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Ohio State University's Fisher College Of Business Teams With MoreSteam.com To Deliver Six Sigma Training

July 23, 2003 - Columbus, Ohio - Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business is responding to a growing trend among businesses toward implementing Six Sigma as a means of developing and delivering near-perfect products and services.

The college offers two Six Sigma training options through Executive Education, including a full suite of online courses and a blended Black Belt program. In partnership with MoreSteam.com, Fisher College's online courses are available at three learning levels: Black Belt, Green Belt and Yellow Belt. The blended program incorporates online learning with classroom sessions to increase flexibility and lower the overall cost of training without losing the human touch.

"Companies are increasingly challenged to produce more results with less cost and fewer errors," said Peter Ward, associate professor of management sciences at Fisher College. One way to do that is by implementing Six Sigma, a measurable, systematic approach that can be embraced by employees at different levels within the organization.

"In today's market, businesses need employees skilled in effective process improvement tools, which is why we have introduced the Six Sigma Black Belt program into executive education and the MBA curriculum as well," said Dean Joseph A. Alutto. "Offering this lower-cost, compact training option makes Six Sigma accessible to small and medium size companies seeking to implement this valuable program."

Booze Allen & Hamilton, United Health Care, Key Bank, CNF, and BankOne are among the companies that have participated in Fisher College's previous Six Sigma programs. Participants of these programs have commented on the immediate value of their new skills. Craig Libby, vice president of new product development at a major bank said that "Fisher's Six Sigma course helped me develop real tools that I am applying to our product development initiatives. The program delivered high-quality Black Belt training in less time and at a fraction of the cost of other Six Sigma programs."

Individuals may register for and begin the online and blended courses at any time. The next classroom sessions for the blended course are scheduled for October 20-24, 2003 and April 14-18, 2004. Upon successful completion, continuing education units (CEUs) are available.

For more information about Fisher College's Six Sigma eLearning offerings, or to register for an online course, please visit www.moresteam.com/university/osu.cfm. For more information on

Fisher's blended program, please visit: http://fisher.osu.edu/exec/operations/sixsigma/index.htm. To register for the Six Sigma web-leveraged blended program, please contact Lisa Antolino, Director of Marketing and Outreach for Fisher College's executive education programs, at 614-292-7780 or by e-mail at antolino_28@cob.osu.edu.


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