UB's TCIE providing new process improvement programs

Release Date: February 1, 2010

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Professionals who want to help their organizations become more efficient can take advantage of two new business improvement training courses offered by the University at Buffalo's Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE) that blend independent, online learning with classroom sessions.

The Blue Belt Blended Learning certification program is tailored to the health care sector and starts Feb. 16. It provides Lean methodology training and an introduction to the rigors of the Six Sigma quality management philosophy. Attendees will learn how to reduce waste while gathering and using data to make productive changes.

The program will benefit administrators, line staff, health care practitioners and other health care professionals who will learn how to streamline processes and improve throughput while meeting the industry's regulatory demands and requirements for meticulous record-keeping.

The Blue Belt program consists of more than 30 hours of independent, online learning and several classroom-based sessions, which will take place on March 2 and 23 from 8 a.m. to noon, and on April 20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 2402 North Forest Rd., Amherst.

The facilitator will be Black Belt Sandra DiPasquale, PhD, health care specialist and adjunct instructor in the UB Department of Social and Preventive Medicine. Cost is $1,495; registration deadline is Feb. 9.

The Black Belt Blended Format certification training is targeted to professionals charged with mastering Six Sigma's process improvement tools. Six Sigma helps businesses grow through greater efficiency, problem-solving and the philosophy that measurement and management go hand in hand.

This 200-hour course, which includes 120 hours of self-paced online learning, will begin March 4. Classroom sessions facilitated by Master Black Belt Thom Marra will be held on March 25, April 8 and 29, May 12 and 27, June 10 and 22, July 8 and 22 and Aug. 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will be held at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center. Cost is $5,295; registration deadline is Feb. 25.

The training focuses on the same principles as the popular Green Belt training, but at a higher mastery level through an expanded set of statistical tools.

Certification for both courses requires candidates to identify and complete an outcome-based improvement project at their place of employment, as well as pass an exam.

TCIE also provides organizations with private Blue Belt and Master Black Belt training sessions on request.

For more information about either program, call Gary Simon at (716) 636-2568 ext. 22 or e-mail him at ggsimon@buffalo.edu.

TCIE provides a dynamic link between UB's expert resources and the region's business community. A program of the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, TCIE fosters partnerships and manages projects as diverse as the region's businesses, and is a premier provider of Lean Six Sigma training and mentoring. For more information on how TCIE can assist Western New York businesses, go to http://www.tcie.buffalo.edu.

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.

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