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Meet Whitney Hendrickson, Interior Design Student of the Week

WhitneyHendrickson160x200As a nurse, Whitney Hendrickson could easily spot the problems and missteps in the design and layout of the hospitals and clinics she worked in.

Now, as an interior designer specializing in health-care interiors, she gets the chance to combine her passion for pediatric nursing and interest in health-care planning and design into a blended career.

“As a nurse, I could see the effects of the built environment on the patients and staff,” she says, “and I wanted to be able to translate the specific needs of the users to the architectural team. Depending on the hospital leadership, decisions on how spaces are used can be made unilaterally without asking the right people who work on the inside, and I want to help change that.”

Whitney earned an advanced technical certificate in Interior Design from El Centro College.

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Are You Creative? Interior Design May be Good Career Move

Do you often have new ideas about how to decorate or improve your home or office? Build on that interest and design yourself a new career. DCCCD’s Interior Design program, offered at El Centro College, can give you the skills you’ll need to succeed in this field.

What exactly is interior design? Simply put, it’s the trade of planning the layout and furnishings of an architectural interior. More than just decorators, designers draw from a number of disciplines — including architecture, product design and environmental psychology — to plan both the functionality and look of almost every type of building.

Interior designers plan the spaces of almost every type of building, including:

  • Airport terminals
  • Corporate spaces
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Private residences
  • Public buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Schools
  • Shopping malls
  • Theaters

Drawing upon architecture, product design and aesthetics, interior designers must understand how to work with architectural detailing, floor plans, construction codes and remodeling and renovation.

Learn more about careers in interior design.

Degrees and Certificates We Offer

We offer a two-year associate degree, with a 27-hour advanced technical certificate for a comprehensive three-year training program that will prepare you to enter the fast-paced career of interior design. Your training will prepare you to work as a design assistant with the potential to realize full professional status and independent practice.

Check out Interior Design course listings in our catalog.

How to Get Started

To get started in the Interior Design program, complete the admissions process at El Centro College. When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Interior Design program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take.

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If you have questions about the Interior Design program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.

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Student Success Story: Alex Gonzalez

Alex Gonzalez is a creative person. That’s part of what attracted him to DCCCD’s Interior Design program.

“I love the creative process and the ability to come up with a design that makes a space look beautiful,” he says. “But it’s not just about being beautiful — you want a space’s function to enhance the lives of the people who live or work in it. A great room makes you feel good, more comfortable about yourself. You should have a space that reduces your stress.”

Gonzalez quickly found a job in the interior design field.

“I love the design process, how you have to come up with ideas and think them through to create livable spaces.

“From my design classes at El Centro, I personally feel more confident in my ability to do research — if I don’t know something, I can guide myself to find it. They really focus on the way you present yourself and how you interact professionally. They’re serious that you need to project a professional image.”

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Briefly … Student Achievements

Brookhaven Volunteers Pack Tons of Food for Needy Families

Brookhaven College student government members and the Lady Bears volleyball team were among those helping pack almost six tons of food for the North Texas Food Bank. More than 60 people, including Brookhaven employees and other students, unpacked pallets and repacked 13,103 pounds of food for area families on Oct. 15. All told, the volunteers prepared 10,235 meals. The All-College Service Committee planned the activity.

El Centro Art Students Welded to Work at State Fair

Stroll through Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park in Dallas and you’ll see metal sculptures such as whimsical flowers, lily pads, coppery cogs and even a childlike crescent moon. They are the work of students Lauren Diane Van Buren, Sarah Bullock and Ismael Bukhari and their instructors from the Welding Technology program at DCCCD. The sculptures were installed during the State Fair of Texas in October. The welding program is taught at the Bill J. Priest campus of El Centro College.

Students’ Art Part of Outdoor Installation at Mountain View

Students from Mountain View and Brookhaven colleges will participate in the fourth annual outdoor art installation titled “Outside a White Cube IV.” Look for the artwork in the Kiva Courtyard area at Mountain View College through Dec. 2.

Eastfield Service-Learning Is Cleaning Up Mesquite

In partnership with Keep Mesquite Beautiful, more than 50 Service-Learning students at Eastfield College helped clean up City Lake Park and the Eastfield campus itself. The Eastfield College Office of Student Life and the Service-Learning program organized the event.

Richland College Videos Screened at Dallas Video Fest

Richland College students screened their videos at the Dallas Video Fest, and one student’s video won a prize. Richland Collegiate High School student Adelina Santos and Richland College students Adam Wesley George, Dacota Taylor, Sangmin Lee, Jonathan McCarthy, Zack Polk and Ladislao Ponce screened videos at the festival, held in September. Sangmin Lee’s video, “Waffle House,” won in the Stories of Dallas category. The videos were the brainchild of Colette Copeland, Richland College adjunct digital media instructor, who assigned students to create a 30-second video public service announcement, “Turn Off Your Cell Phones.”

North Lake College Journalism Students Win Big

The News-Register (North Lake College campus newspaper) and Duck Soup (North Lake College magazine of creative expression) won a total of 21 awards at the Texas Community College Journalism Association Convention on Oct. 14. The News-Register staff won for editorial, website, cartoon, general excellence, column, layout and design, picture page/panel, in-depth/investigative, feature writing, sports news, sports action photo, news photo and feature photo. The Duck Soup staff won for non-journalism story, non-photographic illustration, cover design, and layout and design.

El Centro College Interior Design Grads Aid Needy Families

On Oct. 25, two El Centro College Interior Design graduates were featured on CBS 11 News in a report about community support for families needing quality shelter during times of distress. The graduates, Kim Turner of KT Designs (who serves on the El Centro College Interior Design Advisory Board) and Lisa Robison, are the creators of Dwell with Dignity, a program that offers free and low-rent apartments that are decorated by Turner and Robison with items donated from design and furnishing companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Eastfield College Has 14 STEM Scholars

Eastfield College has 14 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholars this year. There are four STEM Scholars returning from last year: Mohamed Benkhaya, Cassandra Hardin, Laura Hill and Lorin Jackson. There are 10 new STEM Scholars: Luis Bribiesca, Robert Castro, Tragan Knight, Juan Martinez, Blesson Mathew, Ampelio Mendez, Andrew Parrill, Jeramy Tuggle, Daniel Longley and Michael Friedman.

El Centro College Students Serve Up Healthy Food at State Fair

El Centro College culinary arts students participated in live cooking demonstrations at “Mundo Latino, Celebration of Cultures,” the Latino exhibit at the State Fair of Texas. Students who cooked up healthy foods at the fair are Andres Dominques, Rosy Teller and Santacruz Oralia.

Culinary Students at El Centro College Earn Scholarships

Three El Centro College culinary students have been awarded the DCCCD Foundation Les Dames d’Escoffier Scholarship. Students Eliza Texiera, Emily Green and Megan Tiemieir are recipients of the scholarship, funded by Les Dames d’ Escoffier Dallas, which supports and celebrates women in the culinary field.

Richland College Students Travel to Las Vegas for Forum

Richland College Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management students Mark Stinson and Michael Thomas participated in the Future Leaders Forum at the Incentive, Meetings and Events eXpo (IMEX) America Conference in Las Vegas, Oct. 11-13. The students networked with other students and with experts from around the world as they learned more about the industry.

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