Lean Six Sigma

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In greater Cincinnati, holding a Lean Six Sigma belt goes a long way. Considering the region’s large manufacturing industry, earning a Green or Black Belt demonstrates your expertise in minimizing waste and providing premium quality products. The UC Office of Professional & Continuing Education is proud to offer comprehensive Lean Six Sigma training programs that you can take anywhere, at any time!

Certification Programs

"Six Sigma" describes a series of process improvement techniques designed to reduce errors and improve quality in an organization's products and services. "Lean" is a management discipline that seeks to reduce waste and minimize associated costs. "Lean Six Sigma" represents the blending of the two philosophies into an operating system that maximizes quality while minimizing costs.

A Lean Six Sigma Green Belt improves productivity by focusing on the tools, methodologies and principles of Lean Six Sigma. Lean Six Sigma Green Belts are expected to design, implement and manage productivity improvement projects and campaigns.

The Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma is considered a hands-on credential. Green Belts commonly review processes, develop and deploy improvements using the Lean Six Sigma methodology and then manage the improved processes.

Black Belts are a change agent in the organization. A Black Belt will be the project owner of an organizational quality improvement process. As project owner, they allocate team member responsibilities and resources, effectively overseeing a team of Green and Yellow Belts.

A Six Sigma Black Belt professional is an expert in these Six Sigma principles:

  • DMAIC
  • Design of experiments
  • Analysis of variance
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Probability distribution

Black Belts use support tools such as Voice of the Customer (VOC), Lean, failure mode and effects analysis, and statistics. As a Six Sigma Black Belt, you will be responsible for initiating projects and directing the efforts of company quality improvement teams.

  • According to Burning Glass, Cincinnati area professionals holding a Lean Six Sigma belt earn $82,000 per year on average.
  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects job growth across the Management Analyst category to grow by 14% over the coming decade. This is almost triple the growth rate expected for all jobs.

About Your Instructors

Tracy O'Rourke is a Master Black Belt with over 20 years of success helping organizations like the Department of Veterans Affairs, the State of Washington, Cisco, DC Shoes, GE, and Motorola learn and apply Lean and Six Sigma. Tracy is an accomplished facilitator, trainer, and presenter. She has a BA in English Literature from San Francisco State University and an MBA with emphasis in Leadership and Managing Organizational Change from Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University.

Elisabeth Swan is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt with over 20 years of experience consulting for organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab, Burt's Bees, Microsoft, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Swan is an accomplished consultant, designer, and executive coach with expertise in training, process-based organization design, problem-solving, and change management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Barnard College.