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SPRINGFIELD — Lean Business and Manufacturing classes will be offered at Springfield Technical Community College STCC). Learn how to identify and reduce wasted time, energy and resources on the job. The class itself becomes a hands-on factory simulation where students become part of a team and put what they learn to immediate use. Participants will see how the tools of Lean and 5S fit into the streamlining process. Six Sigma: Highlights of the program will include: Introduction to Six Sigma — Process Mapping — Cause and Effect Diagram — Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) — Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) — Project Selection — Team Building — Brain Storming. Statistical Process Control: Highlights of the program will include: Introduction to Process Control — Process Centering — Process Spread — Basic Statistics — Causes of Variation — Pareto — Bell Curve — Attributes versus Variables. Lean Healthcare: The class becomes a hospital simulation where each participant is assigned a role in the ailing Mercy Me Medical Center. Through a combination of lecture and three rounds of the hands-on adult learning environment, participants identify and eliminate the eight different types of inefficiencies. Participants will walk away energized and ready to get Lean. Classes are taught by Herb Robbins, a Lean Six Sigma Certified Master Black Belt with more than 25 years in the fields of Quality Improvement and Operational Excellence. Detail class description is available at www.stcc.edu/wd. Take one course or all three. Successful completion of a Lean class (either Healthcare or Manufacturing), Six Sigma and Statistical Process Control, will meet the requirements of a Yellow Belt.
The Workforce Development office at STCC has announced that applications are now being accepted for their popular Professional Pharmacy Technician Program. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase significantly during the next few years as the increased number of middle-aged and elderly people who use more prescription drugs than younger people will spur demand for technicians. Annual salaries range from $23,000 to $30,000 in the greater Springfield area. The 105-hour Professional Pharmacy Technician Program is designed to teach students the fundamentals and particulars of being a pharmacy technician and has been designated as an approved training program by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy. The program is geared towards a variety of students including those interested in becoming pharmacy technicians, pre-pharmacy students, or those with a healthcare background looking to strengthen their current skills. This class introduces students to various pharmacy practice settings and covers drug classes, basic physiology, drug interactions, and daily pharmacy operations. Although on the job training is still an essential part of pharmacy training, this course will train individuals to effectively assist in pharmaceutical preparations and complete daily required tasks in any pharmacy environment. This class will introduce students to various pharmacy practice settings and will intensively cover drug classes, basic physiology, drug interactions, and daily pharmacy operation. This program provides participants with a preparation for national certification exams and meets the requirements of the Massachusetts and Connecticut Boards of Pharmacy for the registration of Pharmacy Technicians.
STCC’s Workforce Develop-ment office will offer “Preparation for the Real Estate Exam,” a state approved course for those interested in becoming licensed real estate salespersons. This program starts Sept. 6 and will meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. STCC also partners with the Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Appraisers to offer training to prepare individuals for a career in real estate appraisal. Regulations of the Commonwealth of Mass-achusetts require that those interested in becoming real estate appraisers pass a licensing exam. In order to qualify to take this exam, individuals must complete a specified number of hours of education in an approved program, such as that offered at STCC, as well as apprenticeship hours working under a licensed appraiser. Upcoming courses include: Basic Appraisal Principles; Basic Appraisal Procedures; Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP); USPAP update. STCC has also partnered with Cengage Learning CompuTaught (dba Career WebSchool) to offer online continuing education and exam preparation courses for Real Estate Appraisers in Massachusetts. Space is limited in all programs and interested individuals should go to www.stcc.edu/wd/specialinterest/#Real_Estate. Additional details may also be obtained by calling the Workforce Development office at 755-4502 or 755-4225. Bookmark and Share

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