Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Online

Help your organization improve processes and quality. 

"Lean Six Sigma" is a comprehensive set of principles many companies use for continuous improvement of their business processes.


  • Format: Online

    Hours: 20 hours / 2.0 CEUs

    When: Oct. 13 - Nov. 3, 2014

    Cost: $679 plus textbook

In this four-week online course, the University of Georgia introduces you to Lean Six Sigma principles.  You’ll become familiar with the overall methodology and basic tools of process improvement. You’ll gain an overview of Lean Six Sigma, equipping you to be a valuable participant in your organization’s process improvement projects.

The program includes:

  • audio presentations with corresponding visuals 
  • asynchronous discussion boards
  • weekly, instructor-led, live Web sessions to help you master the course material

What is Lean Six Sigma?

It combines several methodologies:

  • Six Sigma is an enterprise-wide, project-driven quality improvement approach that emphasizes a systematic approach to problem solving and making decisions based on data. Six Sigma results in increased customer satisfaction, improved quality and reduced costs.
  • DMAIC is a five-step methodology used for projects aimed at improving an existing business process.
  • Lean is a method that concentrates on reducing waste by improving work flow and eliminating mistakes.

Together, these methodologies provide companies a powerful means to delight their customers and improve bottom-line results. Initially implemented in manufacturing firms, Lean Six Sigma techniques are now being used by hospitals, educational institutions, banks, retail operations, insurance companies and other service-related industries to reduce waste, improve customer service, and reduce costs. 

Course Information

Course Date Info: 

October Session – Register Now
Monday, October 13 – Monday, November 3, 2014

Course Format: 
Course Fee(s): 

$679 (Does not include textbook) 

Continuing Education Information: 

20 hours/2.0 CUE's

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be awarded 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 

Dr. Mary McShane-Vaughn holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and an MS in Statistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in Flint, Michigan. She is currently principal at University Training Partners, a company that develops and delivers Lean Six Sigma training for corporations and universities.

Dr. McShane-Vaughn has created and delivered Yellow and Green Belt training courses to hundreds of faculty and administrators in the University System of Georgia. She is currently engaged in developing and delivering Lean Green Belt and Black Belt training for a top tier, private university in Georgia.

Previously, Dr. McShane-Vaughn was a faculty member at Southern Polytechnic State University for 8 years. There she directed and grew the Master of Science in Quality Assurance program and taught Statistics, Statistical Quality Control, Linear Regression and Design of Experiments in the graduate program. Her research interests include industrial statistics, robust experimental design and distance learning course delivery methods.

Before her career in academics, Dr. McShane-Vaughn worked for 15 years as a quality engineer and statistician in the automotive, medical device manufacturing, consumer products testing and revenue management industries.

Dr. McShane-Vaughn is currently the Six Sigma Black Belt Exam Chair for the American Society for Quality, and is a member of the Georgia Oglethorpe Board of Examiners, Georgia's equivalent of the National Malcolm Baldrige Award. Dr. McShane-Vaughn is a senior member of the American Society for Quality and the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and a member of the American Society for Training and Development, American Statistical Association and the American Society for Engineering Education. She holds ASQ certifications as a Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Engineer and Reliability Engineer.

The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook: A Quick Reference Guide to 100 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed [Paperback]

Authors: Michael L. George, John Maxey, David Rowlands , Mark Price
Paperback: 225 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (August 1, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0071441190
ISBN-13: 978-0071441193

This book may be available at your local bookstore and can be ordered online for under $20. Textbook references are identified by the book and page number icon in the online course presentation/materials.