The interior design program at Joliet Junior College is among a select number of schools recognized by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).
JJC earned one of six Excellence in Education honors out of nearly 300 entries. A single school received College of the Year for its submission. This year’s assignment was to present a kitchen or bath design for a Habitat for Humanity home.
“Each NKBA project is an opportunity for students to grow and succeed,” said Interior Design Professor Oksana Alfredson. “The Habitat for Humanity home project was an extremely challenging one since it had a very small and rigid budget. Although not a favorite limitation for creative individuals, this was a first step towards the real life task for future graduates.”
JJC’s interior design program, which is accredited by the NKBA, each year submits two student samples for review by the association. This year’s projects were that of Jenny Weidenaar and Tyler Rodgers.
The two also submitted their work into NKBA’s separate Student Design Competition, along with other JJC students. Entries for this competition are voluntary, and scored differently than the excellence submissions. NKBA scored Weidenaar and Tyler Rodgers at 94 and 96.5, respectively, out of 100.
Students enrolled in JJC’s interior design program are introduced to broad-based educational curriculum in preparation for work in residential or contract design. The program provides the necessary academic foundation for students to continue beyond the associate degree level. Learn more at the program’s website.
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