Enrollment Agreement & School Catalog

2020 Program Schedule

Training runs year round, except for these holidays in 2020:
1-1; 4-10; 5-25; 7-4; 9-7; 11-26 & 27; 12-24 & 25

Enrollment dates: Any time at least two business days before first class date

Entrance Requirements: Manufacturing career-oriented adult workers

Training location:
Manufacturers Alliance
8421 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 190
Golden Valley, MN 55426

Attendance policies:
Leave, class cuts and unsatisfactory attendance
– Up to 2 years* without permission from the administration
Absences
– Class absence must be made up – unless permission is given to test out satisfactorily
Tardiness
– Must attend at least half of class or it becomes an absence

*Unofficial Withdrawal:
If a student fails to attend without providing official notification, the withdrawal date will be the last date of attendance reported by an instructor on a class roster or other documented source. This date will be maintained in the student’s academic file.

*Official Withdrawal:
A student is considered officially withdrawn if the school’s registrar or their delegate is notified by the student or their representative of their intent to withdraw. The date the notification is received is the withdrawal date.

Grading policies:
The grading system consists of test scores, project papers and presentations per the standards that follow:
Online tests
must be passed or failed based on a set minimum of correct questions answered. Failures may be re-tested after 24 hours.
Project papers
submitted must be reviewed and approved as an acceptable real application of lessons learned in class and judged beneficial by a project-involved peer, a supervisor and our industry-knowledgeable administrative reviewer.
Project presentations
must be voted satisfactory by the majority of a group of industry-experienced peers.

Probation: Test failures may be re-tested, and project papers or presentations may be re-submitted.

Re-enrollment: Inactive students may re-activate within two years of last participation without special permission of the administration. After that, a Certification fee may be imposed.

Conduct:
Conduct Policy
– No intentionally disruptive or illegal conduct permitted.
Dismissal
– Severe violation of the above Conduct Policy.

Fee schedule:
We charge tuition and service charges only. There is no additional charge for books, supplies, tools or activities; and there is no equipment required.

2020 fees. Member and non-member rates shown

This online application and enrollment agreement is legally binding once accepted unless cancelled per Refund Policy/Buyer’s Right to Cancel. Refund Policy/Buyer’s Right to Cancel:

Refund policy for programs that are 40 hours or less

If your application is rejected, you will receive a full refund of all tuition, fees, and other charges. If your program is 40 hours or less and you withdrew from your program, your refund will be pro-rated by the number of hours attended and the length of the program. To receive a full refund of tuition, fees, and other charges, you must withdraw from your program before the scheduled start day of the program. You will receive written notice acknowledging your withdraw request within 10 business days after receipt of the notice and you will receive a refund of any tuition, fees, and other charges within 30 business days of receipt of your withdrawal. Any mailed notice is effective of the date of the postmark if sent by mail or the day it has been delivered to the institution. Notice to withdraw may also be given by email, verbally to a school official (not just an instructor), or with a voicemail to a school official.

Written notice of cancellation shall take place on the date the notice of cancellation is postmarked/date stamped when delivered to the school. Cancellations can be emailed to: ma@mfrall.com

Refund policy for programs greater than 40 hours

If your application is rejected, you will receive a full refund of all tuition, fees, and other charges. You will be entitled to a full refund of tuition, fees, and other charges if you give notice that you are cancelling your contract within five business days after the contract or enrollment agreement is considered effective. A contract or enrollment agreement will be presumed to effective on the date of that the institution notifies you that you have been accepted into the institution and you have signed the contract or enrollment agreement. If the notification of acceptance into the institution is sent by mail, then the effective day of being accepted is the postmark on the acceptance letter.

This five-day refund policy applies regardless of when the program starts. If you give notice more than five days after you signed the contract, but before the start of the program (or first lesson for an online distance education program), you will receive a refund of all tuition, fees, and other charges minus 15%, up to $50, of the total cost of the program. You will be provided a prorated tuition, fees, and other charges refund minus a 25% fee, up to $100, if you give notice of your withdrawal after your program has begun, but before 75% program has completed. If you withdraw from your program after 75% of the program has completed, you are not entitled to a refund of tuition, fees, and other charges.

You will receive written notice acknowledging your withdraw request within 10 business days after receipt of the notice and you will receive a refund of any tuition, fees, and other charges within 30 business days of receipt of your withdrawal. Any mailed notice is effective of the date of the postmark if sent by mail or the day it has been hand- delivered to the institution. Notice to withdraw may also be given by email, verbally to a school official (not just an instructor), or with a voicemail to a school official.

If you do not withdraw in writing or contact the institution about your absence and you have not attended your program or contact the institution about your absence for 21 consecutive days, you will be considered to have withdrawn from the school as of your last date of attendance. Your school is responsible for sending you a written notice of cancellation if you are withdrawn for failing to attend to your last known address. The confirmation from the school must state that the school has withdrawn you enrollment, and if this action was not the student's intent, the student must contact the school.

 

Course outlines:
Also see our website: www.mfrall.com, then “Certifications"

Lean Practitioner Certification
Lean Manufacturing Techniques. To compete in today's environment, manufacturing companies need to actively support continuous improvement with Lean operations. How can you learn the skills and techniques necessary to implement Lean in your organization? Start by becoming Lean Practitioner Certified.

  • 6 workshop schedule
  • Knowledge retention exams - after each required course
  • Pragmatic coaching to help you apply what you have learned
  • Practical application projects - demonstrated twice in-house
  • Certification awarded - in as little as six months

Lean Leader Certification
To reap the full benefit of Lean methodologies, the entire organization must be transformed through effective leadership and systems that influence behavior and sustain a culture of improvement. To lead your companies lean transformation become Lean Leader Certified.

Knowledge, training and experience with basic lean techniques is a prerequisite.

  • 6 advanced-level workshop schedule
  • Practical leadership demonstrated in-house
  • Reviewed by Peer Group peers
  • Certification Awarded

6 Sigma Green Belt Certification
Offered in a 3-class series of 8 hours each that must be taken in sequence. These courses will allow all attendees to participate in interactive exercises that demonstrate in a practical manner the application of basic 6 Sigma principles and problem-solving tools. The application of these improvement techniques applies equally to the plant or office, whether service or manufacturing. Develop a structured, data-driven approach to eliminate defects, decrease variation, and improve the customer experience. All attendees participate in hands-on exercises that demonstrate the application of Six Sigma improvement techniques and the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) problem solving methodology. Individuals should have experience with basic 6 Sigma improvement methodologies.

  • 3 workshops: Define & Measure; Analyze; Improvements & Controls must be taken in sequence
  • Online knowledge retention exam following the last workshop
  • One practical 6 Sigma project to demonstrate measurable company benefits based on application of knowledge gained
  • Certification Awarded

Supervision Fundamentals Certification
To ensure your company’s long-term success, effective supervision and leadership needs to be in place. However, all too often those with the best individual performance are promoted to lead and supervise others without adequate training. How do you minimize your company’s risk and maximize your team’s positive performance and cohesiveness?  Start by becoming certified in Supervision!

  • 6 workshops be completed in as little as four months
  • Online knowledge retention exams – after each required course
  • Two practical application projects – demonstrated in-house
  • Certification Awarded

6 Sigma Green Belt Certification Online
Develop a structured, data-driven approach to eliminate defects, decrease variation, and improve the customer experience. All attendees participate in exercises that demonstrate the application of Six Sigma improvement techniques and the DMAIC problem solving methodology. Certification may be awarded in as little as six months.

  • 4 half-day workshops: Define & Measure; Measurement & Analysis; Analysis & Improvement; Improvement & Control that must be taken in sequence
  • Online knowledge retention exam following the last workshop
  • One practical 6 Sigma project to demonstrate measurable company benefits based on application of knowledge gained
  • Certification Awarded

Supervision Fundamentals Certification Online
To ensure your company’s long-term success, effective supervision and leadership needs to be in place. However, all too often those with the best individual performance are promoted to lead and supervise others without adequate training.  How do you minimize your company’s risk and maximize your team’s positive performance and cohesiveness? Become certified in Supervision!

  • 6 workshops be completed in as little as three months
  • Online knowledge retention exams – after each required course
  • Two practical application projects – demonstrated in-house
  • Certification Awarded

Lean Practitioner Certification Online
To compete in today's environment, manufacturing companies need to actively support continuous improvement by focusing on applying Lean principles. How can you learn the skills and techniques necessary to eliminate waste and solve problems in your organization? Start by becoming Lean Practitioner Certified.

  • 6 workshops
  • Knowledge retention exams - after each required course
  • Pragmatic coaching to help you apply what you have learned
  • Practical application projects - demonstrated twice in-house
  • Certification Awarded

Strategic Leader Certification Online
Manufacturers need effective leaders that can attract and retain talent, translate strategy to action, and guide their team to improved performance. Avoid becoming the “bad boss” dealing with turnover. Communicate to your team where they fit and why they matter. Then equip yourself with the tools necessary to become the leader others want to follow.

  • 5 workshops
  • Customized project and presentation coaching
  • One leadership project - a senior manager from the company must sign and approve the project prior to submitting and presenting
  • Strategic leader project presentation
  • Certification Awarded

 

Previous work/training credit:
Students with applicable work experience or training in a Lean subject area may take and pass a test for that subject and substitute an applicable elective course.

Complaint procedure:
Complaints and positive feedback are accepted on feedback sheets after every class. All direct complaints from any source are reviewed by administrative staff and are escalated to a weekly management staff meeting for discussion, assignment and follow up.

Manufacturers Alliance Officials: 
Kirby Sneen, President
Susan Moldenhauer, Admissions Manager

Disclosure Statement:
Manufacturers Alliance at 8421 Wayzata Blvd., Golden Valley MN 55426 is licensed as a private career school with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 141.21 to 141.32. Licensure is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the
institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3976

Antitrust Compliance Policy
It is the policy of the Manufacturers Alliance to comply with all federal and state antitrust laws; and avoid any appearance of improper activity that may constrain competition with reference to product price, quality, or distribution; nor restrict the competitive opportunities of competitors, suppliers, or customers. Given the expense of antitrust investigations and litigation, it is important that every individual involved in our Association activities both comply with the law and behave in a manner that does not suggest that the law is being violated.

It is illegal to enter into an agreement or understanding (no matter how informal) with a competitor concerning a course of conduct that unreasonably restrains trade. Therefore, in connection with any Association meeting or other activity, never discuss or agree with a competitor concerning any of the following subjects: Prices, future prices, or pricing policies; including anti-competitive informal, unwritten understandings. Mere suggestions or exchange of information regarding specific prices, pricing intentions or price-related terms and conditions, can lead to antitrust investigations. Specific terms or conditions of doing business with customers, such as specific credit terms and credit availability, discounts, rebates, warranty terms, return policies, and so forth; profits or profit margins; Specific market shares of any competitor; the nature of a bid, one’s intent to bid or not to bid, for particular business; a willingness to serve only certain customers or territories, or to build only certain types of products.