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03/15/05 Local manufacturers profit from process improvement training

Local manufacturers profit from process improvement training

Sierra College Center for Competitive Technologies trains employees in Lean Manufacturing

ROCKLIN - To stay competitive and profitable, Northern California manufacturers and technology companies are rethinking the way they do business. They are looking for ways to apply the latest manufacturing techniques, train employees to maximize their potential and analyze production to increase quality and efficiency. The Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) is helping businesses, from Sacramento to the Oregon border, with customized training and process improvement services.

Teledyne Microwave Electronic Components in Rancho Cordova increased production capacity equivalent to adding 19 employees as a result of the CACT's guidance in implementing "Five S," a Lean Manufacturing method to eliminate waste.

Carpenter Advanced Ceramics in Auburn engaged the Sierra College CACT to customize business, computer and management training for over 30 employees.

As a result of working with CACT, Oroville-based Roplast reduced set up times by an average of 44% after learning how to apply Lean Manufacturing principles.

Businesses can learn more about Lean Manufacturing and other process improvement methods by attending workshops, visiting manufacturing demonstration sites and requesting an on-site assessment. In addition, the CACT offers consulting services and customized employee training.

To assist employers in implementing process improvements, the CACT facilitates businesses through all aspects of Lean Manufacturing including Set-up Reduction, Supply Chain Management, Value Stream Mapping, Total Productive Maintenance. Visual Controls (Five S) and Change Management. In addition, individuals and teams benefit from skills training, customized to the industry and offered at convenient times at the worksite. Tailored to the company's needs and using relevant examples, the CACT offers training in: Business Management, Communication, Project management, Computer Skills, Leadership, Customer Service, Business Math and Writing and other business skills.

In addition, the CACT supports businesses with a wide variety of other courses such as cyber security, soldering, problem solving, blue printing reading, fork lift operating, English as a second language and handling hazardous materials.

The overall goal of the CACT program is economic growth in the region by helping manufacturing and technology companies become more profitable and training employees become more productive.

The Sierra College CACT is one of 15 centers state-wide and serves the Northern California region, not including the San Francisco Bay Area. The CACT works in concert with all of the community colleges in the region to ensure that local services are available to meet employers' needs. Funding for the CACT comes from the California Community College 's Economic and Workforce Development Division. For more information, visit our website at or contact Sandra Scott, Sierra College CACT Director at 916-660-7801.

Contact: Sue Michaels
Sierra College Marketing/Public Relations
(916) 781-0411, (916) 789-2878(fax)

Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies and Economic and Workforce Development
(916) 660-7801
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