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"Our staff has industry experience – so we understand the problems industry faces – and we want to help solve these problems so that companies can grow and prosper in Mississippi."
- Glenn Dennis
Director, CAVS Extension
After obtaining formal technical education, work experience, and additional training, often retaining and expanding technical skills are the focus. However, without additional soft skills, challenges in leading a project from team formation through completion of the project might arise.
The two-day Facilitation and Teambuilding Skills workshop is designed to assist individuals and organizations to have a structured, planned approach to leading teams and to be effective team members themselves. This workshop will give participants an understanding of practical tools that they can use to facilitate project team meetings, assist others in sharing ideas to reach potential solutions, evaluating effectiveness of alternatives, and delivering and effectively presenting results to key sponsors and stakeholders.
The workshop will include a variety of delivery methods, with exercises and interactive activities that will allow the participants to work as a team during a facilitated session, to practice new skills and to prepare for the utilization of them in their own projects.
Instructor(s): Judy Johnson and Martin Konrad
Date(s): July 8-9, 2020 (Canton, MS)
Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: MSU CAVS Extension - 153 Mississippi Parkway Canton, MS 39046
Please contact Jill Sellers at email@example.com or 601-407-2746 if you have any questions.
This two day workshop is structured so that participants gain a solid understanding of the use of Statistical Process Control to drive process improvement. The class is taught through a balance lecture, class discussion, class exercises, and follow-on participant projects. Specific topics include both variables and attribute control charting. Specific variables control charting tools include X-BAR and R charts, as well as X and Moving R. Specific Attribute charting techniques are also presented including P, C, and U Charts. Also process capability indexes are presented and explained (i.e., Cp, Cpk, Pp, Ppk). Throughout the class a strong emphasis is placed on how to connect SPC with root causes oriented problem solving. Key concepts are reinforced through the use of catapults to simulate the real world linkage between SPC and process improvement.
Who Should Attend? Manufacturing Engineers, Quality Engineers, Managers, Supervisors, and other professionals.
Instructor(s): Sara Fuller and Emily Wall
Date(s): July 23-24, 2020 (Canton, MS)
Course objective is to develop participant skills in the recognition and elimination of Waste, and to improve Flow in their operations. Participants will apply these techniques on an approved project.
Who Should Attend? Manufacturing Engineers, Quality Engineers, Industrial Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Engineering Managers, Plant Managers
Participant Involvement: The training will consist of 4 two-day sessions (i.e., 64 hours of class time) scheduled during a four month period. Each participant is required to implement techniques and tools on an approved project that targets substantial benefits to their respective organizations. Each participant will receive consulting support both in and outside the classroom to assist with the successful completion of their project. It is anticipated that significant work outside the classroom will be expected in order to ensure maximum results from the student project. The goal of each participant is to develop project results that are commensurate with satisfying the project requirements of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Bronze Certification. SME conducts certification examination independently of this training.
Instructor(s): John Moore and Clay Walden, Ph.D.
Date(s): Fall 2020 (July 29-30 (Starkville), August 26-27 (Canton), September 23-24 (Starkville), October 28-29 (Canton))
Location: Thad Cochran Research Park - 1 Research Blvd Starkville, MS 39759 &
MSU CAVS Extension - 153 Mississippi Parkway Canton, MS 39046
This workshop focuses on the visual exploration of data and problem solving using Minitab statistical software. We will use the Minitab to generate and interpret graphs to help analyze real-world industrial problems. The workshop will be highly interactive and include many hands-on practical examples. Topics will cover basic statistical principles and the application and use of statistical analysis methods.
Who Should Attend? The participants are expected to have some basic statistical experience since it is not possible to cover the details of probability and statistics during the workshop.
Instructor(s): Sara Fuller, Emily Wall and Travis Hill
Date(s): August 11, 2020 (Canton, MS)
Course objective is to develop participant skills in problem solving techniques that have been popularized under the banner of Six Sigma. Participants will apply these techniques on an approved project. Upon project completion participants will receive a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.
Participant Involvement: The training will consist of 11 days scheduled during a five month period. Each participant is required to implement techniques and tools on an approved project that targets substantial benefits to their respective organizations. Each participant will receive consulting support both in and outside the classroom to assist with the successful completion of their project. It is anticipated that significant work outside the classroom will be expected in order to ensure maximum results from the student project.
Who Should Attend: Manufacturing and Quality Engineers and Technicians, Industrial Engineers, individuals supporting Six Sigma projects, and/or individuals looking to achieve their Green Belt Certification.
Instructor(s): Judy Johnson, Les Goff, Ph.D., Adam Collins and Clay Walden, Ph.D.
Date(s): Fall 2020 (August 12-13, September 9-10, September 30-October 1, October 28-29, November 18-19, December 9)
This 11 day workshop requires each student to demonstrate mastery of the Six Sigma Body of knowledge and is accomplished through the participant leading a black belt project which illustrates the DMAIC methodology, use of appropriate statistical tools, and substantial business results. Upon project completion and after successfully passing a written examination participants will receive a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.
Who Should Attend: Manufacturing and Quality Engineers and Technicians, Industrial Engineers, individuals supporting Six Sigma projects, and/or individuals looking to achieve their Black Belt Certification.
Our team of lean experts ensure that you gain the skills and training necessary to plan and launch a lean healthcare initiative in your organization. You will receive kaizen project experience and certification training in essential Toyota Production System (TPS) tools, which will benefit your hospital, physician practice, nursing home, clinic, laboratory, or health service.
The "Healthcare Lean Certificate" course objective is to prepare participants for successful deployment of projects that improve the cost, quality, and speed of delivery of healthcare services. Each participant will develop skills in the recognition and elimination of "Wasteful practices", and the improvement of the "Flow" of service in hospital operations. Participants will also demonstrate the capability deploying systems improvement methodologies in the workplace on an approved project.
The training will be delivered in 4 two-day sessions (i.e., 64 hours of class time) scheduled during a four month period. Training will cover a broad spectrum of lean topics.
The four segments of Lean Certificate training are:
Lean Hospitals by Mark Graban, This books will be provided for each participant.
To earn a certificate of completion, participants will be required to complete all eight days of training. In addition, each participant is expected to implement techniques and tools provided in this training on an approved project that provides tangible benefits to their respective organizations.
Each participant will receive consulting support both in and outside the classroom to assist with the successful completion of their project. "Healthcare Lean Certificates" of program completion will be awarded to each participant on the completion of the project implementation.
CEU's are available if requested prior to the start of class. An additional fee may be required.
This training is designed for all healthcare professionals: doctors, clinicians, support staff, and administrators are encouraged to attend. Class size is currently limited to 18 participants.
Instructor(s): John Moore and Susan Moore
Date(s): Fall 2020 (August 12-13, September 9-10, October 7-8, November 11-12) (Meridian, MS)
Location: MSU Riley Center - 2200 5th Street Meridian, MS 39301
This three day course is taught by Ramesh Gulati, who is the world leader in this area and the author of 'Maintenance & Reliability Best Practices'.
The M&R fundamentals course will boost your technical workforce's understanding of reliability & maintenance principles and help create a sustainable reliability culture to maximize the benefits.
The asset/equipment management practices in any organization determine whether an operation is considered a financial drain or a well-run business unit, which operates utilizing best reliability & maintenance practices to ensure assets reliability, safety, improved productivity, and profits.
Date(s): September 1-3, 2020 (Canton)
153 Mississippi Parkway Canton, MS 39046