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May 18, 2011

Gwinnett Tech Interiors Program Students Awarded for Excellence
Two Interiors Students Recognized for Outstanding Design Work


Two Gwinnett Technical College students were recently awarded for their exceptional work within the Interiors program.

Gwinnett Tech student Lauren Groont took first place honors at the recent Southeastern American Society of Interiors Design (ASID) Design Excellence Awards in the materials division. Groont's work was chosen from more than 60 entries from students attending primarily four-year colleges. She represented Gwinnett Tech as the only two-year college entry.

"The prestige of this award really speaks to the quality of training students receive at Gwinnett Tech and to the innovative work our students create. We are very proud of Lauren's accomplishment," said Susan Arnold, program director for Interiors at Gwinnett Tech.

Gwinnett Tech student Beth Radke was honored for her achievements as the Diane Coker Scholarship recipient. The scholarship recognizes outstanding students in the kitchen and bath design certificate program with a financial award.

Gwinnett Tech's kitchen and bath design certificate program launched in 2008, supported with strong mentoring from Coker, who is a Gwinnett Tech graduate. Radke, who holds a bachelor's degree in engineering, was among the first students to enroll, returning to college to pursue a passion in kitchen and bath design. Attending college part-time, Radke plans to graduate within the next year and prepare for her first level of certification as an Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

"Beth constantly works hard to achieve her goals both inside and outside the classroom. In these economic times, we are excited she was honored with this scholarship and we look forward to seeing achieve her dreams," said Arnold.

Gwinnett Tech's Interiors program offers an associate degree, diploma and certificate in interior design, as well as additional certificate options in painted and faux finishes and in kitchen and bath design. The kitchen and bath design certificate is supported by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

GTC offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit or call 770-962-7580.

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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, serves more than 21,000 students annually to meet the workforce training needs of the region. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech’s service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit

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