Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) is excited to announce the addition of its Six Sigma Fundamentals course to be offered in May 2013.  Due to its continued popularity over the last three years, this course on quality initiatives from the Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions is being offered in the summer for the first time in its history.  Due to its status as a Continuing Education course, Six Sigma Fundamentals is open to enrollment by anyone in the community in addition to the staff, faculty, and students of WSSU.  The first day of class will be May 29, 2013 and the last day to enroll in the course is May 26, 2013 (pending space availability).

The Six Sigma Fundamentals course is designed to provide a comprehensive approach to the problem-solving methodology Lean Six Sigma, ISO 9000, and Business Process Mapping System (BPMS).  Upon successful completion of the course and of the Certification Test (included at the end of the course), participants can earn their certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt, one of the most sought-after credentials in the world of business and managerial operations.

This course marks the introduction of new WSSU instructor Richard Volant, a noted leader in Six Sigma technologies.  Mr. Volant, a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, has a history of leading Six Sigma projects which began 13 years ago at RR Donnelley Financial, where his endeavors led to total savings of over $400 million in the areas of reduced cycle times and variations, improvements in productivity and quality, and increases of on-time deliveries.  While at RR Donnelley, Mr. Volant developed many critical operating procedures and co-facilitated Green Belt and TPVR training.

In the last seven years, he has steadily moved up the ranks in quality control at Bank of America, where he is currently the Senior Vice President and Business Control Manager in which his primary focus is to direct the creation of quality control reports and to establish the best processes and necessary infrastructure to maximize his team’s performance.  All of Mr. Volant’s positions at Bank of America have been related to Six Sigma principles, as he has held posts in Quality and Change Delivery, Data Quality Management, and Quality Control Reporting and Analytics.  Mr. Volant earned a Bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and received his MBA degree from Wake Forest University, graduating in the top five of his class at WFU.

“We are excited to have such an outstanding talent as Mr. Richard Volant join us as the instructor for our Six Sigma Fundamentals course,” said Dr. Kenneth Bulls, Director of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions at WSSU, and a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma himself.  “Mr. Volant’s background in Six Sigma projects and his current position at Bank of America in quality control leave me no doubt that he will do a superior job teaching this course.”

To enroll in the summer 2013 course in Six Sigma Fundamentals, visit our website at www.wssu.edu/cess and select “Continuing Education.”  For more details about this or any of our Continuing Education courses, please contact Dr. Kenneth Bulls of the Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions at 336-750-2921 or bullswk@wssu.edu.

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