Interior Design students Matt Keane and Latonya Phillips represented Tidewater Community College as mentors in this year’s Mid-Atlantic Home & Garden Show design challenge.

Four applicants from the community were selected to participate in the challenge and paired with a professional mentor. The design teams had eight hours to design their rooms–everything from painting their walls to assembling their furniture.

Events like this give students real-life experience and networking opportunities that they can carry with them in their careers.