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Calhoun Announces Certified Quality Community Initiative

May 2, 2017

Decatur, AL -- Calhoun Community College President Dr. Jim Klauber today announced the college’s Certified Quality Community Initiative, designed to create a culture of quality throughout Calhoun’s service area.

The initiative kicked off in September 2016, when Klauber and members of the Calhoun administrative team completed Lean Champion and Process Owner training.  Since then, a total of 96 employees have completed Lean for Higher Education.  According to Klauber, plans are for all of the college’s 400 full-time employees to complete the training.

Graduates of the first Calhoun Lean in Higher Education class recently completed their first quality improvement project which focused on streamlining the hiring process for non-credit instructors.  The new “Lean” process increased efficiency by reducing the lead-time for hiring these instructors by nearly 50%.  

As part of the Certified Quality Community Initiative, continuous quality improvement training and certifications will be provided to all public and private Pre-K through 12th grade students and educators. Local citizens, community organizations, and business & industry representatives will also be included with the goal of developing and reaching the high standards of the first Certified Quality Community certification and recognition.   

“This initiative is an example of the bold ideas that are a part of Calhoun’s 21st Century Community, Economic and Education strategic plan our faculty and staff are developing,” said Klauber.  “We are proud to support community and economic development throughout our region through this new initiative,” Klauber added.

Calhoun’s Workforce Solutions (CWS) division currently offers a wide range of Lean and Six Sigma courses as well as customized quality training for business and industry.  For more information on these training opportunities, contact Jennifer Geiger, CWS Project Manager, Cyber Security & ASQ, at 256-306-2584 or jennifer.geiger@calhoun.edu.