Thirty-four Business Students Obtain Six Sigma Certification

Posted on 11/27/2017 2:36:35 PM

Thirty-four undergraduate 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.  

Six Sigma Participants Fall 2017The 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 years. 

Randi 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.”