2016/2017 NKBA Student Design Competition sponsored by Waypoint Living Spaces. Kaspick placed second and received a $1,500 scholarship, and Gogowich placed third and received a $1,000 scholarship. Their wins extended Lakeland’s IDT winning streak in design competitions to 14 years.
“It was an amazing experience,” Kaspick says about the trip. “It was great to interact with industry professionals and view the tradeshow that showcased amazing talent. I also enjoyed the award show because they not only displayed the student award winners but the professional winners’ work. To see where we could go with our work was also a great opportunity.”
Gogowich echoed Kaspick’s comments about the NKBA event saying it was an honour to attend.
“I was shocked (last fall) to find out I was a finalist in one of the biggest design competitions in North America. I couldn't believe it. Then to find out I won third place was unbelievable,” Gogowich says.
Students were asked to design a kitchen and bathroom for a senior couple that had the all-inclusive approach to ageing-in-place. The competition attracted over 200 entries from 26 colleges and universities from across North America.
Both alumni praised Lakeland’s IDT program for keeping up with industry standards and encouraging student success.
“We could go to our instructors whenever we needed help. Our instructors were always there to encourage us. We never had a bad idea; instead, we grew from our ideas and work,” Gogowich says.
Kaspick, who is working in office design in Winnipeg, Man., says the program prepared her for all aspects of the industry.
“Everything we learned was universal, so we could go anywhere and do anything with it. Even though I never designed an office before, I can confidently pick up different aspects because I’m using modular pieces from school and applying them to my current work. For example, I understand space planning because of the quick time challenges we did,” Kaspick says.
Lakeland was recognized as the 2017 NKBA College of the Year for its interior design technology program, marking the first time Lakeland received the award. Lakeland’s IDT program also received the 2017 Excellence in Education award.