Students Gain Real-World Exposure

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May 10, 2018

Professor John LeBlanc continues to use real-world business operations to bring his technical management concepts to life.

This spring he took his management students on a field trip to the East Liberty Honda Plant. His connection to the facility comes from 2013 grad Chip McKenzie, who made it possible for students to tour the facility and see how Honda produces its quality cars. So as students are learning about lean six sigma, quality control, company culture, or value stream mapping, they are able to see these concepts come to life in the Honda atmosphere. Not only was this visit a great way for students to see how their past studies are being applied out in the “real world,” but touring Honda also provided students with a picture of what their lives could look like after graduation. Honda has consistently attended our career fairs in the past and repeatedly reaches out to hire Cedarville alumni, including a recent 2018 graduate.

Professor LeBlanc also used his lean management class to do projects for United Fiberglass of America. he team did two projects: four students laid out the plant for 5s and three worked on the Manufacturing Resource Planning system. If the company implements their recommendations, they should see a combined savings of $710,000 annually!

Thanks, Professor LeBlanc, for your great work to integrate our students in real business operations!

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