ZANESVILLE – Twelve Zanesville High School seniors earned their Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification while learning the Lean Six Sigma methodology under the facilitation of Master Black Belt Brad Hollingsworth.
This training is made possible thanks to funding from the Ohio State University Manufacturing Expansion Partnership (MEP). Workforce development initiatives aim to train the potential future workforce of manufacturers. The credential aligns with Ohio’s “Each Child, Our Future” strategic plan, which provides students with an industry-recognized credential to enter a job or enroll in a two- or four-year college. I am ready to go on to higher education.
Lean Six Sigma is a recognized industry standard, a structured, team-based problem-solving approach that focuses on the voice of the customer to improve quality and productivity. Certified team members are employed by organizations, businesses, or industries with a philosophy of continuous improvement and excellent customer focus. With three levels of certification, participants learn to become effective team her members, project her leaders, or trainers.
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification demonstrates that an individual is an effective problem-solver and team member. Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification indicates that the participant is an effective problem-solving team her leader. Individuals with this certification effectively lead teams to solve problems and drive measurable improvement.
Zanesville City Schools educators and administrators Tom Crowley, Wendy Curtis, Elisse Greenleaf, and Nate Seekatz also earned Yellow Belt certification. Participating in Green Belt certification include Eric Baldwin, Michelle Neal, and Mike Schreiber. In addition to Yellow Belt and Green Belt certifications, Doug Baker, Stacie Deavers, Deb Gingerich, Andrea Minnich, Maureen Montgomery, Lisa Kester, Tashia Woerner, and Garrett Young have completed their trainer training sessions.
When Green Belt participants lead process improvement projects and complete trainer training sessions, they are certified to incorporate Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt training into their student’s class curriculum. You can also mentor and mentor students who want to earn their Green Belt certification with the guidance of a Master Black Belt.
Doug Baker, Superintendent of Zanesville City Schools, attended Yellow Belt and Green Belt certifications to see first-hand what students could gain by adding Lean Six Sigma training to their curriculum.
“We often encourage students to work as a team to solve dilemmas and problems,” says Baker. “Lean Six Sigma training provides students with the knowledge and skills to know how to work together as a team.”
Further, Baker said: This set of knowledge and skills will help our students in the future. ”
“Zanesville City Schools students are blessed with faculty and administrators, and Ohio State University’s MEP provides this certification,” said Hollingworth. “This training provides an opportunity for students to contribute to value-added process improvement projects at school and in their future careers.”
He went on to say that he has completed projects that provide real-world experiences for educators and administrators to understand the tools that make Lean Six Sigma effective in facilitating student learning.
Baker thanked the MEPs for providing the funding to enable them to certify their students, saying, “The MEPs support enabled students to pilot and incorporate Lean Six Sigma training. , we have better positioned our students to contribute to the ever-changing global economy.”
Submitted by Zanesville City Schools.