Three-day Introduction to and Application of Lean Production

#1303 | July 18, 2012

Let’s Talk Lean!

Savannah Tech offers 3-day Introduction to and Application of Lean Production

SAVANNAH – Business owners can create more value for their customers with fewer resources, using the core principle of the lean business model. Savannah Technical College’s Professional Continuing Education will offer this three-day (24-hour) introduction and explanation of techniques and implementation of lean production values.

     Toni Kennedy, Owner/President of GEMBAlean, brings more than two decades as a trainer and is Lean Senior Manager for TRW. She will lead the three-day course covering topics including: The 7 Wastes, Where You Should Start, Management by Site, Standardized Work, Communication/Continuous Improvement, One Piece Flow, Quick Changeover and Implementing Lean.

     The course will be offered from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on August 14-16 at the Crossroads campus of Savannah Technical College. The cost is $1,000 per person, and there is a corporate rate available. To register or for more information, contact Reeshemah Johnson at 912.443.5808 or email

     Lean thinking changes the focus of management from optimizing separate technologies, assets, and vertical departments to optimizing the flow of products and services through entire value streams that flow horizontally across technologies, assets, and departments to customers.

     Businesses in all industries and services, including healthcare and governments, are using lean principles as the way they think and do. The word transformation or ‘lean transformation’ is often used to characterize a company moving from an old way of thinking to lean thinking. It requires a complete transformation on how a company conducts business. This takes a long-term perspective and perseverance. The term “lean” was coined to describe Toyota’s business during the late 1980s by a research team headed by Jim Womack, Ph.D., at MIT’s International Motor Vehicle Program.

     Savannah Technical College’s Professional Continuing Education pledges to provide professional short-term job training and community interest classes for Savannah Technical College’s four-county service area and offers many paths to high-wage, high-performance careers. No previous college experience, entrance exams or high school diploma/GED are required to participate in its classes.


For More Information Contact:
Amy Shaffer, APR

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (