Six Sigma certificates added to professional programs
The University of South Carolina’s Office of Continuing Education and Conferences will offer two Six Sigma certifications, the Green Belt and the Black Belt.
Six Sigma is a business-management strategy used in many industries, including service, government, research, healthcare and manufacturing. General Motors, Microsoft and Motorola, among others, employ the strategy.
The program format includes online course materials, case studies, independent study and in-class instruction.
The University’s Six Sigma Green Belt program will begin in October 2010. The Black Belt will follow in January 2011. Visit www.uscsixsigma.org for complete details about USC’s new Six Sigma program.
Eric McGee, director of continuing and professional education, said professionals who earn a Six Sigma certificate from USC will be prepared to examine the effectiveness of operations, implement improvements to reduce costs and define long-term growth opportunities. Participants will work on an independent project addressing specific challenges of their organization.
In Six Sigma Green Belt training, professionals learn how to effect organizational change through project management and process improvement. Course topics include problem solving, data collection, data interpretation, process capability and cost analysis. The Green Belt is the foundation of the Six Sigma program and a prerequisite for Black Belt certification. USC’s Green Belt certificate requires only four in-class sessions and can be completed in one month.
Six Sigma Black Belt professionals are trained in advanced problem-solving skills, team dynamics and the statistical tools needed for process analysis. Participants in USC’s Black Belt program will develop a full-scale independent project, applying skills acquired throughout the course. USC’s Black Belt certificate requires seven in-class sessions and can be completed in three months.