University launches online options for Lean Six Sigma certification
MANHATTAN — After five years of successfully delivering Lean Six Sigma certification training at workshops conducted on campus, Kansas State University is launching an online option this fall for the Yellow Belt and Green Belt certifications.
Lean Six Sigma is a business management system that allows organizations of all types to drastically improve their bottom line by creating, measuring and monitoring everyday business activities that in turn lead to reduced waste, fewer mistakes and increased customer satisfaction.
An introductory webinar, known as the White Belt level, will be from 7-9 p.m. CDT on Monday, Oct. 19. This free webinar is available to anyone interested in learning more about philosophies taught in the program and will provide an overview of the Lean Six Sigma problem-solving phases. Registration is available on the K-State Lean Six Sigma website.
The online Yellow Belt course will be offered in January 2021. Dates for the Green Belt course will be announced in the near future.
"We've offered the Yellow Belt to faculty and staff at K-State as well as industry professionals with great success," said Daniel Minick, instructor in operations management in the College of Business Administration. "We've also had students complete the program and include the certification on their resumes, which in many cases became the deciding factor in getting a job offer."
While Lean Six Sigma is designed to improve processes and increase customer value, the reason it is so successful is that it provides immediate and measurable results to an organization's bottom line. The program is based on high-level philosophy that combines a structured set of tools that create permanent solutions.
Courses are taught by Doug Von Feldt, who brings more than 20 years of experience leading projects and change initiatives in organizations and industries. A certified Master Black Belt, he has spoken at conferences in the areas of Lean Six Sigma, organization design, entrepreneurship, innovation and project management.
"Global Campus is constantly looking for ways to bring in-demand online programs to both our students and industry professionals in search of solutions that don't always take the form of a class or degree program," said Katie Linder, executive director for program development at K-State Global Campus. "This is the perfect example of a program we're excited to help deliver worldwide."
For more information on K-State's Lean Six Sigma offerings, including registration for the upcoming White Belt webinar and Yellow Belt and Green Belt courses, visit online.k-state.edu/lean-six-sigma.