Continuing Education to offer Sigma programs

April 19, 2004

Have you ever wondered how good an organization needs to be to succeed in a competitive global economy? Is a success rate of 99.4 percent good enough? "Actually, applying a 99.4 percent success rate to every day occurrences would mean the postal service would mishandle about 8,000 pieces of mail per hour; your drinking water would be unsafe about 6 or 7 minutes a day; and every week there would be about 2000 incorrect surgical procedures performed," explains John Blasdell, area representative in continuing education. The term "Six Sigma" is defined as a quality level that is so good that the defect rate is only 3.4 parts per million. The Six Sigma methodology is a disciplined, data driven approach to process improvement aimed at the near-elimination of defects from every product, process, and transaction. Penn State DuBois in collaboration with the University's Management Development Programs and Services has unveiled a series of Six Sigma programs for various levels of an organization.
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