[SOLD OUT] Spring 2020 Continuous Improvement Champion Certification (CICC)


Date(s) - 03/10/2020 - 06/02/2020
Time(s): 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Metro Center Building – 1st Floor
Address: 350 Church Street Hartford CT 06103

Watch this 3 minute video on how CICC is transforming CT manufacturers:


Owners & Employees Rave about This Lean Training Course

“If you think you’re effective now, and you think you have what it takes to really develop a product, you really don’t know anything until you have gone through this program.” – Jim Jamra, Kaman Precision

“CONNSTEP fills a really important role for us and is a tremendous resource. We continue to send employees to the CICC program including our newest employees who make up our ninth generation in the business. Our Millennials here are being trained to apply Lean thinking from day one to help sustain the improved processes that are now in place!”
– John Lyman III, The Lyman Farm, Inc. dba Lyman Orchards

CICC Delivers Notable Financial Improvements

  • 47-employee medical equipment manufacturer realized a 90% reduction in lead time,
    reduced cycle time 23% and reduced WIP 75% for $50,000 in savings.
  • 120-employee glass product manufacturer reduced lead time 65%,
    increasing gross sales margins 5.4%.
  • 140-employee aerospace component manufacturer reduced cycle time 20%,
    reduced WIP 67%
    , and reduced utilized floor space 53%.
  • 50-employee electronic power distribution manufacturer
    reduced lead time 74% for $30,000 in annual savings.

The tools provided with the CICC program will allow you to lead improvement initiatives to create greater value at your company by:

  • eliminating waste
  • standardizing work
  • increasing production through batch-size reduction
  • improving work flow with layout changes
  • developing Kanban systems to better control the flow of resources in your production process
  • applying 5S to your work areas to improve organization and standardization

As a student, you will complete a Mentored Lean Project on-site at your facility, an estimated $7,000 value, as part of this unique Lean training course in Continuous Improvement. Ongoing ROI results from your Continuous Improvement Champions promoting Lean thinking, multiplying your continuous improvement capabilities by ‘training the trainer.’ Lean is a business strategy focused on improving productivity by maximizing value-added activities while eliminating waste. It allows organizations to be more efficient and customer-focused making your business better prepared to face competitive challenges.

Not sure how CICC will impact your company operations? E-mail us for more information!

Download our CICC brochure to learn more about the curriculum covered during the 13-week course.

CICC Booklet


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The certification process for the CICC program is as follows:

  1. Attend and participate in all classes
  2. Complete an impactful project utilizing the Lean methodology
  3. Ongoing mentor assessments
  4. Instructor review of progress
  5. Awarding of certificates:
    a) Participants present their projects on the last day of classes and receive a certificate noting their successful completion of classroom requirements.
    b) Within 45 days of classroom completion, participants must submit their project summary report with measurable results (validated by their sponsor) and will receive certification as a Continuous Improvement Champion.

Spring session begins Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Class Schedule

3/10/20   Lean Principles & Practices
3/17/20   Problem Solving & Mistake Proofing
3/24/20   Value Stream Mapping – Current State / Lean Office
3/31/20   5S / Set Up Reduction
4/07/20   Mentoring Week (No Class)
4/14/20   Cell Design / Kanban
4/21/20   Value Stream Mapping – Current State / Kaizen / Visual Management
4/28/20   Team Development & Facilitation / TWI Job Relations / Performance Measurement & Management
5/05/20   Mentoring Week (No Class)
5/12/20   TPM / Green / Supply Chain
5/19/20   TWI Job Instruction / Standard Work
5/26/20  Mentoring Week (No Class)
6/02/20  Project Report Out


50% Funding is available for eligible CT manufacturers with under 2000 employees, sending full-time employees from CT facilities only. Discount of $500 for multiple participants from same company will be applied.

(Regular registration Fee: $5,595 for single registration for all others who are ineligible. Any balance is due by February 25, 2020)

Registration includes all course materials as well as parking, breakfast & lunch at each classroom session. You will receive an email soon after your submission from your area CONNSTEP representative to finalize your CICC terms and confirm your space(s).

Registration is transferable; substitutions may be made up to 48 hours prior to the start of the course.

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CT manufacturer Pegaasus

Chris DePentima

CEO, Pegasus Manufacturing Inc.

“I see great value in the new experiences and perspectives CONNSTEP brings to our business, at reasonable prices. They’re not like consultants, they’re like partners in the business – willing to roll up their sleeves and help.”

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Mark Burzynski

President, Arthur G Russell Co

“CONNSTEP has proved to be a tremendous resource for ESI. CONNSTEP has helped us to adapt to today’s marketplace and remain a quality minded, competitive global player. Our ISO/TS16949 implementation process was efficient and rewarding. I look forward to our future projects with CONNSTEP.”

esi CT manufacturer

Ron Delfini

President, Engineering Specialties Inc.

“CONNSTEP worked with FuelCell Energy to educate and facilitate Lean initiatives and to help meet our needs to establish an overall production improvement plan. This plan has been utilized over a period of time as a ‘guiding light’ to spur numerous improvements that dramatically reduced our product cost.”

Tom Lucas

Manager, Fuel Cell Energy

“CONNSTEP is a valuable partner to Hologic, providing the expertise and ‘outside eyes’ everyone needs to keep their continuous improvement on track. We are now well-positioned on a dynamic growth path and look forward to a long-term relationship with CONNSTEP.”

Greg Safarik

VP Manufacturing Operations, Hologic

“Our experience working with CONNSTEP has brought us benefits we never expected. It’s a great team to work with!”

Bruce Wheeler

VP of Operations, Metal Finishing Technologies Inc.

“The goals of the team were to reduce manufacturing lead-time, reduce floor space utilized, and increase worker productivity. All the goals were met. CONNSTEP helped us to better compete.”

Tornik CT manufacturer

Dan Rubbo

General Manager, Tornik LLC

“The Business Growth Program is working well for us. We enhanced our website following the meetings to improve our SEO and become more visible to search engines. The segment on negotiating …  promoted changes in our thinking and improved how we interact with customers. The mentoring between sessions was helpful in boosting our progress.”

CT manufacturer Colonial Spring

Bill Lathrop

President, Colonial Spring Co.

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