23 Days of learning from real-world examples, from some of the world’s most forward-thinking organizations!

The Professional Development Center’s 2018 Summer Extensive Training Program

July 15, 2018 8:00 AM - August 6, 2018 5:00 PM

  • The Professional Development Center’s 2018 Summer Extensive Training Program
    July 15, 2018 - August 6, 2018
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Summer Extensive Training Program is a program hosted once a year, it aims to provide trainees with the best tools and knowledge to improve their technical skills in Project Management, Operation excellence and safety measures.

The program includes field trips to four of the most iconic companies in the United State Of America, such as Ford, Delta Airlines, GM, and DMC. where you can see in action how these companies practice the subjects you just learned.

Training Progam Highlights

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Preparation + Field Trip: Delta Airlines
  • Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt + Field Trip: Ford
  • SIX SIGMA Black Belt Certification Program + Field Trip: Detroit Medical Center (DMC)
  • OSHA 30 Hours Certification Program + Field Trip: General Motors (GM)

Training Providers

  • Lawerence Tech University (www.ltu.edu)
  • Professional Development Center (www.pdc-gd.com)
  • OSHA Organisation (www.osha.gov)
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PDC's Previous Field Trips


  1. PMP 36 Hours Certification – The Professional Development Center (www.pdc-gd.com)
  2. Greenbelt in Six Sigma Certification – Lawerence Tech University (www.ltu.edu)
  3. Blackbelt in Six Sigma Certification – Lawerence Tech University (www.ltu.edu)
  4. OSHA 30 HOURS CERTIFICATION – Occupational Safety and Health Administration “OSHA” – https://www.osha.gov
  5. OSHA 30 HOURS Card – Occupational Safety and Health Administration “OSHA” – https://www.osha.gov
  6. Letter of Attendance from Delta Airlines
  7. Letter of Attendance from Ford
  8. Letter of Attendance from Detroit Medical Center (DMC)
  9. Letter of Attendance from General Motors (GM)


Lawrence Technological University Campus
Lawrence Technological University Campus
21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield, Michigan, 48075-1058, United States
21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield, Michigan, 48075-1058, United States

Who will you meet?

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Dr. Benjamin B. Benson

Dr. Benjamin B. Benson brings a world of experience and fresh perspective to his clients. As an entrepreneur, strategist, global consultant, and former senior executive at worldwide organizations such as Accenture, Spherion, and Novell, Ben has led vast, industry shaping changes: mergers, product development, and business restructuring to name a few. Representative clients include AstraZenneca, AT&T, Best Buy, Blue Cross, Caterpillar, Chase, Chrysler, Comerica, Detroit Medical Center, DTE, Fiat, Ford Motor Company, GlaxoSmithKline, General Motors, Honda, Jervis B. Webb, Mazda, NASA, National Steel, Nissan, Sears, State Farm, Tank Command, ThyssenKrupp, Toyota, Tri-Core Medical, and the University of Michigan. Ben is expert in the areas of Innovation, Lean Six Sigma, Strategy, Project Management, and Business Sustainability. His 30 years of experience span most industries and operational areas including work in Denmark, Italy, China, Japan, Netherlands, UK, Mexico, Canada, and the Ukraine. A business owner with many interests, Ben runs a think tank used by cross-industry leaders for analysis, training, and keynote speaking. He holds a PhD in Organization Design from Wayne State University, completed post-doctoral studies at Detroit College of Law, and has published in the areas of Innovation, transformation, leadership development, and change management. Ben lives in Michigan with wife, Dawn; son, Ben; and daughter, Claire.
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Daniel H Fawaz

Daniel H Fawaz, PMP, MBB, is a Professor at the Professional Development Center at Lawrence Technological University. Daniel is a Six Sigma expert whose career has focused on Six Sigma , the development and implementation of process Improvements with a specialization in Lean / 6 sigma methodology having managed and implemented countless projects. He has worked extensively in the manufacturing, aviation, transportation, logistics and healthcare industries. As Six Sigma expert Daniel has led various industry shaping changes including global process development / implementation, and business restructuring with a focus on culture change just to name a few. Daniel is an expert in the areas of Lean/Six Sigma, Leadership, Project Management, Supply Chain Management , Human Capital Management, Culture and Performance, Union Management, Innovation, Strategy and Transformation, along with Strategic Sourcing. Furthermore, Daniel has lead organizations in the standardization of processes and procedures through project and lean management. Representative clients include Ford Motor Company, General Motor, Chrysler, A.K.Steel, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Delta Air Lines, Endeavor Air, Olde Discount Brokers, Schneider Logistics.

Laura Murphy

Laura Murphy, MPA, PHR, is a Professor at the Professional Development Center. She is a Process Improvement, Project Management, and Human Resources professional who have worked extensively in the manufacturing, health care, and retail, nuclear and service industries. As Six Sigma global consultant, Laura has led vast, industry-shaping changes: mergers, product development, and business restructuring to name a few. Representative clients AT&T, Best Buy, Blue Cross, Caterpillar, Chase, Chrysler, Comerica, Detroit Medical Center, DTE, Fiat, Ford Motor Company, GlaxoSmithKline, General Motors, Mazda, and Quick and loan. She is expert in the areas of Lean/Six Sigma, Leadership, Project Management, Human Capital Management, Culture and Performance, Union Management, Unemployment, Innovation, Strategy and Transformation, and Strategic Sourcing. Furthermore, she has lead organizations in the standardization of processes and procedures through project and lean management. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and Project Management Institute and is a certified Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt, and Professional in Human Resources through the HR Certification Institute.

Philip White

Philip White is Six Sigma Project Manager at Shiloh Industries in Canton, Michigan. He is Combines a diverse production background with the latest techniques in streamlined manufacturing and business management strategies to realize dramatic operational improvements at Shiloh Industries. As Six Sigma Project Manager and Master Blackbelt Coach, Philip has consistently reduced cost and increased productivity through the use of value stream mapping, lean manufacturing, waste elimination, Six Sigma principles, and overall equipment effectiveness. Philip’s work has been instrumental in the realization of over $1.43M in overall savings and business development each year alone. One of Philip’s most significant achievements was the introduction of over $612K in savings to company customers through value-added and value-engineered materials savings. Philip’s educational background is in Electrical Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and he maintains active membership in the Lean & Six Sigma Global Network, Lean Practitioners, and Auto OEM Network. He has Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB) certification and is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and certified MODAPTS practitioner.
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Don Bartalone

Don Bartalone has been involved in the transportation and warehousing industries for over 35 years and served on the safety team and committee for 20 of those years. 

Don spent five years as a facility manager / safety coordinator for an oil refinery. He is an OSHA-authorized General Industry Outreach Trainer that conducts 10- and 30-hour General Industry training and also instructs OSHA 511, 501 and 503 at the National Safety Education Center. Don has the National Safety Council's Advanced Safety Certificate along with the National Safety Council's certificates in Fork Lift Truck Operator Training, Incident Investigation, Safety Inspections and is currently working on an Advanced Safety Certificate. 

He teaches at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Hoffman Estates, Naperville and Rockford, Illinois, and also teaches the National Safety Council in Itasca, Ilinois. His experience and diverse background give Don the ability to serve in the field as well as in the classroom to offer solutions to safety problems.

Gary Kapanowski

Gary Kapanowski, MBB, is a Lecturer at Lawrence Tech. University, Professional Development center. He is a SAP and Programing Expert. As an accounting business administration graduate from the University of Michigan, Gary began his career in public accounting and continued his education with a finance and marketing Masters degree from Michigan State University. After more than 20 years of exceptional senior management experience, Gary earned the 2006 Financial Executive of the Year award from Robert Half International and Institute of Management Accountants. As guest editor for the Journal of Cost Management, Gary is leading the profession toward Lean Accounting and incorporating Lean Six Sigma into management processes and strategy. Through Lawrence Tech University, he has received Project Management, Blackbelt, and Master Blackbelt certification. Gary has led various ERP system implementation projects, including IFS and SAP, at different organizations and industries. This experience has directed his focus to lecture both student and business professionals on SAP ERP implementation, best practices, and team member training. By conducting over 70 workshops for over 400 hours of training to over 1,500 participants, Gary is considered as a Master Public Speaker. His experience, insights, and Lean Six Sigma background will benefit you with leadership and management controls.

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2018 Summer Extensive Training Program


  1. All Training Programs mentioned above, Exams, Certifications and field trips.
  2. Housing; on-campus housing, shared apartment for the entire program duration at LTU campus (more information about the facility can be found down below)
  3. Food, Drinks during training programs hours.
  4. Field trips transportations from on-campus housing to companies location.


  1. Entering USA visa cost and applications
  2. Traveling tickets and transportation
  3. Food, Drinks before/after training programs hours

Professional Development Center Overview


Training Programs Details


Project Management Professional (PMP) Preparation Program

Training Provider

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Field trip


Course Summary

This training helps to prepare candidates for the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP) examination. Even experienced project managers will benefit from this workshop by learning what to expect and how to prepare. A baseline assessment (mock exam) helps students understand where they need to focus their time. The Project Management Processes and Framework puts this broad topic into perspective and each project management knowledge area is covered. This course has been updated to reflect the latest edition of PMBoK® 5.0.


This program focuses on presentation skills and techniques that will take you off the sidelines and puts you in the game.  You will have power packed presentations that motivate, persuade, and hold the attention of the group.

Audience: Those interested in Project Management excellence, particularly those planning to take the PMP examination to become certified project managers.


I.       Introduction to Project Management in terms of PMI and PMBoK®

  • A.     Adopting vs. Adapting the Methodology
  • B.     Key Points to the Overview and Philosophy of Project Management
  • C.     Current State Needs and Shortcomings
  • D.     Facts about the Exam, the Application, and the Membership

II.      Project Integration

  • A.     Project, Program, Portfolio
  • B.     Types of Organization Structure
  • C.     The Project Manager and Project Team

III.    Scope

  • A.     Constraints
  • B.     Assumptions
  • C.     Charter
  • D.     Project Plan
  • E.     Work Breakdown Structure (Activity One)
  • F.     Scope Definition & Plan

IV.     Time and Cost

  • A.     Estimating Methods
  • B.     Responsibility Assignment Matrix
  • C.     Estimation of Time vs. Cost
  • D.     Actual vs. Schedule
  • E.     Estimated to Complete and Estimated at Complete

V.     Quality, HR, and Communication

  • A.     Quality Plans (Activity Three)
  • B.     Quality Assurance
  • C.     Quality Control
  • D.     Team Selection
  • E.     Team Development

VI.    Risk and Procurement

  • A.     Risk Plan
  • B.     Risk Identification
  • C.     Quantitative and Qualitative Tools
  • D.     Risk Register
  • E.     Risk Strategies



Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification Program

Training Provider

Lawrence Technological University

Field trip


Course Summary:

This content is used to engage participants in the Lean Six Sigma methods, to apply these methods to projects, and to certify participants as Lean Six Sigma Greenbelts upon Completion.

Pre-requisites: Basic process and measurement background; understanding of Lean Health Care functions and processes


  • Ability to identify problems and gage corrections
  • Ability to use Lean and Six Sigma toolset DMAIC
  • Ability to identify solutions and implementation strategy
  • Ability to sustain and reinforce solutions


Six Sigma and Basic Statistical Overview
Sponsor Introduction
Goal and Role Clarity

Tools of Lean
Value Stream Maps
Lead Time Reduction
Problem Solving
Standardized Work
Visual Plant
Seven Wastes & 5S
Effective and Efficient Designs of Operations
Cost of “overproducing”
Cost of being “non-standardized”
Cost of too much motion and Transportation
Cost of poor quality (Rework)
Cost of underutilized Equipment and Resources
Cost of Inventory
Cost of Wait Time
Cost of “Muda” coming from Under challenged or Undertrained Workforce
Doing Waste Studies
Capturing Improvements
Cost, Time, Quality, Efficiency
Breakthrough Thinking (automation, new tools…)

Six Sigma Project Preparation

Problem Definition
Process Map
Cause and Effect
Failure Mode
Control and Correction
Measurement System Evaluation

Project Work (“What Makes a Good Project”)
Business Casing
Metrics and Measures
Financial and Project Management

Graphing the Options
Data Summary
Tools for Presenting Statistical Analysis

Project Conclusions
Recommendations and Findings
Next Steps
Team Reports
Sponsor Review



Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Program

Training Provider

Lawrence Technological University

Field trip


Program Overview

Currently, Six Sigma skill and certification is one of the most prominent business requests. Indeed, government organizations, non-profits, hospitals, banks, and traditional service and manufacturing companies all favor lean and six sigma methods for improving operations and quality. This program will address the Six Sigma Blackbelt requirements of methodology and project application and will reinforce the process, tools, and methods that are expected of today’s Six Sigma leaders.

Program Specifications

Participants will attend 2 days sessions to review DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) methodology and begin application to the case.
Participants will have the opportunity to complete a group project from a manufacturing facility (e.g., Shiloh), working with the internal Master Blackbelt.
Instructors will lead the application of the tools and review common quality, graphic, and statistical choices.
Students will prepare initial approach and work in a team.
Instructors will recommend alternatives and future-state applications.
Instructors will review industry standards and prepare students for uniform content command and usage.

Pre-Requisites: Greenbelt Certification
Program Outline

Module 1

Learning Outcomes: Project Introduction
Introduction to Data
DPU DPMO Rolled Throughput Yield
Process Mapping & XY Matrix

Module 2

Learning Outcomes: Project Problem Set
Variability Probability & Distribution Analysis
Multi Variance
Correlation & Simple Regression

Module 3

Learning Outcomes: Problem Measurement
ANOVA vs. Hypothesis Testing
DOE Intro
Power & Sample Size

Module 4

Learning Outcomes: Problem Analysis and Improvement Approach
DOE Enriched Case Study
Intro to Control Phase



OSHA 30 Hours Certification Program

Training Provider


Field trip


OSHA recommends Outreach Training Programs as an orientation to occupational safety and health for workers covered by OSHA 29 CFR 1910. General industry workers must receive additional training, when required by OSHA standards, on specific hazards of the job. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive an OSHA30-Hour General Industry Outreach.

The OSHA 30-hour General Industry Outreach Training course has been reviewed and accepted by OSHA for online distribution.

Course Description: The OSHA 30-hour General Industry Outreach Training course is a comprehensive safety program designed for anyone involved in general industry. Specifically devised for safety directors, foremen, and field supervisors; the program provides complete information on OSHA compliance issues.

Course Outline


  • Module 1A: Introduction to OSHA and the OSH Act
  • Module 1B: Basic Safety Orientation
  • Module 2: Walking & Working Surfaces
  • Module 3: Emergency Action Plan
  • Module 4: Hazardous Materials
  • Module 5: Hazwoper
  • Module 6: Personal Protective Equipment
  • Module 7: Confined Spaces & Permit-Required Confined Spaces
  • Module 8: Lockout/Tagout
  • Module 9: Materials Handling & Storage
  • Module 10: Machine Guarding Safety
  • Module 11: Welding, Cutting, and Brazing
  • Module 12: Electrical Safety
  • Module 13: Hazard Communication
  • Module 14: Hazardous Substances & Industrial Hygiene
  • Module 15: Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Module 16: Record Keeping & Reporting
  • Module 17: Workplace Violence
  • Module 18: Safety and Health Programs
  • Module 19: Ergonomics
  • Module 20: Hazards of Asbestos in the Workplace
  • Module 21: Lead Safety in the Workplace
  • Module 22: Ionizing and Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety
  • Module 23: Formaldehyde Awareness
  • Module 24: Process Safety Management of Highly Hazard Materials



Housing Details

Your training program includes free housing with a walking distance to your training location, Donley Hall University Housing-North is located on campus, right across from the Buell Management building.  It is the newest of the housing buildings to be dedicated and was completed in the summer of 2002.

This four-story residence hall accommodates 210 residents in 70 apartment-style suites. Each Donley apartment offers

Donley Hall University Housing-North
Donley Hall University Housing-North
  • Washer and dryer
  • Fully equipped kitchen with full-size refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, and microwave
  • Fully furnished living room with couch, chair, television stand, and dining table and chairs
  • Fully furnished bedroom(s) with twin bed, wardrobe, bookcase, desk, and desk chair for each student
  • Private bathroom(s) with double sinks
Shared apartment, private room and bathroom

What is Supplied In The Housing?
Couch, Lounge Chair, Dining Table, Dining Chairs, TV Stand, Desk and Chair, Cable Box, Electric stove (full size), Refrigerator (full size), Microwave, Dishwashers, Cupboards, Sink, Bed with mattress, Dresser, Closet or armoire, Desk, Desk Chair, Bookcase, Full shower with bathtub, toilet, Sink with cabinets, In-unit washer and dryer



Need help?

if you have any questions or need more information contact us via email info@pdc-gd.com or call us at +1 (248) 204-4050 or call the program coordinator at +1(248) 230-0586