Kaplan University launches online Six Sygma certificate

Davenport, IA, Nov. 16, 2006 – Kaplan University announced today the introduction of an online Six Sigma Certificate program for working professionals interested in leading complex process improvements.  Six Sigma methodologies are designed to help businesses improve productivity and generate tangible savings. 


“In today’s global economy, large companies increasingly rely on process improvement to maintain quality and manage costs,” said Kristina Belanger, Vice President, Continuing and Professional Studies, Kaplan University.  “As the demand for the Six Sigma method grows, so too does the demand for Six Sigma-certified professionals.”


The Six Sigma Certificate is a self-study program that can be completed in six months for the Green Belt level, and 12 months for the advanced Black Belt level.  Six Sigma students will learn to more effectively manage quality improvements in both processes and projects.  The curriculum includes learning how to define project goals, measure existing performance, and analyze defects to eliminate them from business processes. 


Professionals with Six Sigma certification typically earn nearly 10 percent more than those without certification, according to the American Society of Quality 2004 Salary Survey. The typical salary for a Six Sigma Black Belt is $88,858. Several of the largest companies in the U.S., including General Electric, use the Six Sigma program. It can be incorporated into every facet of a business, including production, human resources, accounts receivable and technical support.


Kaplan University will begin enrollment in the certificate program immediately.  To learn more visit www.kaplanuniversitynews.com.


Kaplan University, based in Davenport, Iowa, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).  Kaplan University currently serves more than 26,000 online and on-ground students.



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