An interior design professor at Winthrop University has won a national award recognizing female educators in the field of construction.
Fellow Winthrop faculty members nominated Jennifer Belk for the 2013 Carol A. Kueker Construction Education Visionary Award and she will be honored at a national conference in Washington in August.
Belk is one of 46 designers in South Carolina who are accredited as LEEDs professionals. Just seven of those professionals are educators in the state.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It’s an international program that certifies “green” buildings and environment responsibility.
Among those designers accredited by LEEDs in S.C., Belk has taught six of them in classes at Winthrop.
Belk is also a consultant on residential renovations, real estate staging and commercial up-fits.
At Winthrop, she’s involved with helping new students adapt to college and promotes community service through the school’s Center for Career and Civic Engagement.
The recent award will be given by the National Association of Women in Construction Education Foundation.
The organization is a support network for women holding various jobs in the construction industry. As of 2011, according to NAWIC’s website, women make up 9 percent of the construction industry in the United States.
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