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Foundations of Lean Certification

Foundations of Lean Certification

Event Start Date:

March 11, 2025

Event Start Time:

8:30 AM

Event Location:

Manufacturers Resource Center

As the foundation of a Lean Enterprise, standardization sets expectations for process performance and provides the basis for problem-solving and continuous improvement.

This program features an immersive learning experience through a mix of classroom instruction and hands-on experimentation in MRC’s Lean Manufacturing Factory simulation. Upon completion of all course work and a demonstration of understanding through a capstone test and case study, participants are “Foundations of Lean” certified by MRC.


In MRC’s Foundations of Lean Certification Program, participants will learn how to:

Foundations of Lean
  • Evaluate manufacturing processes to identify value-adding activities and how to find opportunities to eliminate waste that exists within those activities
  • Apply the concepts of One-Piece Flow, 5S Workplace Organization, Quality at the Source (Mistake-Proofing), Visual Controls, Plant Layout, Cellular Manufacturing, Pull Systems, Kanban, Work Balancing, and Standard Work
  • Create standards to reduce process variation
    Generate one-best-way Job Methods to improve process consistency
  • Create Job Breakdowns to standardize Job Instruction
  • Install process checks to sustain process performance
  • Improve equipment setups/changeovers using Lean methods
  • Introduction to Team Building Techniques and individual DiSC Assessments


Recommended for anyone looking to gain an understanding of Continuous Improvement and Lean Manufacturing methodologies and those with prior experience looking to refresh or enhance their previous training including: 
CI Team Members, Team Leads, Operators, Engineers, Support Staff, and Plant Managers.

Questions? Contact Nicole Pierce at (484) 655-4873 or nicole.pierce@mrcpa.org.


Gene Kaschak | VP, Continuous Improvement & Leadership Development Strategy 

Gene KaschakGene has seen first-hand how the best improvement ideas usually get started by the people doing the work every day.  His early projects in continuous improvement were focused on bringing these ideas to life by listening to small suggestions or comments and designing the proposed solutions for various manufacturing, operations, maintenance, product development, and information technology projects.  As a Lean Coach with MRC since 2014, Gene’s focus now is to develop the scientific thinking skills in the local manufacturing community to bring these improvement ideas to life through daily experiments.



Janelle Rabenold | Director, Leadership Development and Training Strategy

Janell RabenoldJanelle brings over 15 years of expertise in Leadership and Organizational Development to MRC’s Operational Excellence Program. Renowned for her ability to guide individuals and teams toward their goals, she is a trusted partner, coach, and facilitator. Janelle holds a BS in Business Administration from Albright College and an MS in Human Resource Management & Learning and Performance Management from Moravian University. Her extensive certifications in assessment tools and methodologies, including Everything DiSC, MBTI, CPI, TKI, FIRO-B, and Prosci Change Management, reflect her commitment to using cutting-edge techniques to foster growth and success for colleagues and clients alike.

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by 02/11/25 after $2195.00

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Event Details

  • March 11, 2025 8:30 AM   -   March 26, 2025 4:00 PM
  • March 11, 2025 8:30 AM   -   March 12, 2025 4:00 PM
  • March 18, 2025 8:30 AM   -   March 19, 2025 4:00 PM
  • March 25, 2025 8:30 AM   -   March 26, 2025 4:00 PM

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  • Manufacturers Resource Center
  • 7200A Windsor Ave
  • Allentown
  • PA
  • 18106
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