HACKETTSTOWN, NJ --TheNational Kitchen & Bath Association(NKBA) recently recognized kitchen and bath design students with the 2012 NKBA Outstanding Student Awards, while also presenting three NKBA-accredited colleges with the 2011 Excellence in Education Awards. The NKBA announced these prestigious honors during the Educators’ Forum at the NKBA’s 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Chicago, IL.

Three NKBA-accredited colleges were awarded the Excellence in Education Award by demonstrating the highest standards of kitchen and bath instruction. Each program submitted two student kitchen design projects, which were judged using the NKBA Planning Guidelines and NKBA Graphic and Presentation Standards. Each of these three schools awarded met the NKBA’s challenging goal of earning an average score of at least 93 out of a possible 100 on its two student designs.

The winning schools and their kitchen and bath design program coordinators are:

  • Arapahoe Community, Littleton, CO, Dawn Viola, CKD
  • Brevard Community College, Melbourne, FL, Ann Raccon, CKD
  • BYU- Idaho, Rexburg, ID, Wendy Harris, CKE


Additionally, the NKBA recognized the top kitchen and bath design students at NKBA-accredited colleges across North America by rewarding top students with a $100 scholarship. Schools with kitchen and bath design programs accredited by the NKBA each selected a student to honor this year.

The top design students are:

Ellen Peterson Alexandria Technical & Community College
Elizabeth Long  Arapahoe Community College
Jennifer Murray-Huffman Baker College of Clinton Township

Gayle McCaughin

Brevard Community College
Kimberly Fetzer Brigham Young University-Idaho
Kirsten Malone Canada College
Katherine (Kate) Roos Century College
Elizabeth A Mottashed College of DuPage
Sara Gerdes Harper College
Courtney Federspiel Lakeland College
Jamey Cunningham MSU-Gallatin College
Eric Poulsen San Diego Mesa College
Roberta Vincent Sullivan College of Technology & Design
Emily E Moore University of Nebraska & Kearney
Jessica Brown University of Southern Mississippi
Brittany Usiak Virginia Tech
Shalin Tucker Weber State University



NKBA accreditation is available to two- and four-year colleges, universities, and technical institutes throughout the United States and Canada with kitchen and bath degree or certificate programs that meet the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s standards. By becoming NKBA accredited, these schools show prospective students that they provide consistent, quality education in kitchen and bath design.

There are currently more than 60 schools that have either earned NKBA accreditation or have achieved the intermediate NKBA supported status. To determine eligibility, NKBA-accredited programs are evaluated with respect to mission, administration, curriculum, faculty, and resources in their ability to meet required student competencies.