Small business, manufacturers, and public agencies in Coshocton County can take advantage of the opportunity to get lean process training through the Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC) at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and the Coshocton County Chamber next month. "Introduction to the Lean Process: For Small Business, Manufacturers and Public Agencies" is available on Wednesday, April 5 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the COTC Coshocton campus, Montgomery Hall, 200 Whitewoman St.

The training is open to anyone in small business, manufacturing or the public sector (e.g. government agencies political subdivisions and subsidiaries, hospitals, emergency services, education). It is most effective for decision-makers and leaders in the organization; those with recognized leadership potential and those approaching advancement opportunities.

Lean concepts are primarily about maximizing customer value while minimizing wastefulness. A lean organization understands customer value and focuses its key processes to continuously increase it. Lean process training also introduces Six Sigma and Kaizen concepts such as removing variation in processes. Attendees will learn to operate simpler, faster, better and less costly organizations to better meet customer needs.

The half-day workshop is $59 per person and includes the program, training materials, and coffee/continental breakfast, plus the opportunity to network with others in Coshocton County.

For more information, contact: Vicki Maple, M.Ed., director of the Workforce Development Innovation Center at 740-364-9565 or Those interested can register and pay online:

The Workforce Development Innovation Center develops training programs and courses that provide innovative solutions to specific challenges within business and industry; helping their workforce to develop the skills, knowledge, and abilities they need to succeed. Customized contract training ranges from technical skill enhancement and safety certifications to soft skills development and preparation for professional designation exams.