Course & Workshop Schedule

Current public courses and workshops are listed below. Click on the title for details / descriptions. For further information, contact Sharon Andersohn at (630) 505-0500 ext. 235.

* Illinois BIS may have grant funding for eligible companies. Contact us for information.
CEUs available upon request.


WEBINAR:    Business Communication: Listening Skills for Effective Collaboration

Join us for a morning webinar that is part of our NEW Business Communication Series. The second topic in the series will help you master the listening skills to effectively collaborate with your coworkers - including a Q&A session.

July 8     10:00 - 11:00 am CST     


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Jul 2110 am - 3 pm
with 1 hour break for lunch
$700 ($350 with grant)*July 21, 22, 23 & 24 -- ONLINE / REMOTE

Description:   This training is designed for individuals who have little to no experience managing projects, those who feel the need to strengthen their project management skill sets, and those who support project managers and project teams. Participants will learn how to: assess the project's environment to determine the right tools to use when managing the project, plan a project to achieve success and use important tools to successfully manage, execute, and control the project.

Topics include:
  • Defining success in project management
  • Understanding what can go wrong in a project, and their causes
  • Assessing the project to determine appropriate tools, based on risk factors
  • Identifying the appropriate tools to use, based on the project's risk factors
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Jul 239 am - 10:30 am$25Morning Seminar

Description:   Is your prospecting as effective as it could be? Are you reaching the right people with the right message? Join us for a NEW morning seminar. Philip Krone, President of Productive Strategies Inc. of Northfield, IL, will conduct a 90-minute workshop to help you improve your prospecting by offering practical ideas, techniques, and actions. He will present a series of thought-provoking ideas to consider before you begin to prospect, while you are prospecting, and afterwards.

Questions that you might have about business development will be answered. The workshop will also help you improve your "elevator" speech, and the results you receive from networking.

Topics include:
  • Learn how consultative selling is used in prospecting
  • What changes in prospecting are taking place due to the C19 marketplace
  • How to leverage research results in prospecting
  • Understanding your business model
  • What differentiates you from competition
  • Social media awareness and activity
  • Selling & networking skills "best practices"
  • Creating value with your communications
  • Using a CRM
  • "Multi-Touch" prospecting
  • Evaluating response rates - learn what works
  • Having a follow-up plan in place


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Aug 078 am - 4 pm$350One-day workshop

Description:   This training provides participants with an introduction to the tools of measurement systems analysis. These topics apply to every company performing measurement of quality characteristics, and are required for all companies registered to ISO/TS 16949.

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Aug 208 am - 4 pm$2,600 ($1,300 with grant)*August 20, 27, September 10, 16, 23, 30

Description:   Six Sigma Green Belt Training is a hands-on program designed for those team members who will actually implement the projects identified as improvement opportunities. This class will teach you how to apply the DMAIC process to your own work processes. Homework assignments may include implementation of the project at your company site.

This course introduces the application of DMAIC - Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control to solve problems and improve processes. The course introduces the participants to a hands-on learning experience that will give them the tools and knowledge necessary to get significant results from their problem solving efforts.

Overview of DMAIC:
  • Be able to identify the steps and proper progression of DMAIC
  • Understand the outputs necessary for each step
  • Gain an idea of the various tools used for each step
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Aug 288 am - 4 pm$350One-day workshop -- ONLINE / REMOTE

Description:   This course challenges shop floor practitioners to take an active role in quality improvement by introducing Quality Management concepts and the impact of quality on the business model. An overview of common quality concepts, terminology and tools are presented, enabling participants to interpret basic reports so that connections can be made between quality goals and current performance.

  • Improve communication and cooperation between Production, Engineering, Quality, and Sales functions
  • Reduce lead time for inspections
  • Improve prediction of variation effects on product function and manufacturing efficiency
  • Improve control of production processes
Who Should Attend: Machine operators, quality control inspectors, group leaders and supervisors, manufacturing personnel, and sales staff.

Prerequisite: Participants must have skills in the application of basic math operations to solve typical manufacturing and drawing interpretation problems.

This workshop is part of our Essential Skills for Operators and Inspectors - Certificate Program:
1. Blueprint Reading
2. Inspection Using GD&T
3. Precision Measurement
4. Introduction to Quality

Participants can sign up for individual classes or take the whole program. Full Program Fee: $1,800 ($900 w/grant)
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Aug 318 am - 4 pm$8,000 ($4,000 with grant)*
includes lunch
August 31
September 1, 8, 9, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29
October 5, 6, 13, 14, 19, 20, 26 & 27
November 2 & 3

Description:   The Lean and Six Sigma methodologies work together as a combined long-term business strategy that can produce exceptional results. The purpose of the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification program is to prepare Team leaders to lead and implement improvement projects using the proven DMAIC methodology, and Lean Tools.

The training includes 160 hours of classroom time, with hands-on, demanding and thorough instruction. During training, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt participants work on an actual identified management-approved project that can realize at least $100,000 in cost savings to the organization. The instructional design process involves learning a technique and then applying it to the working project.

The class is instructor-led and offers numerous exercises and examples designed to help the participant learn tools and techniques to eliminate waste and improve productivity, and to achieve lasting financial results.


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Sep 098 am - 4 pm$700September 9 & 10

Description:   Statistical Process Control is a powerful tool that can be used to predict percent conformance to specifications and help improve quality throughout a company. Learn a straightforward approach to setting up and maintaining an effective SPC program in your company. Participants will be able to apply these techniques immediately.

SPC can be applied whether you operate in a long or short run environment.

Key Topics:
  • Introduction to Statistical Process Control
  • Predicting Percent Conformance
  • Process Potential and Capability Studies
  • Traditional and Short Run Variable Charting
  • Traditional and Short Run Attribute Charting
  • Pattern Analysis
Who Should Attend: This class is intended for Quality Engineers, Technicians, Managers, Engineers, Engineering Technicians, Manufacturing Engineers, Production Managers, and Supervisors