Summer Sterling, a student in Bellevue College’s Interior Design program, has won the International Interior Design Association’s Northern Pacific Chapter Student Essay Competition. Titled “Doing the Right Thing…and Passing It On,” her essay discusses the importance of creating sustainable designs. The essay is posted on Bellevue College’s website: http://bellevuecollege.edu/interiordesign/wp-content/uploads/IIDA-Leaders-Breakfast-Essay.pdf.
Sterling, who holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, originally worked in state politics and K-12 education in California. To launch her second career, she is pursuing a four-year degree in Interior Design, and expects to graduate from Bellevue College this June. Sterling was a committee chair for the recent reaccreditation of the program, and currently serves as president of the IIDA Puget Sound Campus Center.
Bellevue College’s Interior Design program is one of only three in Washington state to earn accreditation. Serving approximately 500 students each year, the program awards certificates, associate degrees and, since 2010, has offered a bachelor’s degree program that graduated its second class last year.