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MATC Expands Quality Offerings to Include Associate Degree; Six Sigma and Lean Certificates

OAK CREEK, WI (Oct. 18, 2011) – Milwaukee Area Technical College is expanding its offerings in the growing field of quality and continuous improvement. Beginning in January 2012, the college will offer a Quality Engineering Associate Degree. A Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate and a Lean Certificate became available this fall.

The Quality Engineering Associate Degree provides the student with the skills to analyze, monitor and implement quality systems, business performance metrics and process improvement initiatives. The degree covers continuous improvement methods and concepts that are applicable in every functional area in an organization, as well as broad application across markets, including healthcare, manufacturing, finance, education and service industries. The program prepares students to systematically plan, evaluate, and monitor the various components of a product, service or process to ensure that criteria for quality are being met. Problem-solving methodologies such as Lean and Six Sigma are emphasized to reduce waste, improve operations and reduce costs by minimizing resource use and streamlining business processes.

The 68-credit associate degree includes technical and general studies, preparing students to become quality analysts, process analysts, quality assurance technicians, continuous improvement specialists, quality managers and quality supervisors. Most of the technical studies classes are held at the Center for Energy Conservation and Advanced Manufacturing (ECAM) at MATC's Oak Creek Campus, 6665 S. Howell Ave.

Students may also earn Six Sigma Green Belt, Six Sigma Black Belt and/or Lean certification. The courses included in these certificate offerings can be applied to the associate degree in quality engineering technology.

The Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate consists of two accelerated courses that focus on the Six Sigma strategic approach to implementing quality, process and business efficiency improvement through the use of statistical and other analytic tools. Students also take a "project" class in which they apply the methodology to a real problem in their place of employment. The Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate includes the Green Belt certification courses plus a "tools and concepts" course.

The Lean Certificate consists of one three-credit course which covers strategies to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. The Lean approach streamlines processes that require less human effort, space, capital and time to make products and services at less cost and with fewer defects compared with traditional business systems.

For more information, contact Lori Hains at (414) 571-4714, or
Information also is available on the ECAM website: