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  • TA Deadline for Fall 2 Session Approaching

    Wichita, Kansas – All Southwestern College Professional Studies military learners planning on enrolling in Fall Session 2 classes have just a couple more weeks for tuition assistance approval.

    The deadline for TA approval is September 28th for anyone planning on attending Fall Session 2 courses. Air Force member need to have TA approved 10 days prior to the start of class. It is recommended that Army learners get TA approved 4 days prior to the start of class through the GoArmyEd.Com portal. It is strong encouraged, however, that learners take care of TA approval as soon as possible to avoid delays.

    If you have questions, please feel free email us at or reach out to your academic success coach.

  • Top Benefits of Earning Your Lean Six Sigma Certification

    Six Sigma was first introduced by Motorola in 1986 with a mission of improving the quality of processing by identifying and removing the causes of errors in the manufacturing industry. It uses a set of quality management methods and creates a special team of people within the company who are experts in Six Sigma methodology. These experts are ranked depending on their certification levels as either “white belt,” “yellow belt,” “green belt,” “black belt,” or “master black belt.” Those experts work on “projects,” which have a goal to produce significant improvements in a process. The two Six Sigma projects are DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve and control) in order to improve a current process or DMADV (define, measure, analyze, design, verify) in order to create a new process. As more projects are put into place together, organizations experience a nearly defect-free performance. Notable companies that claimed to have used Six Sigma include Boeing, Ford Motor Company, Dell & General Electric.

    In recent years, Lean Manufacturing, a system of eliminating waste within a manufacturing system, has been combined with Six Sigma and labeled Lean Six Sigma in an effort to eliminate the eight types of waste: defects, overproduction, waiting, non-utilized talent, transportation, inventory, motion, extra-processing. These are abbreviated as “DOWNTIME.” Companies including 3M, ACME and Louisiana-Pacific Corp. have reported successful results from using Lean Six Sigma. Similar to Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma uses the five phases of the DMAIC project as well as a belt certification system as listed in the charge below:

    Source: Wikipedia


    The inarguable positive impact Lean Six Sigma has had on the bottom lines of companies around the world has led to the usage of its methodologies being used by various industries.
    Being a certified Lean Six Sigma expert will not only benefit your personal professional growth but that of your organization as well.

    Certified Professionals Earn More

    Just like earning your college degree, Lean Six Sigma certifications are not cheap or easy to attain and managers in the field know this. Having the drive to earn your certification will make you stand out from the crowd and showcase your dedication to improving the processes of the company in which you work. As you gain more understanding of the Lean Six Sigma process through your certification, you put yourself in the position of becoming a successful team member of a project management team. As you work to improve quality and consistency while eliminating waste, you will be seen as a crucial member of your group. Your success in areas such as time management, strategic planning and employee motivation will make you a more valuable employee and that can lead to better opportunities for promotions and increased salary.

    Position Yourself as Leader of the Pack

    It takes willingness to do every job and play every role to become a great leader. As you work your way up the ladder from your green belt to your black belt, you will learn to evaluate and clarify processes that will improve your company’s efficiency through Six Sigma and eliminate waste using Lean. You’ll go from having awareness of Lean Six Sigma methodologies to playing an active role on projects and finally being the leader of your team project with your black belt. As a full-time project leader, you’ll work to cut waste while safeguarding a quality product. 

    Bring Success to Your Business 

    Being certified means you have learned the proper application of Lean Six Sigma methodologies. With those in place your organization will turn a better product, which results in customer satisfaction. As you work to maintain a good, consistent product, it is most likely that your customers will remain loyal. The happier your customers are the better the chances they will tell other potential clientele, meaning more profit for your company and a better bottom line.
    Another benefit Lean Six Sigma can bring to your organization is a happier workforce. Its methodologies bring employees together working toward a common goal. A happier workplace will inherently create a better product. As your better products get noticed by other companies it will lead to stronger partnerships. The chain reaction begins with you and your Lean Six Sigma certification.

    We want to help you get Lean Six Sigma certified! Take our self-paced, online Lean Six Sigma Certification Prep Course and prepare for your yellow belt, green belt or black belt certification exam!

    Learn More!

  • Meet the Faculty: Randall Doll, Lead Faculty of Leadership & Management

    A great manager requires three things, according to Randall Doll, Lead Faculty of Leadership and Management. The first is having the ability to provide a crystal clear set of goals, priorities and duties for those they are responsible for. Secondly, one must attempt to create a healthy, conducive work environment for all team members to be successful within. Finally, a great manager spends time every day building relationships with those they are responsible for. He refers to this as “relationship capital.”

    “When a manager is not achieving pre-determined levels of performance it is many times related to a lack of connection with those they oversee,” he says. “Employees know when a manager cares, and when they sense that, they will follow them to the ends of the earth.”

    Doll would know. He’s spent his career in leadership and management roles. Even while completing his bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University, he was busy working full time as a fitness center manager.   

    “I didn’t have time to attend graduation,” he says. “It was several months before I was able to go in and get my diploma.”

    For the past 30 years, Doll has been involved in private industry as either an owner or manager of businesses in retail, manufacturing, land management and commercial properties. By the age of 30 he held management positions in Fortune 500 companies, including PepsiCo Corporation/Pizza Hut, located in New York and Wichita. It was during that time that Doll realized the value of earning his master’s degree.

    “I realized the Fortune 500 world was getting more competitive,” he says. “Increasing my skill set, education and experience base became critically important.”

    As Doll worked toward earning his M.A. in Business & Management from Webster University, located in St. Louis, Missouri, which he completed in 1995, he developed an interest in teaching. His instructors not being academics but practitioners left a lasting impression on him.

    “They would work full time in their chosen profession and then teach part time, delivering their real world experience alongside standard textbook instruction,” he said.

    Deciding to follow in the footsteps of his mentors, since 2005 Doll has stayed busy teaching courses in the business and leadership curriculums at Professional Studies while owning Doll Real Estate, LLC and serving as President & CEO of Capital Partners Group LLC; the latter of which is a training & development firm that works with small to mid-size businesses. He also recently finished serving as a board member for the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism, a cabinet level agency appointed by the Governor. He currently serves on the national board of directors for American Ag Credit, which is the seventh largest agricultural lender in the nation, located in Santa Rosa, California. He even embarked on what he says was his biggest career risk when he successfully ran for the Butler County Commission, for which he served two terms from 1999 to 2007.  All of his experiences, he says, give him the knowledge and "street cred" for teaching.

    “I like teaching the graduate level courses in business as they allow me to bring in more of my business and political experiences to the classroom,” he says. “I think students appreciate and benefit from these real world applications.”

    Doll plans to continue sharing his devotion for effective leadership and management in teaching courses such as BQM301, LEAD510 and BSAD490 where he believes he can train others to be successful leaders for the future. When he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters at their ranch outside Wichita where they garden, hike, raise free range chickens and oversee their farm and ranch operations.

  • TA Deadline for Fall 1 Session Approaching

    Wichita, Kansas – Southwestern College Professional Studies military students planning on enrolling in classes for Fall Session 1, which starts on August 17th, 2015, have just a couple more weeks to have their tuition assistance approved.

    Air Force member have until 10 days prior to the start of class to have their TA approved. It is recommended that Army members get approval by four days prior to the start of class through the portal. However, students are highly encouraged to take care of TA approval as soon as possible in order to avoid any delays.

    Any questions can be emailed to or students can reach out to their academic success coach.


  • Center for Corporate Learning to Offer PHR®/SPHR® Certification Prep Course

    WICHITA, Kansas – The new Center for Corporate Learning, launched by Southwestern College, will offer its first course in September.

    The course will consist of seven facilitated sessions where human resource professionals can prepare for their Professional in Human Resource (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR®) certification exams. Both certifications, through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI®), demonstrate that HR professionals have mastered best practices. All PHR®/SPHR® certified professionals are therefore better prepared for program implementation and tactical/logistical orientation at their organizations.  

    The Center for Corporate Learning (CCL) was established to embrace partnerships between Southwestern College and business and industry. Along with the PHR®/SPHR® examination prep course, CCL also offers quality training programs designed specifically for individual organizations.

    The PHR®/SPHR® preparatory course will focus on the Bodies of Knowledge, the foundation of the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI™) exam. They include business and management strategy, workforce planning and employment, human resource development, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations and risk management. The preparatory course benefits small business owners, managers with HR responsibilities and those wishing to increase their HR knowledge base.

    The seven-week course, which will be taught by local, experienced professionals, runs from September 12th through October 24th. The classes are conveniently held on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Southwestern College Professional Studies campus at 2040 S. Rock Rd. in Wichita. The cost is just $950 per person and includes printed and online materials. Those interested in registering can visit

  • Author, Affilate Faculty Member to Give Book Talk at PS Campus

    Wichita, Kansas – Southwestern College students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to take part in a book talk by Jeff Barnes, affiliate faculty member and author of The Wisdom of Walt: Leadership Lessons from the Happiest Place on Earth.

    Barnes will discuss how we can use stories to better our businesses and challenge ourselves to live a great story. His talk will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 13th at the Southwestern College Professional Studies campus located at 2040 S. Rock Rd. in Wichita.

    Those unable to attend in person can join via Blackboard Collaborate.

    Learn more about Barnes’ book here.

  • Southwestern College Signs Articulation Agreement with American Business & Technology University

    WICHITA, Kansas – Southwestern College Professional Studies in Wichita, Kansas and American Business and Technology University have announced the signing of an articulation agreement that will make for the easy transition of credits for ABTU students wishing to further their education at Southwestern College.

    Students who have either earned their A.O.S, A.A., A.S. or A.A.S. degrees at ABTU, or are within six credit hours of completion, will be eligible to apply to Southwestern College’s bachelor’s degree programs. Graduates with B.A.S. degrees from ABTU are eligible to enter any of Southwestern College’s master’s degree programs.

    Southwestern College allows for the transfer of up to 64 credit hours to prevent learners from losing credits or repeating courses already completed. The articulation agreement will also provide a gateway for active and inactive military members to easily transition into earning their bachelor’s degree.

    “We are excited to provide a bridge for their students to continue their education and we look forward to working with them for many years to come,” said John Hudson, director of Educational Partnerships at Southwestern College.

    Located in east Wichita near McConnell Air Force Base, Southwestern College Professional Studies provides flexibility with six-week, online courses that allow students to balance time between work and their families while they further their education. Southwestern College offers 16 undergraduate and nine graduate degree programs.

  • ITT Graduates to Receive Tuition Discounts at Southwestern College

    Wichita, Kansas – As part of an articulation agreement, Southwestern College will offer ITT Technical Institute graduates a tuition discount toward their undergraduate or graduate degrees.

    The 10-percent discount will be granted to all ITT graduates when they transfer to Southwestern College Professional Studies. This discount will also be offered to graduates of the Breckenridge School of Nursing, the nursing college under ITT.

    “I am very excited to be announcing the tuition discount that we have put into place with students from ITT Technical Institute and the Breckinridge School of Nursing,” said Amber Pyatt, director of Southwestern College’s RN to BSN Program. “It is important to create a seamless transition for students who want to obtain a BSN degree. Creating an avenue for students to transfer in up to 94 credit hours from their associate degree program and allowing them a discount in tuition will hopefully increase the number of enrollments of students from the Breckinridge School of Nursing. I have been working closely with the corporate headquarters and we have reached out to many of the schools across the United States to set up talks regarding out program.”

    Most undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Professional Studies include six-week, online courses with eight sessions per year. Students of the RN to BSN Program are able to complete their degree at Southwestern College in as few as 14 months. The tuition discount for ITT students will go into effect immediately.

  • Southwestern College’s Nursing Program Accredited for Next Decade

    Wichita, Kansas – The accreditation for Southwestern College’s RN to BSN program will be good for another 10 years.

    The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the nursing program in September 2014. After its on-site evaluation, the CCNE Board found the program met all four accreditation standards and there were no compliance concerns.

    “Being recognized by CCNE as having an outstanding nursing program that is in compliance with all regulations is extremely important,” said Amber Pyatt, director of the RN to BSN program. “I am very happy to receive notification that our program was approved for another 10 years by CCNE. There is a lot of hard work and effort that is put in by all members of an institution for an accreditation site visit. It is reassuring to know that all of the hard work paid off in the end.”

    The RN to BSN program offers flexible, six-week online classes to registered nurses looking to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Leaners can complete their degree in as few as 14 months.

    Another on-site evaluation for accreditation will take place in the fall of 2024 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Cir., NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, phone - 202-887-6791.  

  • Rules of Engagement for the Civilian Work Force

    There is not a mission at hand for many civilian companies, their main goal is to make a profit. There are many aspects to consider when doing your civilian job, one major one is how can you make this profitable for your company. Is what you are doing bringing in clients, is it making enough of a return on the investment, is it maintaining a good image for their customers.

    Dress codes are different based on where you work, know what is expected, most places don’t have a uniform. Human resources departments will make the dress code policy available to you. There is no clear cut dressing standard when it comes to businesses. If you are unsure of what business casual standards are, take the time to do research to understand what that means.

    Looking down on people for taking a break is not ok – breaks are a right, not a privilege. In some cases it is a policy to take a 15 minute break and a lunch at specified times. Take it! Not only is it good for you, it allows you time to socialize and build bonds with your co-workers.

    Civilians are not clock watchers, not everyone cares if you don’t show up 15 minutes prior to your work day, or 15 minutes after. The old rule, if you aren’t 15 minutes early you are late does not apply to the civilian world.

    You are not on duty 24/7, you are not obligated to check in or tell someone you’re going out of town on a long weekend, without using your vacation time. When you leave for the day your personal life is yours to have. You can drive 8 hours after work to make it to an event and drive right back. No permission needed. Leave work at work where you left it and enjoy the ability to move freely.

    It your responsibility to adapt to your new surroundings, not for them to adapt to you.