News Release

Published on Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Western Technical College’s Business and Industry Services is offering a Lean Essentials Certificate series of six workshops to help manufacturing businesses streamline their processes. The training is offered as part of a Community-based Job Training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Beginning in January, workshops will be held on the second Wednesday of the month, from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at Western’s Mauston Regional Learning Center, 1000 College Ave. Topics are as follows:

Jan. 13 Lean 101: Introduces the systematic approach to eliminating waste in the manufacturing process. Interactive learning with live simulations provide realistic before and after scenarios.
Feb. 10 Value Stream Mapping: Learn the role and expectation of a Value Stream Manager and understand how to form and lead a team to drive organizational change.
March 10 Quick Changeover/Set-up Reduction: Builds on the principles of the Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) system to dramatically reduce or eliminate change over time. The four step changeover process is used to help companies design no-cost / low cost solutions to reduce change over time.
April 14 5S/Visual Workplace: Learn how to employ the 5 S methods and implement visual workplace techniques in your operations.
May 12 Principles of Cellular/Flow Manufacturing: Links manual and machine operations into the most efficient combination of resources to maximize value-added content while minimizing waste.
June 9 Total Productive Maintenance: Learn to analyze overall equipment effectiveness to determine how much equipment time is being used effectively.

To earn the Lean Certification, participants must attend all six Lean workshops and complete an on-site company project. Seminars may also be taken individually for those not seeking certification.

Cost of the training is covered by the CBJT grant, with the exception of a $30 fee per seminar for materials and refreshments. For details on this and other seminars, visit To register, contact the Business and Industry Services Division at 608.785.9291or e-mail

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