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Lean Six Sigma Training and Certification Programs

Are you interested in gaining global competitiveness by eliminating wasteful activities, operating  more efficiently and saving costs?

Lean Six Sigma Training and Programs with Kent State University

Organizations such as Colgate Palmolive, Greif Inc., Coca-Cola, Parker Hannifin and University Hospitals have succeeded in operational excellence by investing in Kent State University's Lean Six Sigma Training and Certification.

Why Choose Kent State University?

What is Kent State's approach to continuous improvement? Kent State weaves Lean, Six Sigma, Team-Oriented Problem Solving and Theory of Constraints, into a seamless certification. A survey of Kent State Lean Six Sigma Black Belts conducted in Spring 2009 demonstrated that an organization sponsoring a Kent State Black Belt trainee averaged a 28-to-1 return on its training investment with just the first class project! By investing in Kent State's Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training and certification, you are investing in future wealth and prosperity for your organization.

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Kent State University Lean Six Sigma Training
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Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training and Certification

Facilitator: John Novak

Kent State weaves Lean, Six Sigma and Team-Oriented Problem Solving into a seamless certification that can help you achieve substantial process improvements in your organization.

Kent State's continuous improvement curriculum is structured to allow students and employers maximum flexibility in obtaining the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification. The Green Belt program is held one week each month for two months (80 contact hours, 8 ceus).

Purpose:

  • Create an effective continuous improvement change agent
  • Train participants in the skills required to guide their organization to performance excellence
  • Certify skilled practitioners in Lean and Six Sigma tools and methods

Week One

  • Introduction to Lean thinking
  • Basics of Six Sigma methods and quality
  • Using DMAIC (Six Sigma methods) to understand cause and effects relationships
  • Team building (TOPS method)
  • Identification of high value projects
  • Introduction to Minitab and Quality Companion software
  • Understanding measurement system analysis
  • Process capability
  • Six Sigma project simulation (helicopter)

Week Two

  • Student project reviews
  • Application of Lean methods (flow, 5S, Visual Management and SMED)
  • Using Kappa studies to determine attributes agreement
  • Creating change through the use of appropriate performance metrics
  • Using statistical methods for process control
  • Using Kaizen tactics for rapid project breakthroughs
  • Sustaining the gains
  • Project simulation (catapult)

Project

For Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification, each student must complete an individual project, which will contribute significant results to his/her sponsoring organization.

Minitab/Laptop

To maximize the benefit of attending Lean Six Sigma training and to realize return on investment for future Lean Six Sigma projects, Kent State requires that each participant brings a laptop that has Minitab v17.0 statistical software and Quality Companion v3 software loaded to each day of training. Kent State provides you the opportunity to purchase Minitab v17.0 and Quality Companion for an additional fee.

Times available:

  • Week One: April 20 - 24, 2015 and Week Two: May 18 - 22, 2015, Twinsburg - $3,750
  • Week One: October 19 - 23, 2015 and Week Two: November 16 - 20, 2015, North Canton - $3,750

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Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification - General Version

Facilitator: Robert D. Skillman, Principal Lean Six Sigma Facilitator

Kent State weaves Lean, Six Sigma, Team-Oriented Problem Solving and Theory of Constraints into a seamless certification that can help you achieve substantial process improvements in your organization.

Kent State's operational excellence curriculum is structured to allow students and employers maximum flexibility in obtaining the Black Belt certification. The curriculum follows a four-week approach with the class meeting one week each month for four months (160 contact hours; Kent State's Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification also requires the completion and approval of an independent project).

Purpose:

  • Create an effective continuous improvement change agent
  • Lead cross-functional teams across your organization and execute strategic process improvement projects
  • Train participants in the skills required to guide their organization to gains in productivity and qualify
  • Certify skilled practitioners in more advanced Lean and Six Sigma tools and methods

Week One

  • Project identification
  • Team building
  • Introduction to Lean thinking
  • Six Sigma methods and quality
  • Basic Minitab measurement system analysis
  • Process Capability
  • Six Sigma project simulation (helicopter)

Week Two

  • Student project reviews
  • Lean tools
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Comparative analysis
  • Tests for data stability and normality
  • Catapult simulation

Week Three

  • Student project reviews
  • Advanced Lean methods
  • Regression and correlation
  • Quick changeovers (SMED)
  • Airplane simulation

Week Four

  • Student project reviews
  • Advanced statistical tools
  • Design of experiments
  • Team dynamics
  • Putting it all together to achieve wealth and prosperity for any organization

Project

For Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification, each student must complete an individual project, which will contribute significant results to his/her sponsoring organization.

Minitab/Laptop

To maximize the benefit of attending Lean Six Sigma training and to realize return on investment for future Lean Six Sigma projects, Kent State requires that each participant brings a laptop that has Minitab v17.0 or higher statistical software and Quality Companion v3 software loaded to each day of training. Kent State provides you the opportunity to purchase Minitab v17.0 and Quality Companion for an additional fee.

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Times available:

  • March 9 - 13, 2015
    April 13 - 17, 2015
    May 11 - 15,2015
    June 22 – 26, 2015, North Canton - $6,950
  • Sept. 14 - 18, 2015
    Oct. 12 - 16, 2015
    Nov. 9-13,2015
    Dec. 7-11, 2015, North Canton - $6,950

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Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification - Health Care and Service Concentration

Facilitator: Stephen Skillman, Associate Lean Six Sigma Facilitator

Lean and Six Sigma tools and methodologies have helped to increase quality and improve efficiencies when applied to assembly lines since the 1980s. Now, steeped in the traditions of the great quality initiates, continuous improvement practitioners are finding exciting new applications for these tools and concepts in the healthcare, transactional and service industries.

Attend the Kent State Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification - Healthcare and Service Concentration. You will learn how to apply the tools to increase your efficiency while maintaining a high level of quality to deliver services and value to your internal and external customers. The end result is fewer non-value added processes and time-consuming mistakes, with contented customer who receive superior service, leading to increased productivity and profitability.

Kent State's process improvement curriculum is structured to allow students and employers maximum flexibility in obtaining the Black Belt certification. The curriculum follows a four-week approach with the class meeting one week each month for four months (160 contact hours; Kent State's Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification also requires the completion and approval of an independent project).

Project

Each participant of Kent State's Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification is required to complete a project using the methods learned, which will contribute significant results to the sponsoring organization.

Purpose:

  • Create an effective continuous improvement change agent
  • Lead cross-functional teams across your organization and execute strategic process improvement projects
  • Train participants in the skills required to guide their organization to gains in productivity and qualify
  • Certify skilled practitioners in more advanced Lean and Six Sigma tools and methods

Week One

  • Project identification
  • Team building
  • Introduction to Lean thinking
  • Six Sigma methods and quality
  • Basic Minitab measurement system analysis
  • Process Capability
  • Six Sigma project simulation (helicopter)

Week Two

  • Student project reviews
  • Lean tools
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Comparative analysis
  • Tests for data stability and normality
  • Catapult simulation

Week Three

  • Student project reviews
  • Advanced Lean methods
  • Regression and correlation
  • Quick changeovers (SMED)
  • Airplane simulation

Week Four

  • Student project reviews
  • Advanced statistical tools
  • Design of experiments
  • Team dynamics
  • Putting it all together to achieve wealth and prosperity for any organization

Organizations in the healthcare and service-based industries, as well as in higher education, will reap significant benefits from employees attending this program.

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Times available:

  • March 2 - 6, 2015
    April 6 - 10, 2015
    May 4 - 8, 2015
    June 8 - 12, 2015, Twinsburg - $6,950

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Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Training and Certification

Facilitator: Robert D. Skillman, Principal Lean Six Sigma Facilitator

Black Belts are the elite problem solvers for organizations. The Master Black Belt designation is the highest order of this respected practice. Master Black Belts are generally full-time agents for continuous improvement, facilitators, teachers and journeyman practitioners of Lean and Six Sigma. They are efficient and effective in team facilitation and leadership. The Master Black Belt is a teacher (Sensi), communicator, and motivator. The Master Black Belt must work equally well with senior leadership and the workers in order to achieve operational excellence.

Kent State's Master Black Belt Certification is two weeks in length, offered one week each month for two months. The purpose of the program is to further develop already successful and practicing Black Belts. The primary tools of Lean Six Sigma will  be reviewed prior to moving to more advanced tools regarding statistical methods and Lean deployment. Participants will be further trained in project selection and filtering. Whether you are in the business of manufacturing, health care, service or transactional, the addition of a TOPS, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt puts you in the elite and global regions of business transformation. It is necessary that the participant have earned a Kent State University Black Belt certification as a prerequisite or be admitted upon approval of the instructor.

Week One:

  • Lean, Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints Strategy and Tactics
  • Lean Thinking Review
  • Six Sigma Review
  • Linking Team Oriented Problem Solving, Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six Sigma
  • How to Think About Data
  • MSA
  • Capability
  • Predictive Modeling
  • Team Facilitation

Week Two:

  • Design for Six Sigma
  • Team Dynamics
  • Control Plans
  • Advanced Minitab
  • Creating Power Users and Data Analysis
  • Leadership Skills for Master Black Belts
  • Using Design of Experiments to Generate Significant Process Improvements
  • Sustaining the Gains

Times available:

  • April 20 – 24, 2015 and
    May 18 - 22, 2015, Twinsburg - $4975
  • October 5 - 9, 2015 and
    November 2 - 6, 2015, North Canton - $4975

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Champions Training

Facilitator: John Potkalitsky

Program also facilitated by John Novak and Stephen Skillman

You will learn to become an effective Champion and/or Team Leader so that you can effectively support your continuous improvement initiatives. Understand the evolution of the continuous improvement approaches and how the various tools and techniques fit together. Learn the roles of the Champion, Team Leader, Facilitator, Steering Committee and all team members. Gain knowledge of the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control (DMAIC) rigor. Identify and determine applications for Lean, Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints tools, analysis and problem solving techniques. Explore how you will build a culture of continuous improvement in your organization.

Times available:

  • Thursday, April 30, 2015; 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    , North Canton - $295

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