Modified one way sign indicating Continuous ImprovementBeing on a continuous improvement journey means the job is never done. There are always opportunities to improve, streamline more processes, reduce more waste, and enhance team commitment. Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) has upcoming programs to help.

A Lean Champion Certification course is scheduled for September 2016 and now is a great time to schedule because your company may qualify for a grant to cover a majority of the cost for your employee(s) to attend. The course will begin on September 7th and run on 4 consecutive Wednesday’s at Cross Creek Resort in Titusville, PA.

This program reviews the detailed principles of Lean with hands-on training and individual assignments pertaining to the participants’ manufacturing business. The course schedule includes:

Session 1: Principles of Lean Manufacturing, September 7, 2016, 8:00am-4:00pm

Session 2: Value Stream Mapping,  September 14, 2016, 8:00am-4:00pm

Session 3: 5S/Key Performance Indicators, September 21, 2016, 8:00am-4:00pm

Session 4: Setup Reduction/Kaizen/Kanban, September 28, 2016, 8:00am-4:00pm

The instructor for all sessions will be Craig Corsi, Lead Consultant with Vie Associates. Corsi is a manufacturing professional with more than 17 years of experience in the areas of operational excellence and continuous improvement initiatives.

Manufacturer employees who are planning to complete all 4 sessions may be eligible for a Make It In America Grant via Partners for Performance for up to $1063 per individual towards the training costs. This grant is available to manufacturers in Erie, Crawford, Forest, Warren, Venango, and Clarion Counties.

Click here to register for Lean Champion Certification. For more information about the course or how to apply for the Make It In America Grant, please email Molly Reichard, Event Coordinator at