BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo’s TCIE has
developed two new courses, both of which help professionals use
data to improve work performance.
The courses – the Certified Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green
Belt Transactional training and “What is Your Data Telling
You?” – will be available for the first time for the
spring 2014 semester.
Developed with service industry businesses in mind, but
applicable across all disciplines, the Green Belt course enhances
candidates’ problem-solving abilities and engages them in the
data-driven, LSS industry-tested system for process variation
reduction. Through finance, government and health care examples,
candidates learn how to eliminate waste and boost efficiency.
The 72-hour course will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
March 12-14, April 2-4 and April 30-May 2. It will be held at the
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 2402 North Forest Rd.,
Candidates complete an improvement project at their workplace
and must pass an exam to earn certification. An early bird rate
equating to $100 in savings is available until Dec. 31; otherwise,
the last day for registration is March 5, space dependent.
The one-day “What is Your Data Telling You?” course
explores the basic tenets of drawing value from data, and how the
resulting analysis is helpful in making better decisions to improve
the bottom line.
It is appropriate for employees from all levels of for-profit,
not-for-profit and public sector organizations. Topics covered
include what to do and what not to do with data collection, proper
organization of data, representing data with visual tools, and
transforming data into information.
The course will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 11 at the
Ramada. Register by Feb. 4.
The rest of TCIE’s spring 2014 lineup includes:
- Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action course, from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. on Jan. 21 at the Ramada. This program is designed to
improve the problem-solving skills of all employee levels by
providing an understanding of the processes and techniques for
determining the root cause of a nonconformance and the corrective
action needed to prevent the problem from occurring again. Register
by Jan. 14.
- Certified Lean Professional course, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on
Mondays, Jan. 27-April 7 (except Feb. 17 and March 17), as well as
April 28, May 5, and June 2 and June 23. The 39-hour course is
offered at UB’s Baird Research Park, 1576 Sweet Home Rd.,
Amherst. It introduces participants to the Lean methodology of
saving money and reducing waste by identifying unnecessary
processes. Register by Jan. 20.
- Minitab Software training, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Jan. 29 at
the Ramada. This training navigates participants through the
statistical tools of Minitab software, so that they may comfortably
manipulate data and solve problems. Register by Jan. 22.
- Intellectual Property Breakfast seminar, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
on Feb. 25 at the Ramada. The seminar covers the fundamentals of
intellectual property, exploring such issues as patents,
copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, licensing, patent trolls and
defensive publishing. Register by Feb. 18.
- 3-Day ISO 13485 Internal Auditor training, from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m., March 11-13 at the Ramada. This training program provides the
skills necessary to perform process audits in the medical device
industry. Participants learn about the ISO 13485 standard, audit
activities and techniques, objective evidence to gather, and
expectations of third-party external auditors in determining
compliance, in the quest to understand how to assess their
organizations’ quality performance. Register by March 4.
For more information on the above offerings, contact Mariah
Glass, TCIE training program coordinator, at (716) 645-8840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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