Military and Veteran Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification Scholarships are now available. The scholarships are provided by the Six Sigma Management Institute (Scottsdale, Arizona) in conjunction with Dr. Mikel J. Harry, co-creator of Six Sigma, national bestselling author on the subject and working philanthropist.
The official scholarship program name is Six Sigma Wings for Heroes. This program has been specifically designed, funded and sponsored to provide qualified active and reservist duty US military personnel, transitioning soldiers and veterans, as well as their immediate family members, with the opportunity to greatly improve the odds of gaining meaningful employment and significantly increasing income, as well as extending vertical and horizontal job mobility.
Without question, there is an exceptionally high level of credibility behind the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification associated with this scholarship program. Naturally, such a level of credibility goes a long way toward realizing job placement, higher income, career advancement and job mobility. For example, as of Jan 29, 2013, Indeed.com reported the average base salary for Lean Six Sigma jobs was $98,000, not including bonuses and benefits. On the same date, there were 17,854 postings for Six Sigma jobs.
Dr. Harry, a former US Marine Corps officer, was quoted in a recent interview with Today’s Campus magazine as saying: “Trend analysis clearly shows a sharp increase in the demand for Lean Six Sigma Black Belts over the past several years.” He continued by saying: “In light of the facts, the aim of Six Sigma for Heroes is to enhance the job opportunities for those that honorably served in the defense of our great nation.” This is our way of saying Thank You for Your Service.
In support of this, Employment Crossing, a major employment agency, was recently quoted as saying: “Job opportunities in the Black Belt [Lean Six Sigma] profession are high if one is driven by a passion for quality. Future prospectus of these jobs is very high and if you perform well then the sky is the limit.”
Profile of a Black Belt
Black Belts are highly trained Six Sigma experts who possess the knowledge and skills that are necessary to facilitate breakthrough improvements in key processes that support the overall aims of an enterprise or operating unit. They serve as change agents, internal consultants, mentors to Green Belts and assistants to Six Sigma Champions.
Black Belts optimize existing technology, or bring new technologies on line at optimal operating conditions and are the masters of problem solving. They have the technical and leadership capability to improve the performance of virtually any type of process, regardless of complexity or output volume. Black Belts also tackle and solve specific process-oriented or design-centric problems that have a negative impact on customer satisfaction, operating costs, capability, capacity, cycle time and other performance-related metrics.
Black Belt Training Program
Black Belt students will focus on obtaining an in-depth understanding of the Six Sigma principles and implementation tactics, along with advanced applications in the areas of descriptive statistics, benchmarking, process control techniques, process diagnostic methods and experimental design.
The student will learn the importance of quantitative data and its vital role in successful problem solving, as well as the importance of sample size and how to administer a sampling scheme. In addition, the student will discover how the key tools are blended and sequenced to form a scientific and repeatable process for solving critical manufacturing, engineering, service, administrative, and business related process problems.
Black Belt students will be taught how to scope projects, define them and lead their implementation in addition to learning other essential skills including application of DMAIC, the methodology for process improvement. The student will also learn how to identify the key input variables that directly affect process output.
Furthermore, Black Belt students will work through a Digital Application Project that will allow them to exercise all the tools taught during the course of their training, as well as understand the methodology and steps needed to carry out an on-site value-centric project.
Throughout the learning process, students are fully supported by way of one-on-one remote coaching from recognized subject matter experts, as well as other key resources such as an optional field manual that mirrors the Black Belt curriculum.
Upon completion of Six Sigma Black Belt training, students will have the expertise and technical knowledge required to successfully implement Six Sigma and sustain the resulting gains.
In this regard, the successful student will discover how to propel their respective organizations toward best-in-class status by reducing costs, improving cycle times, eliminating defects and significantly increasing customer satisfaction.
The total instructional time for this program is approximately 160 hours, not including time for personal study, executing the digital project or completing the certification exams. The typical start-to-finish time is usually 6-8 months and will vary depending on the student’s prevailing circumstances and constraints.
The Learning Platform
MindPro® is an online Lean Six Sigma training and certification system. Dr. Harry and his staff worked 4 years to realize its design and function. Although primarily used to prepare, certify and support Lean Six Sigma Black Belts and Green Belts, it offers a host of other supporting programs and wide array of documentation and application tools.
Through Dr. Harry’s unique Over-the-Expert’s-Shoulder training videos, as well as its many other features and benefits, MindPro® has proven itself to be an effective and cost efficient way to deliver high quality training and certification to those that need it – anytime, anywhere, on-demand.
As a matter of his authoritative credibility and demonstrated success, Dr. Harry’s Six Sigma teachings have been used and endorsed by many of the world’s top corporations and institutions. His work has been widely acclaimed in numerous bedrock publications, both nationally and internationally.
So, when you earn your Six Sigma credential from Dr. Harry through his MindPro® System, you can rest assured it will be highly respected throughout industry and serve as a strong testament to your Lean Six Sigma competencies. The rewards of this credential are many.
To learn more, visit the Official SSMI Military Scholarship Website.
Business Phone: 480.515.0890
Business Email: Mikel.Harry@SS-MI.com
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