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HCC Central Students Win BIG at Interior Design Competition


PHOTO CAPTION: HCC interior design students win big at 2012 ASID Design Awards: Student winners (from l to r) Rima Nasr, June Cuming, Jessica Pearsall and Virginia Villalobos.

Houston Community College Central’s interior design students received nearly all of the student-design awards at the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Texas Gulf Coast Chapter’s 2012 Design Awards gala.

HCC’s interior design students took top honors in seven out of eight possible categories at the Oct. 13 gala, the most ever for the college, and one of the strongest showings by any college interior design program at an ASID event.

“We are thrilled by having the ASID award so many of our students,” says Shasta Swift, Program Coordinator of Interior Design, HCC Central. “When you come to HCC, you get what four-year college interior design programs offer. And when you leave, you have skills the industry requires and expects.”

HCC students competed against and surpassed interior design students from The Art Institute, Stephen F. Austin State University, Sam Houston State University, Lone Star College and San Jacinto College.

HCC students’ technical abilities, quality of renderings, presentations and knowledge of materials set them far apart from their peers, Swift says.

ASID’s Texas Gulf Coast Chapter annually celebrates outstanding design in such categories as commercial design, residential design, healthcare and remodeling. For each professional category, there is also a student category.

HCC’s interior design student winners are:

Jessica Pearsall, Winner, Student Commercial Design

Jessica Pearsall, Winner, Student Residential Design

June Cuming, Winner, Student Bathroom

Rima Nasr, Winner, Student Model Vacation Home

Virginia Villalobos, Winner, Student Commercial Retail

Virginia Villalobos, Winner, Student Residential Vacation Home

Virginia Villalobos, Winner, Student Commercial Under 7,000 sq. ft.

Kevin Hamby, an interior design faculty member at HCC Central, also won five design awards for his work with Kirksey Architecture.

HCC Central offers interior design through its Lifestyle Arts & Design division. The college offers a 72-credit-hour Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, as well as certificates and Marketable Skills Awards (MSA) in Interior Decorating and Interior Design Visualization.

Graduates of the program are employed in a wide variety of design-related positions, including designers for home-furnishings stores, interior design studios, model homes, trade showrooms and much more. The program has a 100% placement rate for its graduates, Swift says.

To enroll or for more information about HCC Central’s interior design program, please contact Shasta Swift, Project Coordinator, at 713.718.6038 or via email at Shasta.swift@hccs.edu

About HCC
HCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the greater Houston area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society. To learn more go to hccs.edu.

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