IUN offering lean six sigma certification

Students and professors visit Indiana University Northwest in Gary in 2010. The school is now offering Lean Six Sigma certification.

John Luke | The Times

Indiana University Northwest is now offering local business professionals a certification course in Lean Six Sigma, a methodology that's used to reduce waste on manufacturing production lines and in other business processes.

Local business people can earn intermediate-level green belts and expert-level black belts in the managerial concept, which emerged from Japan and has become widely adopted in the manufacturing industry. IUN's Weekend MBA program for working adults has certified 15 green belts so far.

"Lean Six Sigma is a methodology that provides the strategy, tools and techniques to significantly improve the performance of an organization relative to processes, services, employees, customer satisfaction and the business bottom line," Indiana University Northwest said in a news release. "It combines the concept of Lean, which focuses on the elimination of waste and nonvalue added activities, with the structured, data-driven analytical tools of Six Sigma."

IUN will teach business professionals how to solve process-related problems in a class that's aimed to burnish credential or how business owners boost the bottom line.

“The Lean Six Sigma methodology will help any business be competitive in our Region, as well as our increasingly global marketplace,” said Jana Szostek, director of the Center for Management Development at IU Northwest. “It has become the gold standard of quality and continuous improvement and is a highly sought-after certification. Its methods are applicable to any organization.”

For more information, call 219-980-6910 or visit www.iun.edu/business.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.