What is Lean Six Sigma?

Many businesses have not kept pace with the rise and fall of change. Lean Six Sigma (LSS) provides a systematic method to optimize performance efficiencies by refining process and reducing variations to achieve profit. PLNU offers superior Lean Six Sigma certificate programs that will provide you with the tools to improve quality and process activities. Our cost effective model and relational learning instruction will help you achieve your desired professional goals. Learn the specialized knowledge to streamline operations, increase value, and reduce waste.  PLNU offers  four  levels of the Lean Six Sigma Program:  White Belt , Yellow Belt, Green Belt, and Black Belt 

  

How does LSS drive innovation and improvement?

 Team Building

Increase employee involvement through active participation on process improvement teams. Involving employees in the implementation of quality activities give them a greater appreciation for the impact of their work and a greater appreciation for how the work of other employees and departments also contribute to success. 

Cost Reduction

Reduce cost through process improvement and require less time and employee resources to decrease deficiency and error. By examining the various steps involved in a process, understanding what customers value and then taking steps to eliminate unnecessary steps while increasing value. Companies using Lean Six Sigma can significantly decrease costs and increase customer value.  

Acknowledge Customer Needs

Lean Six Sigma focuses on process improvement as well as improvements to product delivery methods and other customer service activities that impact customer satisfaction. Increased customer satisfaction will lead to repeat business, increased margins, and business success.

  

Why PLNU for Lean Six Sigma?

Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranks PLNU nationally in its top 100 best values in private institutions, placing PLNU among private universities and liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding rigor with affordability. PLNU is committed to providing professional certifications that add value to our communities.

PLNU offers a Certificate Program in Lean Six Sigma to help close our local skills-gap in business and to better serve our community. Our objective is to prepare students with the practical knowledge they need to use an evidence-based approach to improve processes, increase customer satisfaction, and maximize success.

  

Personalized Instruction 

You will learn from Ric Van Der Linden, a certified Lean Expert who tailors classes using current expertise, future-ready practices, and personalized attention to help you drive innovation. Van Der Linden is the Principal Consultant for ProgressivEdge, Inc., a consulting business based in Southern California focused on the applications of Continuous Improvement techniques for business. His career has focused on Continuous Improvement. For the past 22 years he has led and supported business growth including the start up of two large operations which included facilities, equipment and staffing. He has managed production operations and for the past 12 years has had a full time dedication to Continuous Improvement through the application of Lean and Six Sigma. His most recent years have targeted administrative and the service industries.

As a Champion of Lean and Six Sigma, he has developed Lean Strategies and Six Sigma programs that have become “best practice”. He has driven results through Lean and Six Sigma in all aspects of business. Along with project leadership, he has also trained, mentored, and certified over 500 Lean/Six Sigma individuals that have resulted in a 5 year accumulation of $50 million savings. Van Der Linden has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering, a Masters in Organizational Management, is a certified Lean Expert and Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. He served 2 years as the President of the San Diego Chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, he provided two years services as the Lean and Lean Six Sigma Program Advisor to San Diego State University, and he serves as the Voice of the Customer Chair with ASQ.

  

Convenient Schedule

As a busy professional, we value your time and many commitments, and we have created a flexible and condensed learning experience to meet your educational goals and advance in your career.

  

Centralized Location

Lean Six Sigma classes will be held at Liberty Station Conference Center. Classes are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 

Please contact Jeanne Cochran, Director of Corporate and Community Education at jcochran@pointloma.edu or 619-849-2513 

Point Loma Nazarene University
4007 Camino Del Rio S.
San Diego, CA 92108