National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Re-accreditation Cites Mesa College Interior Design Program as “Exemplary”

The San Diego Mesa College Interior Design Program recently received a five-year re-accreditation from the National Kitchen & Bath Association, or NKBA, the gold standard in the kitchen and bath industry.

The re-accreditation notice follows an on-site evaluation by team of educators and industry professionals conducted last fall. The teams report noted that the outcomes found in the programs construction systems, design, and kitchen and bath products domains ranked overall “exemplary.”

“The continuing endorsement from the NKBA speaks volumes to the caliber and quality of the interior design curriculum at Mesa College,” said Program Director Mimi Moore, ASID, CID, NCIDQ, NKBA.

NKBA will also honor Mesa College graduate, Donna Tran, who was selected as one of “30 Under 30” young industry professionals – carefully selected from hundreds of nominees. She will be recognized at the April 2013 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in New Orleans. The purpose of the newly launched program is to recognize young people who are the voice and next generation of kitchen and bath professionals. A 2009 graduate, Tran completed the programs required internship at Borrelli Design+Cabinetry, San Diego, and was later hired as a full time designer.

The NKBA currently recognizes 46 schools of higher education in North America for teaching approved kitchen and bath curriculum. Mesa College is the only college in San Diego County and one of only five in California to earn this distinction. The others are American River College in Sacraments, Cañada College and West Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area and Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California.

The title of NKBA Accreditation is especially valuable to students who wish to specialize in designing kitchens and baths. The NKBA Body of Knowledge is integrated throughout the Interior Design Curriculum. Our students who complete the A.S. Degree in Interior Design or the Certificate of Achievement in Interior Design and INTE 270/Work Experience (internship) in the Kitchen and Bath Industry meet all of the education requirements to sit for the Associate Kitchen and Bath Design (AKBD) exam. NKBAs mandatory requirement of two-years of work experience after graduation, as qualification to take the exam, is waived.

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About the National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since 1963. With nearly 28,000 members and growing, NKBA owns the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference (K/BIS). The mission of 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, please visit the NKBA Press Room at www.nkba.org/press or to become a member please call 800-THE-NKBA or visit www.nkba.org

About San Diego Mesa College

Among the largest community colleges in California and the nation, San Diego Mesa College is a fully accredited, two-year college offering 190 Associate Degree and certificate programs. The colleges excellent academic and career preparation programs cover a wide range of disciplines, making Mesa an important economic development catalyst and the number-one transfer institution in San Diego. Mesas premier programs include seven programs in allied health fields, fashion design, interior design, architecture, multimedia, hospitality and event management, animal health technology, American Sign Language, and interior design. Situated on a sprawling, 104-acre suburban campus in the geographic center of San Diego, the colleges small classes, outstanding faculty, and reputation for quality is well established regionally and statewide. Mesa College is the largest of three colleges in the San Diego Community College District, which also includes City College, Miramar College and San Diego Continuing Education. Visit www.sdmesa.edu.