Center for Professional Growth to present Six Sigma and Process Improvement Series

The Center for Professional Growth at Pitt-Greensburg will present six courses about Six Sigma and Process Improvement from January 2011 through March 2011. Shankar Lakhavani, a senior consultant and Six Sigma Master Black Belt for L65 Quality Solutions LLC, is the instructor for the series. The classes will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hempfield Room (Chambers Hall) at Pitt-Greensburg. Visit www.greensburg.pitt.edu/about/cpg for details and to register.

The first class, “Eight Disciplines (8D) Problem Solving Method,” will be presented January 6 and 7, 2011. The 8D Problem Solving Method is a well-known, systematic, problem-solving methodology popularized by Ford Motor Company and adopted universally. Using the 8D problem-solving process, a team solves product and process problems by uncovering and eliminating the root causes of the problems. It is designed for professionals who need to understand the 8D problem-solving method, who may be assigned to an 8D problem-solving team, or who will lead an 8D problem-solving team. Registration is $595 ($476 when registered by December 5), and engineers will receive 16 continuing professional education credit hours.

The second class, “Process Mapping & Analysis,” will be presented January 8, 2011. This course provides a broad overview of Process Mapping within the context of a Continuous Process Improvement project to identify areas for improvement, data collection, and inspection to redesign the process. It was designed for anyone engaged as a team member or leading any process improvement team. Registration is $300 ($240 when registered by December 8), and engineers will receive eight continuing professional education credit hours.

The third class, “Quality Tools to Improve Process,” will be presented January 11 and 12, 2011. This course provides a broad overview of Lean Six Sigma fundamentals and tools, process mapping and value stream mapping, types of data and metrics, and basics of process improvement tools and methodologies. It was designed for managers or professionals who need to better understand the basics of quality, tools for quality improvement, and the cost of poor quality, and who need to learn to apply quality improvement precepts and tools to solve quality problems through a data-driven process in any market or industry. Registration is $595 ($476 when registered by December 11), and engineers will receive continuing professional education credit hours.

The fourth class, “Lean Six Sigma Executive Awareness,” will be presented February 17, 2011. This course provides a broad overview of Lean Six Sigma fundamentals and tools, the kinds of problems that can be solved using Lean Six Sigma, how to deploy Lean Six Sigma within the organization, project selection criteria, factors that help and hinder Lean Six Sigma deployment, critical roles of various personnel in Lean Six Sigma deployment, and how to sustain Lean Six Sigma within the organization. It was designed for key business C-level leaders, such as CEO, COO, CFO, CTO, and Vice Presidents. Registration is $495 ($396 if registered by January 17).

The fifth class, “Lean Six Sigma Introduction,” will be presented February 18 and 19, 2011. This course provides a broad overview of Lean and Six Sigma fundamentals and tools. It was designed for anyone engaged as a team member or project champion for a Lean Six Sigma team in any market or industry. Registration is $300 ($240 when registered by January 18), and engineers will receive 16 continuing professional education credit hours.

The sixth class, “Lean Six Sigma Boot Camp,” will be presented March 24 and 25, 2011. This course provides a broad overview of Lean Six Sigma fundamentals and tools, process mapping and Value Stream Map, types of data and metrics, and basics of Process Improvement Tools and Methodologies. It was designed for anyone engaged as a team member on any Lean Six Sigma process improvement team in any market or industry. Registration is $595 ($476 when registered by February 24), and engineers will receive 16 continuing professional education credit hours.

Shankar Lakhavani, a senior consultant and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt for L6S Quality Solutions LLC in Pittsburgh, will teach the three classes. He holds an appointment as field faculty in industrial engineering at the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland, where he teaches courses in probability and statistics and Lean Six Sigma and has responsibility for certifying Green and Black Belts. Lakhavani has mentored and trained several hundred Green Belts and Black Belts over the past 10 years while working as Master Black Belt for the American Society of Quality (ASQ) and the Eaton Corporation, both domestically and internationally.

The Center for Professional Growth at Pitt-Greensburg provides high-quality, relevant educational courses, programs and services designed to meet the needs of professionals seeking to start, advance or maintain their professional status, while providing career development, training and consulting services that help organizations, businesses and corporations prepare effective leaders and create productive work environments.

Founded in 1963, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a publicly assisted, four-year, liberal arts college in southwestern Pennsylvania. Pitt-Greensburg offers 24 baccalaureate degree programs, including new majors in Education and Spanish, as well as 19 minors, and numerous relocation program options to the Pittsburgh campus. Fifteen percent of Pitt-Greensburg’s full-time faculty—the highest percentage of any University of Pittsburgh campus—have received the prestigious University-wide Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Publication Date

Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 9:36am

Summary

The Center for Professional Growth at Pitt-Greensburg will present six courses about Six Sigma and Process Improvement from January 2011 through March 2011. The classes will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hempfield Room (Chambers Hall) at Pitt-Greensburg. Visit www.greensburg.pitt.edu/about/cpg for details and to register.