Gemba Academy Goes Back to School in New Gemba Live! Series

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Our team visited Platt Technical High School in Milford, Connecticut to discover how and why their students use lean principles on a daily basis.

Ron Pereira with Principal Sheila Williams

It's [an] example of how business and industry can teach us some things about being efficient with space, time, and productivity.

From healthcare, consulting, to dishwashing, lean methodologies can be applied to so much more than traditional manufacturing. At Platt Technical High School, being lean is just part of a typical school day.

Located in Milford, Connecticut, Platt Technical High School puts students on the fast track to their desired career paths by offering trade-specific programs, including carpentry, automotive technology, and even hairdressing. Lean principles like 5S and the Seven Wastes are incorporated into the curriculum to encourage efficiency and improve overall performance.

"It's [an] example of how business and industry can teach us some things about being efficient with space, time, and productivity. And also putting in those protocols and practices to sustain what you have created," explained Sheila Williams, Principal at Platt Tech.

Gemba Academy Co-Founder Ron Pereira met with the staff, faculty, and students at Platt Tech to discuss what it's like to attend a lean-based technical school. He also toured many of the shops, witnessing firsthand the students' uniquely advanced skill sets.

"It was so inspiring to watch these students apply skills well beyond their years. Their understanding of lean principles became apparent almost immediately," Pereira stated.

For a preview of this Gemba Live! series, click here.

About Gemba Academy:

Gemba Academy, a leading provider of video-based Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma training, has delivered online training to more than 2,000 companies around the globe including Lear, the U.S. Air Force, and Mass Mutual. Designed by and for real practitioners, Gemba Academy has revolutionized online training with their unique “site based subscription” model and never charges a per-use or per-person fee. With over 120 hours of training and more than 500 videos, Gemba Academy provides flexible solutions and access to a wide selection of videos that can serve as a baseline for training or enhance existing continuous improvement efforts.

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