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Lean Quality

Technical Certificate

10 Credits | Less than 1 year

Ashland, Hayward, Ladysmith, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior

After completing the Lean Quality certificate, you’ll be able to work with and understand day-to-day lean enterprise initiatives and challenges in most organizations. You’ll also be prepared to assist in working with and developing successful productive teams focused on customer service excellence.

Program Overview

In a combination of learning the “on the floor” lean quality process tools and studying an applying leadership practices, you’ll be able to deliver quality initiatives in a workplace. You can pick from either the manufacturing process approach or services process approach. Program courses are current, relevant to today’s business challenges and students practice and apply management and leadership principles in real world situations.

Program Outcomes

Lean Quality graduates will be able to:

  • Lead and apply Kaizen initiatives
  • Create and use value stream mapping processes
  • Implement 5 S programs
  • Incorporate the key components of Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma into a working environment


Topics learned in this course include lean enterprise principles and tools, value stream mapping, 5S, Kaizen implementation and management for improvement.

Experienced Instructors

WITC is large enough to serve you but small enough to know you. The experienced faculty are knowledgeable, approachable, and eager to help. The sizes of your classes will allow for the attention you deserve.

Cutting-Edge, Relevant Curriculum

Continuous networking with business professionals, employers, and recent graduates keeps your courses up to date and applicable to your future career.  

Real-World Based

The curriculum centers on what actually happens in the world of business within the WITC region, as well as nationally and internationally.  


Depending on whether you take the service or manufacturing approach curriculum, you’ll complete either 4 or 5 classes to earn 10 credits. Upon completion of the certificate, you’ll be able to lead and apply Kaizen initiatives, create and use value stream mapping processes, implement 5S programs, and incorporate the key components of lean enterprise and Six Sigma into a working environment.

Explore the Curriculum

Featured Lean Quality Courses

| 2 CR
Quality is all about implementing improvement. Quality Tool Box (QTB) is all about studying and then applying the many different types of tools to actually make things happen out “on the floor.” Tools to be studied and applied: Value Stream Mapping Techniques, 5S Processes, DMAIC, Tools for Quality Planning, and Tools for Continuous Improvement.
| 2 CR
Statistical Process Control is an introductory course that covers the beginning/basic perspective of statistical processes and tools used in business and industry. Tools and processes include histograms, control charts, capability analysis and Pareto diagrams. Other topics of discussion and group activities will include the philosophy of quality, benefits of prevention over detection, and techniques and statistics for everyday life.
| 1 CR
This course takes a hands-on approach with the key concepts of Six Sigma being delivered in a form of a conversation between a recently unemployed manager and an old friend that has been successful in part because of Six Sigma. It culminates with the application of Six Sigma to various feedback surveys and to the development of an outline of a Six Sigma training program.

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a WITC counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That’s it!

Tuition and Fees

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Estimated Total Program Costs*

Lean Quality

10 Credits | Less than 1 year


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the WITC Lean Quality Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Lean Quality certificate. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Sara Eckstein

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Cindy Miller

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243



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