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Apply now for the July 2016-2017 Certified Public Manager® Program at UW Tacoma 

Learn the skills you'll need to move from first level supervisor into a higher level leadership position.  This nationally accrediated program will change how you see and interact with your work world and help you create personal and professional visibilty. Download a brochure. Come join us!  Read more...

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Winter Quarter Update

Leans Six Sigma Green Belt - Lacey  Sixteen state, city and private sector employees completed the requirements for a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt on March 25, 2016 showing the results of their process improvement projects in a gallery walk.  Participants included employees from Century Link, the City of Renton, Dept. of Health and Seattle U and other businesses.  One of the presentations focused on moving alternative energy sources for skating rinks as a cost and environmental savings for rink owners.


Leans Six Sigma Green Belt - Mukilteo  Thirteen north sound students presented their final gallery walk and sucessfully completed the LSS Green Belt class in Mukilteo on March 30, 2016.  This location is popular with Boeing Everett employees and a wide range of Boeing vendors as it is a short drive from the Everett plant, however, it is not all manufacturing. Attendees from the US Navy, local hospitals, food banks and other non-profits are also choosing this site closer to home. 

2016 Corporate Gold Star Award

We thank KeyBank for its support of UW Tacoma’s mission to educate diverse learners and transform communities by expanding the boundaries of knowledge and discovery.

Lean on Me: A Culture of Respect in the Workplace
December 3, 2015 by Larisa Benson (UW Tacoma KeyBank PDC) on MRSC

"Lean isn’t just about process improvements and efficiency. It also requires cultivating a culture of respect. In this third of a 3-part series on understanding the people side of lean we explore how focusing on staff can help overcome the common obstacles to lean implementation." See also, part 1 and part 2.

Workplace culture is about shared values. It shows up in what people do and how they treat one another, and in the ways that decisions are made and communicated. Organizational theorist Edgar Schein defines culture as “a pattern of shared basic assumptions” that can be recognized by the visual artifacts in the workplace along with verbally espoused beliefs, values, and basic underlying assumptions. Read more

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The KeyBank Professional Development Center is a joint venture between the South Puget Sound community and the University of Washington Tacoma to extend the resources of the university to the community. The center works with educational providers to offer a broad array of continuing education opportunities for public and private sector professionals and organizations in a range of disciplines.

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