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Interior Design Students Spend Time with Pros

Prior to most interior design exhibitions, students are very busy putting the final touches on their latest and greatest design concepts. The students at one college were treated to an enriching opportunity before their own showcase, however. Delta College students spent some time before their upcoming show with the professionals who might offer the most insight. – The San Joaquin County Home and Garden Show opens today, but for one group of designers, the best day of the event might have been Thursday.

That’s when the artists, students in Delta College’s interior design program, rubbed elbows with professionals as they set up the living room they designed for the show that runs through Sunday at the Janssen-Lagoria Pavilion, near Spanos Center, on the University of the Pacific campus.

“Thursday is a great day, when designers have more time to talk to the students,” said their teacher, Carie Lokers. “Once the show begins, that’s their time to sell their services, to make connections with potential customers. Last year we had plenty of students setting up our room, and one of them didn’t have anything to do. She started helping a designer as she laid out her room. She was able to ask why she’d done what she’d done, how she’d done it, what her mindset was, her thought pattern. It was an invaluable lesson. And, she’d made a possible connection with someone who may be able to help her in the future.”

Showing what they’ve learned, working together to create a room – thanks to the generous loan of furniture from Lodi’s Thornton House Furnishings – and meeting professionals who hold jobs they aspire to have makes the home and garden show an invaluable teaching tool for the Delta students.

“It was difficult at first for students not used to working in a team environment,” Lokers said. “Some…read more at

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