SOURCE: The College Network

The College Network

December 16, 2009 11:00 ET

The College Network Is Purdue University's New Lean Six Sigma Online Educational Services Provider

Innovative Curriculum Combines Six Sigma and Lean Principles in a Convenient Online Certificate

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - December 16, 2009) - The College Network™ is proud to announce that Purdue University selected its proprietary online education platform to host three new Purdue University "Lean Six Sigma" certificate courses. The College Network is currently enrolling students for the first Purdue University certificate course, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, which will begin in March 2010.

Lean Six Sigma is a business improvement framework that combines the Six Sigma methodologies with the cost reduction benefits of lean production techniques. Many companies and organizations in today's environment look to use the skills of Green Belts and Black Belts in Lean Six Sigma to improve efficiencies and remove faults in manufacturing and business processes.

"The online Lean Six Sigma program is a direct response to needs expressed by customers of Purdue University. It combines two popular and respected methodologies for improving processes and profits, and at the same time addresses requests for online delivery of instruction. The curriculum is designed to reach across disciplines, so enrollees will find themselves interacting in the online environment with representatives from healthcare, manufacturing, research and design, banking, armed forces and many other areas," says Vickie Maris, director, professional development programs, Engineering Professional Education at Purdue University.

"Purdue University has developed an online Lean Six Sigma program that will effectively help companies lower defects and improve overall quality," said Gary Eyler, Chairman and CEO of The College Network. "These new certificate courses are fully interactive, enabling students to learn faster and better retain critical information. By continuing to add ground-breaking programs from leading universities like Purdue, The College Network is expanding its ability to help working professionals reach their educational and career goals."

The Lean Six Sigma online program delivered through The College Network is yet one more way Purdue has responded to the needs of lifelong learners. The Lean Six Sigma online program is sponsored by the new Partnership for Competitive Advantage -- an affiliate program at Purdue focused on providing targeted educational solutions that align with the specific needs of learners in business settings. Purdue University is also working to add two additional certificate courses: Lean Advanced Methods and Tools, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

About The College Network, Inc.

Since 1992, The College Network has provided educational solutions that allow corporations to help employees advance their education and training with college degrees and professional certificates from highly acclaimed universities. As one of the nation's leading eLearning companies and a partner with some of the nation's foremost institutions of higher learning, The College Network has allowed hundreds of thousands of adults to continue their education without interruption to their professional lives. Visit or call 1-800-39-LEARN (395-3276) for more information.

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