Public Sector LeanOhio BootCamp Available at COTC

NEWARK, Ohio, March 4, 2016 –Training is available for those who work within government agencies, political subdivisions & subsidiaries, hospitals, emergency services, and education, and there are no out of pocket expenses.  LeanOhio BootCamp is a five-day standardized, public-sector-focused training designed to help public entities operate simpler, faster, better and less costly; to cut red tape and to better meet customer needs. There are two BootCamp options available yet this year: April 14, 15, 21, 22, & 29 to be held in Pataskala, and May 12, 13, 19, 20, 27 to be held in Newark. Registration is now available for public-sector employees and decision-makers to participate in one of these LeanOhio BootCamps available through Central Ohio Technical College's Workforce Development Innovation Center.  

Participants will receive a scholarship voucher to attend the BootCamp, as COTC is the recipient of a training grant sponsored by the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) and the Local Government Efficiency Program (LGEP), which was developed to offer local political subdivisions training and support to learn and apply Lean strategies to innovate, provide better service and save money. The training will be open to anyone who works in the public sector, and is most effective for decision-makers and leaders in the organization.

Many may be familiar with the Lean processes commonly implemented within the manufacturing industry. Some of the more common terms associated with such are Lean, Six Sigma, & Kaizen. To elaborate, Lean is primarily about speed; identifying & removing waste in processes. Six Sigma is primarily about removing variation in processes. Many of the same principles and processes will be explored through the LeanOhio Bootcamp, as they relate to the operation of public agencies.  

"Examples of processes for consideration of improvement might be to speed up the method for payment of invoices, or to improve the timeliness of inspections, or to streamline service delivery, or reduce errors in an application process, or to increase vaccination rates. An additional goal is to provide employees with a process and tools to continue to make improvements," explains Vicki Maple, director of the Workforce Development Innovation Center at COTC. "The program is designed for training in process efficiency programs, and it has been designed specifically for public sector employees and focuses on the Lean tools that have been proven to work in government and within political subdivisions. This training is available and applicable to everyone – from frontline customer service to mid-level managers and those in senior leadership positions."

The Bootcamps will be facilitated by Performance Consultant and Ohio DAS Certified LeanOhio facilitator Toni Bell.   

"Employees at all levels will be able to answer the question 'How can Lean help me right now?'" stated Bell. "This interactive session will help participants experience how they can make improvements that will help their department or organization run simpler, better, faster and less costly." 

To inquire or register for one of the upcoming LeanOhio BootCamps at Central Ohio Technical College, please contact: Vicki Maple, director, Workforce Development Innovation Center, Phone 740.364.9565, Email, and visit

Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential.  COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.