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Interior Design Students Earn Statewide Honors

January 29, 2013, Melbourne, FL - Two BCC Interior Design students, Jan Reed and Victoria Bellucci, won first and second place, respectively, in the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s Statewide Design Competition.

Reed earned an all-expenses paid trip to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Convention in New Orleans in April, and Bellucci was presented with a trophy and a $500 cash award.

“This is an exciting accomplishment for both our students and our BCC Interior Design Program,” said BCC President, Dr. Jim Richey. “Recognition of this caliber — from peers, faculty and industry leaders — may lead to internship opportunities and jobs for our graduates.”

Design Award winners
BCC students Victoria Bellucci, on the left, and Jan Reed both won awards in a recent statewide kitchen and bath design competition.

The 2012-2013 Design Competition challenged students to design a kitchen and bath from an architect’s plan using the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s Planning Guidelines with Access Standards. The task was to renovate the basement of a Midwest suburban raised ranch home and convert it into a downstairs apartment for the client’s 74-year-old mother who uses a walker.

“The project was challenging, but a lot of fun,” said winner, Jan Reed. “It was a great opportunity to put my education to work in a real-life way.  All you had to do was imagine yourself in the client’s shoes and how you would want your own parent to be treated. Then you go to work using creativity as your guide.”

The BCC Interior Design Program is accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Established in 1963, the NKBA is a non-profit trade association that promotes the professionalism of the kitchen and bath industry — a more than $265 billion specialized industry.

BCC’s program is recognized as a provider of professionals trained according to NKBA Standards and Guidelines. BCC Interior Design graduates are uniquely qualified for NKBA certification examinations and employment in the kitchen and bath industry.

BCC offers more than 100 two-year degree and certificate programs and will start offering four-year bachelor degrees in Fall Term 2013 after becoming Eastern Florida State College on July 1.