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    Matthew
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    Hello. I am currently employed as a medical technologist in the Portland, Oregon area.
    My previous employer was gracious enough to allow me to attend the training for Change Facilitators, and I completed the CAP & Work-Out sessions. I then went back to the laboratory and started leading small weekly meetings using these tools.
    My next goal was to attend the Six Sigma or Lean training, but alas that oppurtunity did not present itself and I switched employers. My current employer uses a CQI improvement method and does not follow Lean or Six Sigma principles at all.
    My dillema is that I really took the CAP/Work-Out tools to heart and want to further this process. I’d like to use them in conjunction with Lean SixSigma somehow. Ideally, in a full-time paid position outside of the laboratory.
    The question is, how? Are online courses a cost effective and efficent means of accomplishing this? The local college offers a six sigma seminar as well.
    The end goal is finding employement doing change facilitation using six sigma/lean methods perferably in the health care industry.
    Any advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time in reading through this.

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    #61968

    annon
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    You can come out of pocket (2500-5000) for greem belt or black belt training or you can begin a new job search and target those organizations within your industry that have internal programs and/or have embraced the skill set.
    Good luck.

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    #61985

    Matthew
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    Thanks. I guess there really are only two options.
    1. Pay for it yourself.
    2. Get your employeer to pay for it.
    I am just leery of investing 2-3k in a program without it manifesting into a marketable job skill.

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    #61990

    BritW
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    Not sure how attached you are to Portland.  The closest hospital I know to you that does Six Sigma is in Kirkland, WA – by Seattle.  Looked on their wesite and didn’t see a medical technologist position posted, but doesn’t hurt to ask.  Hospital is Evergreen Healthcare if you want to browse their site.

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    #61994

    Lean Sigma in Houston
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    Matthew,
    I see a possible third option – self-paced train yourself.  I cannot attest to the quality of materials, but a recent low-cost providor offers Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training, entire robust four week program including instructor notes, data sets and templates in a PowerPoint presentation for $100.  (see http://www.opensourcesixsigma.com) Based on cost-benefit/risk analysis, you may want to invest and take this path to knowledge – If you do, let me know how materials are – good luck

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    #61996

    Bill M
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    Matthew & Lean Sigma, I’ve used their stuff. It’s excellent. They don’t do any training or consulting so you’ll have to find project support help somewhere else but the coursework itself is as good or better than I’ve seen anywhere.

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