Appalachian State University MBA student Mitchell Powers has earned Green Belt Certification from the Council of Six Sigma Certification.
The Lean Six Sigma approach to process quality provides organizations with a consistent methodology and common terminology for continuous improvement. It combines best methods today to improve quality, speed, productivity and cost. Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business instructs students in using these methodologies to solve complex business problems and identify improvement opportunities.
Powers, who is set to graduate May 2021 with concentrations in business analytics and supply chain management, said Supply Chain Management Professor Dinesh Davé was instrumental in his achievement, which he believes will make him stand out to employers and open doors in his career.
“The Green Belt Certification is an investment in myself and a natural extension of my classroom experience,” said Powers. “Taking Dr. Davé’s course was of the utmost importance in passing the examination.”
Appalachian offers the lean six sigma course as part of the MBA curriculum.
Powers said that students with similar aspirations should consider:
- Joining App State’s undergraduate program in supply chain management or choosing an MBA concentration in supply chain management.
- Conducting individual research related to Lean Six Sigma and developing a good working knowledge of how to apply the tools and practices involved. Powers noted that there are many free, beneficial resources available online.
- Not worrying about who you certify through and focus more on getting the certification.
“Go for it," said Powers. "I think [Lean Six Sigma] is critical for success in any industry and organization that you choose!"
About Six Sigma Certification
The Council for Six Sigma Certification (CSSC) was established in 2005 by leading Six Sigma trainer and mentor Craig Setter. The goal has always been simple: to create a set of standards that will help training programs and institutions across the globe teach effective and applicable Six Sigma certification courses. Our accreditation program contributes to the Six Sigma industry by making sure that training and certification providers are offering courses that cover key fundamentals of Six Sigma methodology. Ultimately, we want to help both the Six Sigma industry, as well as the businesses and business professionals who use Six Sigma to improve their projects and performance. Learn more at sixsigmacouncil.org.
About Appalachian's MBA Program
Appalachian State University's MBA Program provides educational experiences to prepare our students for life-long learning and professional leadership responsibilities in a dynamic global environment. The program provides individualized attention through extensive student-faculty collaboration and offers frequent networking and team building opportunities. Flexible programming allows each student to receive the best educational experience possible through full-time on-campus or part-time online programs. For more information, visit mba.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian’s Supply Chain Management BSBA Program
The BSBA degree in Supply Chain Management (SCM) at Appalachian State University provides students skills and knowledge in logistics, operations, strategic sourcing, six sigma and supply chain technologies, enabling them to compete in the global marketplace. Companies focus on SCM as a way to not only reduce costs and improve profits but also expand into international markets. Learn more.