Six Sigma & Lean

The principles behind Six Sigma quality control and Lean Manufacturing have revolutionized business and services in the last two decades. Forsyth Tech has classes on a wide variety of topics, listed below, that can help you learn and apply these ideas to your business.

Six Sigma Green Belt

This course is designed to certify participants in the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program.  This certification program will equip Green Belt candidates with tools required to support Lean Six Sigma process improvement projects in their organizations and ensure technical competence in the key Six Sigma disciplines.  Upon completion, students will be knowledgeable in the five stages of the DMAIC model, and be able to use fundamental process improvement tools in each stage of the Lean Six Sigma process.  As a component of the course, statistical software will be used to analyze data.  Certification is awarded upon successful completion of a comprehensive final exam and completion of a Green Belt project.  Cost of class includes student materials.

Course Code: 91046  Cost:  $1500
Dates:  January 13 – March 12, T/Th,  6-9:30pm
Location:  Grady Swisher Center, Room 203

Lean Six Sigma Overview (FREE SEMINAR)

During this course we will explore the meaning of Lean (waste elimination) and Six Sigma (High Quality Levels).   Participants will learn how to identify the eight different types of waste and how to achieve defect levels of 3.4 per million units.  The history of Lean and Six Sigma will be tracked from the craft guilds of the 1700’s to today.  A simulation using the principles of 5S, Pull and Kanbans will be conducted.  This course is designed to provide each participant of an overview of the Lean and Six Sigma processes and tools.  This is an excellent preparatory course for anyone interested in pursuing certification as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or work in a continuous improvement environment. Limited to 16 participants.  Call 336.757.3802 for information and enrolling in this class.

Course Code: TBD  Cost:  Free
Dates:  January 22, Th,  8:30 AM – 12:30PM
Location:  Forsyth Tech @ Innovation Quarter
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Using A3 to Unlock Your Problem Solving Mind

Training within industry stressed utilizing people to the best of their abilities.  Understanding the A3 Problem Solving Methodology helps employees develop their problem solving skills, leading not only to improved profits, quality, productivity, safety and delivery, but also to a culture that understands the value of developing people at every level.  A3 Problem Solving can be used by workers at every level of an organization.

Course Code:  TBD  Cost:  $110
Date:  TBD, , 8:30AM -12:30PM
Location:  Forsyth Tech @ Innovation Quarter
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Other Services Available:

The Kaizen Blitz

Let our experienced Six Sigma Black Belts lead or assist with your next Kaizen event.  You can gain foundational information needed to understand, plan and implement kaizen blitzes. Such events are opportunities to make focused improvement changes in the workplace. This multi-day, onsite training event takes participants through the critical steps in conducting a very effective kaizen event – one that is well planned, well implemented and well documented.

Simulated Work Environment (SWE)

The Simulated Work Environment (SWE) is an 8 hour, hands-on workshop that teaches continuous improvement methods in a simulated vehicle assembly process.  Based on the concepts of the Toyota Production System, teams build or take apart truck cabs in a miniature factory setting.  Working as teams, problems are solved, and root cause issues are eliminated, while working safely and making it right the first time.  As quality and safety issues are eliminated, velocity goes up and costs go down during the three production runs.  The SWE is also a powerful teambuilding tool that unites a group, develops team problem solving skills and improves overall creativity skills. To schedule a SWE for your employees, please contact Dianne Mounce at 336.734.7732 or

Other Courses Available Include:

  • JIT (Just-In-Time)
  • Pull Production
  • Standard Work
  • Mistake Proofing/Poka-Yoke
  • Quick Changeovers (SMED)
  • Work Cells
  • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
  • Kanban
  • Identifying Waste
  • 5S
  • Process Mapping
  • Root Cause Analysis

For more information on Process Improvement Courses, please contact Barry Self at or 336.734.7766