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Date: May 12, 2009
Media Contacts: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022

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Montgomery College Interior Design Program Accredited By NKBA
Program Meets Educational Standards of National Kitchen and Bath Association

Montgomery College’s interior design program recently received accreditation by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

NKBA Accreditation ensures consistent, quality education for students who want to become kitchen and bathroom design professionals and helps serve the professional needs of the industry. Montgomery College is one of 40 schools in North America whose kitchen and bath curriculum meets the educational standards of the NKBA.

Montgomery College earned NKBA Accreditation by demonstrating that it meets the requirements that NKBA considers essential for quality education. Each student in the Montgomery College program must complete classroom work and internships monitored by the College, which enhances and extends the classroom experiences and ensures that the students meet the NKBA’s required student competencies. As an accredited NKBA program, Montgomery College has an NKBA certified faculty member. The program will be reevaluated every five years.

NKBA accreditation standards were created to ensure students who complete the program will have the knowledge and skills necessary for competent practice in the profession. The standards are divided into four categories: planning and design, construction/mechanical systems, business management and products/materials. Each school seeking accreditation must adequately meet stringent NKBA standards in each of these areas.

Montgomery College submitted a self-study of its program and an analysis of competencies. NKBA conducted an onsite evaluation with an observation of classrooms, a curriculum review meeting with faculty, a presentation of student projects and interviews with students, faculty and administration. Montgomery College and other NKBA schools all have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or a provincial ministry of education in Canada.

Through Montgomery College’s interior design program, students can earn an associate of arts (A.A.), associate of applied science (A.A.S.) or a certificate. The NKBA awarded accreditation to the College’s A.A.S. degree, which features a specific track in kitchen and bathroom design. The NKBA track requires that students maintain a grade of B or better in all interior design classes. Upon graduation from the program, students will be able to immediately test for the NKBA Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) certification exam. Without the associate’s degree, designers must work for two years in the industry and complete NKBA continuing education classes before becoming eligible to test for the NKBA AKBD exam.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) is a nonprofit trade association that owns the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show and Conference. With more than 40,000 members, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for 45 years. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry.

For more information about the NKBA, visit http://www.nkba.org/ or call 1-800-THE-NKBA.

For more information about Montgomery College and its interior design program, visit http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

 

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