Sunday November 1, 2015

TDO, Columbia College Launch Innovative Partnership

Emphasis is on teaching students lean approaches to business

    The Central New York Technology Development Organization and Columbia College of Missouri at Hancock Field has launched a new industry-academia partnership to provide Columbia College students with specialized, hands-on programs.

    The new offerings address the critical need of employers for workers with skills in continuous improvement and lean enterprise methods. These methods include frameworks, processes and tools to solve problems and pursue improvements in all aspects of a business including operations, engineering, accounting, human resources, and customer service. Employers in manufacturing, services, healthcare and government are increasingly becoming lean enterprises.

    The initial offering, Lean Foundations, began recently and includes current students at Columbia College, primarily adult learners pursuing bachelors and masters degrees. These lean programs will enhance students’ value to employers, increasing opportunities for expanding responsibilities and promotions. Future offerings will include Lean Applications, Lean Implementation, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

    The CNY TDO is the New York state-designated regional technology development center and NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center for Central New York. Its nonprofit mission is to help CNY manufacturers and technology businesses innovate, compete and grow. F
    or more information, visit www.tdo.org.