Business diagramNorthwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) has a Lean Champion Certification course scheduled for September and your company may qualify to receive a grant to cover a majority of the cost for your employee(s) to attend. The course is scheduled to begin on September 7th and run on 4 consecutive Wednesday’s at Cross Creek Resort in Titusville, PA. Manufacturer employees who are planning to complete all 4 sessions may be eligible for a Make It In America Grant from 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.

Lean is all about continuous improvement. Improving quality, efficiency, change management, workplace safety, employee engagement, and the bottom line. Creating and maintaining a culture of continuous improvement involves trained leadership who will engage the entire organization in the process. Becoming a Lean Champion can be the first step!

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


If you are new to Lean, there is also an option of scheduling Principles of Lean and/or Value Stream Mapping as stand-alone courses.

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 Beverly Joyce, Event Coordinator at

Lean Champion Flyer- Titusville-Sept2016