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Laredo College offers Six Sigma Green Belt Certification   


Laredo College continues to provide innovative ways to implement programs through various partnerships, scholarships and grants in order to offer quality educational programs for the Laredo community. As part of the new additions and changes the college has undergone in the past few months, the LC Economic Development Center (EDC) announced their newest online certification, the Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.


The Six Sigma Green Belt Program was designed to enhance technical problem-solving skills. This course is intended for professionals who can facilitate process improvement projects within their organization under the guidance of a Black Belt or Master Black Belt.


This six-week program immersed the participants in an online environment of instruction, exercise, simulations, presentations and case studies in 15 modules taught by experienced instructors. Topics discussed included Six Sigma principles, tools and methods, understanding the voice of the customer, linking that voice to processes and supporting metrics, combining the basic quality with powerful process analysis tools to create better service with less cost, and Lead Six Sigma DMAIC-style projects that drive service improvement and tangible financial benefits.


LC President Ricardo J. Solis said, “Our institution continues to expand program offerings to prepare Laredoans for successful careers. All this is possible through our numerous partnerships with outstanding organizations that support higher education initiatives.”


This innovative certification program was made possible due to the generosity of the Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust who donated $50,000 for the program certification. With this donation, our institution was able to partner with Variance Reduction International, Inc. to offer the best services and most updated tools for students to gain quality skills.


Senior Director of Strategic and External Initiatives Michael Gonzalez said, “We at the Laredo College EDC have a legacy of providing innovative and impactful short-term training to the local and regional business community. This Green Belt Certification provides critical skills that will directly lead to increases in efficiency.”


In order to take part in this certification, students provided their own internet access as well as access to a computer that included the audio and video capabilities to attend the course. Students worked to achieve 100% attendance, complete the process improvement project and pass the comprehensive exam with an 80% score or better in order to complete this certification. Approximately 20 students have benefitted from this bilingual course. Scholarships were provided to pay for tuition, fees and materials.


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