John Draper named head of Master Black Belt program from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

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Draper joins existing faculty from Ohio State and partner, MoreSteam, to offer expert-level training and certification for certified Black Belts.

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Group sessions provide the direction and discussion forum essential to topics such as advanced statistical tools and process modeling, while more foundational topics are focused on self-paced eLearning coursework.

John Draper, clinical assistant professor of management sciences, has been named to lead the Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt training and certification program. Draper will serve as the Master Black Belt program’s first academic director.

The partnership will provide students with a blended learning approach that features 80 hours of classroom instruction and 71 hours of online training.

“This program balances scheduled classroom time with independent online learning,” Draper said. “Group sessions provide the direction and discussion forum essential to topics such as advanced statistical tools and process modeling, while more foundational topics are focused on self-paced eLearning coursework. The blended approach puts the student in control.”

The program features a balanced, relevant curriculum that covers skills including leadership, coaching, advanced statistics and finance. It also includes advanced Lean and process modeling, two vital areas not covered in most Master Black Belt programs.

The partnership also provides flexible scheduling where students control the pace of the course by starting the online training and attending two weeks of classroom instruction in any order. The certification process can be completed in as few as six months.

MoreSteam Vice President of Product Development Lars Maaseidvaag, who created the course curriculum, lends decades of professional Lean Six Sigma experience. Draper adds a new layer of experience and expertise to the program. He has a PhD and MS in statistics from Ohio State, as well as BS degrees in mathematics and statistics from Florida State University. He’s a member of the American Statistical Association, and the recipient of the Thomas E. and Jean D. Powers Award for Outstanding Teaching Associate.

“I’ve known John for several years – he’s a fantastic teacher,” said MoreSteam President Peg Pennington. “He finds a way to make even the toughest subjects easy to learn, and we’re really excited to partner with him in this new role.”

About MoreSteam:
MoreSteam helps organizations design and improve their business processes by building capability at the individual level and across the enterprise. MoreSteam offers a full suite of eLearning courses, project simulations, data analysis software for projects, and online project tracking software. Since our launch in 2000, we have trained over 602,000 professionals and served over 50% of the Fortune 500 companies.

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