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Gateway's Lean Simulation Training Begins in August; Sign Up Now to Improve Business Productivity

The Workforce Solutions Division of Gateway Community & Technical College is offering a series of eight Lean instructional programs to help businesses identify ways to improve productivity and quality.

Lean techniques can be applied in both manufacturing and office environments and have been proven to help businesses serve customers better, more efficiently and with less waste.

The training courses begin Aug. 4 with a Lean Manufacturing Simulation, followed on Aug. 11 with a Lean Office Simulation. Specific training modules are scheduled for Aug. 25, Module 1, Value Stream Mapping, which identifies and charts work flows; Sept. 15, Module II, 5S, which focuses on workplace organization; Oct. 13, Module III, Standardized Work tools and principles; Nov. 3, Module IV, Kanban, Kaizen and TPM, which looks at a pull system, continuous improvement and total productive maintenance.

Module V is a two-part session scheduled for Nov. 17 and 18 and focuses on using the A3 management process, the heart of Lean Management, to solve problems, gain agreement, mentor and lead. Module VI, the last in the series, also has two parts and is scheduled for Dec. 15 and 16. It focuses on Hoshin Kanri, the process of implementing and sustaining Lean management practices on a long-term basis.

All simulations and modules will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Gateway's Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Florence. The cost is $150 per person per simulation or module for Modules 1 through IV. The cost per person is $300 per module for Modules V and VI.

Seating is limited, and interested persons are encouraged to sign up now. To register, contact Regina Schadler at 859-442-1170, or regina.schadler@kctcs.edu. For more information on Lean training, contact Barry Wilhite at 859-442-1145, or barry.wilhite@kctcs.edu. More information on Workforce Solutions is available at http://www.gateway.kctcs.edu/Workforce_Solutions.aspx.