Press Release for Friday, February 15, 2008

UNF Partners with Local Lean Consortium to Offer Courses

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida Division of Continuing Education and The Center for Quality is partnering with the Jacksonville Lean Consortium to offer custom training programs and lean courses to local businesses.

The collaboration will allow The Center for Quality to offer all Jacksonville Lean Consortium members custom-designed training programs. Additionally, it will provide a platform to promote the benefits of Six Sigma/Lean courses—programs that allow organizations to improve profitability through increases in productivity, quality and customer satisfaction—to Jacksonville businesses.

“This partnership will allow all of those engaged in the Lean movement to have available the resources of the Jacksonville Lean Consortium as well as UNF,” said Bob Wood, dean of the UNF Division of Continuing Education. “The JLC is one of the best lean consortiums in the nation and UNF has a tremendous reputation for quality in the Southeastern United States, so this is a natural fit.”

The UNF Center for Quality will design and implement a series of Lean higher-level courses in addition to Six Sigma courses for members of the Jacksonville Lean Consortium.

“The agreement with the UNF Center for Quality provides Consortium members the opportunity to get training in the more intermediate and advanced topics of not only Lean but also Six Sigma and ISO. Our relationship with UNF helps the Consortium take its offerings to its members to a higher level,” said Joe Rizzo, executive director for the Jacksonville Lean Consortium.

The Center for Quality will offer JLC members a 20 percent discount on all of the Lean designed courses. The techniques and tools learned in these courses will be easily adapted to the objectives, roles and goals within the Consortium.