and graduate students from the IUP Eberly College of Business and Information Technology completed
Six Sigma Yellow Belt training during October and November of the fall 2017 term. These
students worked from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on three Saturdays to further their
education outside of the traditional classroom coursework.
The Management Association,
one of Eberly’s student-run organizations, was proud to coordinate this activity
for business students. Alex Ickes, president of the Management Association, indicated
that Six Sigma certification helps students in their
internship and job searches. It is a data-driven approach and methodology for process
improvement and for eliminating defects in any process from product to service.
Six Sigma was
introduced in 1986 by Bill Smith, an employee of Motorola. The program was
quickly introduced into several other companies, most notably General Electric.
The trend and use of this certification has continued to grow through the
Morris, senior operations and management major, attended the training and
obtained her certification. “I really appreciated that Eberly and the
Management Association sponsored this activity for us” said Morris. “Even though it was more work to come in on
Saturdays for another class, I learned a lot about efficiencies and feel that
this will really benefit me in the workplace.”