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Free "Efficiency through Innovation" class offered Wednesday, Feb. 12

Posted January 29, 2014
By NWC News Desk

POWELL, Wyo. - A free one-day class, including lunch, will be offered Wednesday, Feb. 12, to help Big Horn Basin businesses develop a culture of innovation that includes the entire staff from CEO to part-time help.

“Efficiency through Innovation” meets from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Northwest College Center for Training and Development on the West Campus in Powell. It is led by Matthew Melinkovich and Adam Johnson, field engineers with Manufacturing-Works.

They will provide tools to help area businesses identify ways to achieve profitable growth by increasing value and reducing costs. The tools are applicable to profit and nonprofit enterprises, inventors and even students. They’re geared to reach every staff member.

The instructors will engage participants in hands-on simulations and exercises that provide visual and physical understanding of the importance of innovation in business.

The class addresses ways of minimizing processing or production waste and lowering costs; LEAN manufacturing through simulation; innovation of new ideas and how to invent products; growth through innovation; statistical testing of ideas, concepts and theories; fail-fast, fail-cheap scenarios; rapid prototyping; and creating, communicating and commercializing ideas.

Manufacturing-Works is a not-for-profit organization providing Wyoming businesses with access to technical and business assistance for contract development and completion. It is available through a partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Wyoming Business Council and the University of Wyoming.

“Efficiency through Innovation” carries 0.7 continuing education units.

This class is offered through the NWC Center for Training and Development. A $35 fee is assessed at registration but will be refunded upon attendance. Lunch is provided.

Questions about the class can be emailed to Powell CTD.

Registrations are accepted online or by calling 307-754-6062.