News Release

Published on Thursday, December 13, 2007

Western Technical College is offering a series of seven workshops covering the Lean Manufacturing approach to eliminating waste in business processes. The workshops are held at Western’s La Crosse campus, from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. every other Thursday starting January 10 and ending April 3.

Lean Manufacturing focuses on enhancing quality, cost, delivery, and people by making continuous improvements. By attending all seven workshops, participants earn a Lean Certificate. For Lean Certification, participants apply one of the Lean tools to a specific area of need at their individual businesses. The tools that are covered in the workshops include: Value Stream Mapping, Quick Changeover/Setup Reduction, the 5S System, Principles of Cellular/Flow Manufacturing, Total Productive Maintenance, and Value Stream Management/Project Planning.

The Lean Certificate program is offered by Western in partnership with the Northwest Wisconsin Manufacturing Outreach Center (NWMOC) and the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Through this partnership, Lean experts, who provide on-site training to businesses around the state, come into the classroom to deliver targeted training with real world applications.

For details on this series and other Western Technical College Business and Industry Services, visit, call 608.785.9232, or e-mail