Six Sigma is about achieving a “near-perfect” process to gain quantifiable financial benefits. Improvements are achieved through: understanding customer requirements, tying improvements to strategic goals of the company, quantifying the financial benefits of improvement projects, and following a disciplined process in applying statistical tools. One of the principle drivers of Six Sigma success has been its organizational structure consisting of Executive Leaders, Champions, and Six Sigma Belts. The Six Sigma Belts include Green Belts and Black Belts to indicate levels of proficiency. Missouri Southern State University offers Six Sigma training courses at the Green Belt and Black Belt skill levels. Each belt certification can be achieved either through academic credit (option A) or as professional industry training (option B). Students opting for the professional industry training course may also earn academic credit. A Missouri Southern Green Belt will have completed a minimum of 56 training hours (industrial training, option B) or 96 training hours (academic course work, option A), depending on the chosen training path. He or she will have applied the theory on many simulations, case studies and exercises. The Green Belt will also have used his/her knowledge gained on at least one small project in his/her company (multiple projects for academic course work) to show proficiency in using the tools and principles learned. Minitab Statistical Software is used to teach Six Sigma.
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