How to assess training success, meet our new trainer, and more!
How to assess training success, meet our new trainer, and more!

Northwestern Michigan College

Training Services

Northern Lower Regional Office to the 

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

Monthly Newsletter
July | 22 | 2014

Training Success:  

How Do You Know?

By Richard Wolin, Director of Training Services and MMTC Northern Michigan Regional Office
July 2014

How do you assess the effectiveness of a training program?  This is a question our office takes very seriously.  Our aim is to deliver value to our clients in the classroom, in their workplace, and most importantly, after we leave.  Let’s look at an example of how we try to design our programs to deliver the maximum impact.
A number of weeks ago, I attended the graduation celebration for our NMC Lean Champion candidates. The individuals presented their final projects and learning experiences as part of the celebration event. Each person spoke about their Lean Champion experience in different terms: a few discussed what it meant to them personally, others presented specific projects they had completed, and still others talked about the impact of the projects on their organizations.
The audience was a mix of business owners, executives, managers, and front-line operators. I wondered about their view as observers. Given the wide range of experiences presented, did they think the program was successful?

Welcome to Training Services' Newest Trainer!

Kennith Scott

Kennith Scott has been a part of the manufacturing community since 2004.  Over the last decade he has held several manufacturing positions including Sr. Engineering Technician, Sr. Manufacturing Engineer, and Frontline Supervisor.  In each of these positions, Kennith has been deeply involved in Lean, SixSigma, and other continuous improvement methodologies including Toyota Kata.  He has achieved a Lean SixSigma Black Belt certification from a Fortune 500 company and global leader in Lean SixSigma.  
As a Manufacturing Engineer Kennith has led, participated in, or mentored dozens of SixSigma projects focusing on process improvement, new process, and new product introductions.  His project work has included such manufacturing processes as High Vacuum High Temperature Brazing, Precision Cleaning, and Laser Welding.  As a Frontline Supervisor and Manufacturing Engineer Kennith has led, participated in, or mentored over a hundred Lean Kaizen activities including but not limited to 5S, Standard Work, SMED, Value Stream Mapping, Single Piece Flow, and Pull Production.  Additionally as a Manufacturing Engineer he has been deeply involved in the APQP process including PFMEA, Run at Rate, and PPAP submittal activities.

You can contact Kennith Scott at or 231-995-2212. 


Skilled Manufacturing Inc. Aerospace Division Success Story

Drawing from its automotive expertise, SMI Aerospace was founded in 2008 to support the aerospace industry. Today, 78 employees are committed to producing critical components for commercial, military, business, and defense aircraft.
Training was prioritized for its employees when scrapped material costs rose to $250,000. SMI reached out to Cliff Kelto, a Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) expert and NMC instructor. Northwest Michigan Council of Governments and NMC helped to secure a $13,500 Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) grant to offset the cost of GD &T training. After assessing SMI’s needs, NMC crafted a program to address SMI’s specific needs. Pre‐ and post-assessments were used to gauge effectiveness and knowledge transfer. These assessments showed a 36.5% improvement.

6 Key Leadership Behaviors that Create a Culture of Continuous Improvement

This Blog Series by KaiNexus CEO Allan Wilson details 6 key leadership behaviors that, when properly executed, will create and sustain a thriving culture of continuous improvement:
  1. Lead with honesty, integrity, and respect

    An important trait all great leaders have is respect. They understand respect is earned, and they must treat people on their team with the same respect they themselves expect. Leaders must recognize that each member of the team brings something of value to the table and find a way of releasing the talent and innovation in the team through honest personal behavior and open communication.

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Upcoming Workshops

Effective Meetings

August 7, 2014; 12:30-4:30 PM; $195

Do you feel you spend more time sitting in pointless meetings than getting any real work done? Do you find yourself thinking you're having the same conversations over and over again? If so, this training will help you effectively plan, conduct, and evaluate meetings for continuous improvement.  Learn more»

Train-the-Trainer with the Active Learning Model
August 13, 2014; 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, $395

This training development and delivery model will help increase your effectiveness and confidence as a trainer. Learn and practice the six-step Active Learning Model to develop high-energy, effective training sessions with measurable results.
This course is being offered as a hybrid class with online pre-work followed by a one-day, eight-hour, hands-on skill development, practice, and feedback session. The purpose of the online work is to introduce the Active Learning Model concepts and allow more cycles of practice during the hands-on training day. Plan to spend between 1 to 11/2 hours  to complete the on-line portion of the course.  Learn More»

Lean Office Simulation

August 14, 2014; 12:30-4:30 PM; $99

Through an office simulation, become familiar with Lean concepts, basic principles, and objectives.  Whether you work in a service industry, education, government, or the office side of a manufacturing organization, you will see how Lean tools and techniques can help eliminate waste from processes and how to begin a Lean transformation within your organization.   Learn more»

Continuous Improvement for Healthcare Settings

August 20, 2014; 7:30-11:30 AM; $99

This four-hour class will provide an overview of continuous improvement principles based on the Toyota Production System including identifying and reducing waste, problem solving, and basic process improvement tools. While the focus will be on the application in clinical healthcare settings, several examples will be provided concerning application to medical office processes, including patient registration and billing.  Learn more»

Lean Manufacturing Champion

September 10, 2014 through February 18, 2015

$3,500 per participant; add an additional person for half price.
Learn to cut waste and cost out of your process while earning certification as a Lean Champion.  Deliverables: build internal capacity, facilitated Kaizen at your location, sustain continuous improvement, lean manufacturing simulation and project planning, facilitator and kata skills, problem solving, current and future state mapping with lean metrics, 5S workplace organization, cellular flow, kanban pull system, standard work and poke-yoke, SMED, and TPM.  Learn more»

Lean Office Champion

October 14, 2014 through March 17, 2015

$3,500 per participant; add an additional person for half price.

Build your organization’s internal lean capacity as a Lean Champion and learn how to facilitate continuous improvement projects in your workplace.  This six-month class will include tools for facilitating change, seeing waste in current processes, building more effective teams, increasing productivity while reducing stress, and improving the quality of services or products delivered to your customer.  Learn more»

 Lean Learning Consortium 

Monthly Learning Events


Michigan Lean Conference


Lean Innovation Tour at RJG, Inc.
To join the Lean Learning Consortium or register for events contact Lisa Rollin at or 231-995-2005

MMTC clients in Michigan reported the following project impacts for the past year:
$50,533,000 in new sales
$74,446,000 in retained sales
$40,766,992 in new investments
$18,693,390 in cost savings
Vicki Rumbach

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