July 24, 2020

When alum Cindy Biebl found Century College, she had already worked for twenty years in the field of Dermatology, and was ready for career change.  Since childhood, she been been interested in and loved Interior Design, so she decided to take the risk and enter the field. 

While searching the National Kitchen and Bath Association-approved (NKBA) website, she found Century College’.  She soon applied and was accepted into the College’s Kitchen and Bath Design program.  As an adult learner, it was a little intimidating at first, but she found that she wasn’t alone.  Many of her classmates had had previous careers in other fields as well. 

A Perfect Program for Working Adults

For Cindy, the program was perfect because half of the learning is online.  Living in the Southwest Twin Cities metro, the combination of working online and attending classes a couple of days a week was a good fit.  “I loved the clarity of the online assignments, which were easy to track–and I liked classroom atmosphere, too,” Cindy notes. “Margaret Krohn, Kitchen and Bath Design Department Chair, was so encouraging and helpful regarding the assignments.  I was working half-time, and going to school part-time, so keeping up with the assignments was important.”

Supportive Academic Environment

“Margaret was always so positive and encouraging.  She gave me good feedback when I was online.  She’s very involved with all her students,” Cindy says. “And Margaret always helps students with internships. She’s well connected in the Kitchen and Bath design industry, and knows many, many business owners, who contact her whenever jobs open up.  Her former students contact her about new jobs, too.  She also organized field trips to local businesses such as Cambria Countertops and Crystal Cabinets, so that we could talk to the owners about the business side of the industry, and learn more about the profession.”

Advice for New Students

Cindy offers the following advice for students who are considering Century College’s Kitchen and Bath Design program:  “If they don’t have to work, and they can dedicate all their time to the program, I would recommend that.  The program is heavy duty, and the class projects can take a lot of hours, so stay on top of things.  Don’t procrastinate!” 

She knows what she’s talking about.  She excelled in her studies, and was named a 2020 Outstanding Student in the Kitchen and Bath Design program.  She graduated last spring, debt-free, and is currently working part-time.  Her goal is to work for a reputable new construction or remodel company. 

“I’m very happy with my experience.  Century College is a great place to go.” Cindy adds.


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