By Jason Gastrich
LBCC’s interior design program is one of three discontinued programs that will not be redesigned when the Spring 2013 semester ends.
Aviation maintenance and auto-body also will not be redesigned.
Luis Garcia, 20, an interior design student who is very unhappy about the decision, said, “The few classes that I have taken have taught me a lot and have increased the passion I have for this career. I will miss everything, including my education.”
Garcia continued, “I just started last semester and to be honest I fell in love with this campus and the program. I have to travel from South LA just to take classes at LBCC. This shows how big the interest in this program is for me.”
Michele Garcia, 36, interior design major, the interior design club president, said, “We feel like our appeal with the president and the Board have fallen on deaf ears.”
Christine Sanburg, 64, an interior design major, is one of the students who will be directly affected by the cuts. “I will have to take more classes this semester than I had planned. I’ll also need to take Summer classes now at either Santa Monica College, Mt. San Antonio College or Fullerton College to complete my certificate of achievement in interior design.”
This semester, nine interior design classes worth 1 to 4 units, such as fundamentals of lighting, residential furnishings and advanced computer aided drafting (CAD) for interior design are being offered. Approximately 250 students are enrolled in the courses and about 50 of those students are interior design majors.
One feature of LBCC’s interior design program is the Introduction to LEED class. LEED stands for Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design. Every LEED building needs a LEED consultant, so this preparatory course and the exam (which is free because of a teacher’s industry connection) are important to students. All municipal buildings in the city and state are LEED certified.
Another feature of the program is the introduction to green design course where students learn about the impact of buildings on resources. While discovering environmentally responsible and sound methods of building, the class has welcomed guest speakers and taken field trips to facilitate the learning experience.
Jessica Geluz, 27, an interior design major, was hoping to earn an Associate’s of Arts degree in interior design. She said, “I think what I will miss most is that feeling I get when I walk into class excited about learning. I love being with people who are as creative and wide-eyed as I am. I will miss that sense of camaraderie we have built and having instructors who are by our side.”
Interior design professor Juliana Edlund declined to comment without reason. LEED teacher Laura Verbryck also declined to comment.