News Release

Published on Thursday, September 11, 2008

Western Technical College’s Business and Industry Services Division is offering a series of five seminars devoted to the “Lean” approach to eliminating waste in business processes. The seminars, collectively called “LEAN Lunches,” will be held various Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on the La Crosse Campus.

Thursday, Oct. 4, “Why go LEAN?,” covers the basics of the Lean principles and how implementing Lean will shorten cycle time, boost quality, increase customer service, and lower production costs.

Thursday, Oct. 23, “5S – Go Clean, Lean, and Green,” provides an overview of how the 5S system can help you get and stay organized.

Thursday, Nov. 6, “You Need a Map to Get There,” identifies ways to reduce unnecessary motion and excess inventory with a Value Stream Map.

Thursday, Nov. 20, “Pick up the Pace,” shows how Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED), also known at Quick Change Over (QCO), can be applied to reduce run sizes and increase responsiveness to your customer.

Thursday, Dec. 4, “If it Ain’t Broke, It will be Soon!” reveals how Total Productive Maintenance can save money.

Cost is $29 per session or $125 for all five sessions. A light lunch is included. To register, contact the Business and Industry Services Division at 608.785.9232 or e-mail For details on this and other seminars, visit