Black River Technical College in collaboration with the Greene County Industrial Training Center recently held its first Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) training program on the Paragould campus, with five individuals earning their certification.
“This was the first group to receive the Black Belt certification at BRTC,” said Dana Bradford, BRTC’s Department of Corporate and Community Education in Paragould. “Individuals have completed the Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) training first offered at BRTC in 2007, but this was the first group to complete the Black Belt program.”
Completing the program were: Tom Hazelwood, Darrell McCreeless, and Lynn McCoy with ARI (American Railcar Industries); and Charles Harris and Kerry Pugh with Southworth Products.
The Six Sigma professional development training program is designed to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of errors and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes, according to the Six Sigma website. The program is designed for organizations that want to develop employees to be supply chain, logistics, and problem solving experts. The end result is an effectively completed improvement initiative.
Each of the participants first completed the prerequisite 80-hour Green Belt course at BRTC before they were permitted to enter the Black Belt class.
The Black Belt course also consisted of 80 hours and spanned 10 weeks in an active learning environment with rigorous training while performing actual improvement projects in the workplace. After completion of the course, participants received Black Belt Six Sigma certification from BRTC and complete preparation to take the ASQ Black Belt Certification Exam.
Scott Follett, Six Sigma Master Black Belt, was the instructor for the course. He has over 20 years of experience in industry and quality assurance.
For more information on the Six Sigma certification program, contact Bradford at 870-239-0969, ext. 5210.