News Release

Published on Tuesday, April 07, 2009

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 four consecutive Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on the La Crosse Campus.

Thursday, May 7, “Lean/Six Sigma Overview,” 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, May 14, “Value Stream Mapping,” identifies ways to reduce unnecessary motion and excess inventory with a Value Stream Map.

Thursday, May 21, “5S – Go Clean, Lean, and Green,” provides an overview of how the 5S system and strategies can help you get and stay organized.

Thursday, May 28, “Cellular Manufacturing,” describes a model for workplace design that arranges factory floor labor into work cells to improve processes, eliminate defects, better coordinate scheduling and equipment maintenance, and address other manufacturing issues.

Cost is $29 per session. 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