Interior Design Program Receives Reaccreditation from NKBA
By Brian Kleemann
The Interior Design program at College of DuPage has received seven-year reaccreditation from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) for the Kitchen and Bath Design certificate.
When the NKBA initially granted endorsement status to the program, College of DuPage was one of only two colleges in Illinois to offer a Kitchen and Bath Design certificate accredited by NKBA. The seven-year maximum reaccreditation reflects upon the high quality of COD’s program, said Jane Kielb, Coordinator and Assistant Professor of COD’s Interior Design program.
“Most professionals working within the kitchen and bath industry are affiliated with NKBA,” she said. “The reaccreditation means that students finishing our certificate program are well-educated to work on all phases of kitchen and bath projects.”
Kielb spent two years looking at the existing program to find ways to make it even stronger. Feedback from the NKBA site visit also provided suggestions to incorporate into the program.
“Going through an accreditation is a good thing because it makes us look at what we do with a critical eye,” she said. “We worked like crazy. As a result, we improved how we approached items such as outcomes and assessments.”
The Kitchen and Bath Design certificate program prepares students with design and business skills necessary to work in the industry. The certificate requires a minimum of 41 credits, and NKBA exam candidates need a 2 credit internship.
In addition to the Kitchen and Bath certificate, the Interior Design program offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Interior Design and certificates in Computer Applications, Lighting, and Sustainable Interior Design. An advisory board of industry professionals ensures the curriculum remains current with emerging trends, industry safety and building codes, and in-demand job skills while providing professional and networking opportunities in the design industry.
“We provide all of our students with knowledge that starts with beginning drafting and goes all the way up to client resolution,” Kielb said. “The NKBA reaccreditation shows potential employers that our students cover all of the information and that our program is relevant and up-to-date.”
For information about the Interior Design program, visit www.cod.edu/programs/interior_design.
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