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Booming Home Renos Sparks New Program

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Take a quick scroll through Pinterest, and it won't be a surprise that kitchen and bath design is trending in 2021. The ongoing pandemic has affected countless facets of everyday life, especially how much time people spend at home. With home renovations on the rise, Waukesha County Technical College has announced a relevant new degree program focusing on kitchen and bath design.

Students in the Interior Design - Kitchen and Bath Design program will learn to create aesthetically pleasing, environmentally focused kitchen and bath spaces. Through hands-on projects, students build expertise in cabinetry, fixtures, appliances, and electrical and plumbing solutions. They will also learn to work with architects and builders, specifying materials and producing floor and lighting plans.

WCTC is proud to be a National Kitchen and Bath Association (NBKA) Affiliated School, and one of only two schools in the Wisconsin Technical College System to offer this specialized degree. Like all WCTC programs, the new Kitchen and Bath program was built with guidance from an advisory committee, a team of industry professionals who help ensure that program curriculum reflects employer expectations and current industry standards.

Denise Merbeth is an independent kitchen and bath designer and an active member of both WCTC's advisory committee and the NKBA's Wisconsin/Upper Michigan Chapter Council. "The industry is currently strong, as homeowners are choosing to invest in their homes. They see the benefits of hiring professionals to assist in designing these important spaces," said Merbeth. "The industry is also rapidly evolving with new design trends, products and technology, and it is exciting to see what's next!"

The new program builds on the College's tradition of offering a top-notch interior design program since 1996. Students can combine the new and existing programs to earn two in-demand associate degrees in just three years. Learn more at


By Chelsey Porth, Writer/Marketing Specialist