Training and Events

Training and learning events enhance performance, innovation, engagement and motivation. Our publicly scheduled events have been designed to boost you or your teams’ skills for a variety of manufacturing-focused opportunities.

Are you looking for specific solutions and tools or would you like to bring VMEC into your company for a service or project tailored for your team or entire company?  VMEC works directly with organizations to develop capability in systems and people and to collaborate on events for the manufacturing community.  Contact Us to bring existing, tailored or new training to you.

Tooling U-SME

Tooling U-SME

With nearly 600 online classes, virtual labs, instructor-led training, certifications, apprenticeships, consulting and more, Tooling U-SME works with thousands of company industry leaders, including more than half of all Fortune 500® manufacturers, 1,000+ educational institutions across the country and more than half of the states in our MEP National Network.  

Manufacturers Are Able To:

  • Build a more capable, adaptable workforce with 24/7 flexibility
  • Close and add to targeted, foundational knowledge and skill gaps in real time
  • Free up your internal experienced, value creating, in-demand technical experts
  • Inspire individual, professional growth in a safe, self-paced, on-line environment

Technology and the Human Touch using Tooling U-SME and VMEC  Not only does Tooling U-SME deliver needed content, it delivers the latest technology.  Interactive online classes increase engagement and knowledge retention and a mobile app provides the ability to learn anytime, anywhere.

“Tooling U-SME has been an integral part of The Husky Machinist Academy. It supplemented our curriculum with detailed, well-paced classes on topics like grinding, G code, and tool offsets, and reinforced the students’ classroom learning. A bonus was teaching “time management” and “work prioritization skills” to the apprentices. It fits in nicely to the program and we would like to incorporate it into future versions of The Husky Machinist Academy.”
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Devon McGarry, Campus Recruiter/Talent Marketing Specialist, Husky Technologies™ 

Tooling U-SME and VMEC work together with you to identify the appropriate learning outcomes, and quickly customize paths and offerings to make the optimum impact for the company and the individuals. We add value to your training program by offering a blended and adaptive solution, providing input and follow-up to the selection of learning options, hands-on support and integration as needed. We excel in supporting adoption of new learning in your processes to ensure you get the maximum value from your training investment.

Click on the following topics to view ways we can help your organization in furthering your training needs and capabilities: 

Contact Carla Wuthrich, VMEC Director of Field Operations and People Development Lead, to review the Tooling U-SME curriculum and find out how we can help you to support your people and your company results through these cutting edge programs.

Food Safety Certification and Training Programs

Food Safety Certification and Training Programs

VMEC is pleased to announce that we have partnered with highly accredited and acclaimed food safety experts in their respective fields to offer our VT manufacturers food safety certifications and training programs. As someone whose livelihood depends on keeping Vermonters and others around our country and possibly international populations with the highest quality of food and beverage the Green Mtn. State has to offer, we bring to you several opportunities to engage in programs to further develop your company’s success as it relates to food safety.  

Cornell Dairy Foods Extension, the University of Idaho and Registrar Corp. are offering discounted programs in the form of certificates and CEUs (Continuing Education Units), virtual and in-person options ranging from a few hours to single day to multi-day courses. 

The topic offerings just to name a few are: HACCP accredited courses, Food Safety Planning, Business Planning, FSMA Preventive Controls, Good Manufacturing Practices for Food, SQF Quality Management Systems, Managing Performance, Marketing, Cleaning and Sanitation, Environmental Hazards.  There are many more valuable sessions that are geared to specific industries and topics. 

Please visit the links below to sign up for a course or courses that suit the needs of you and your company as they relate to food safety. They fill fast so if you see something that interests you, please register at your earliest convenience. Each organization’s registration link is provided below and payment will be through their websites. 

Cornell Dairy Foods Extension - To obtain the in-state (Vermont) discounted rate, please add “/VMEC” to your company name when registering and choose the in-state rate to be eligible for that level pricing; this applies for all Vermont food/ beverage producers. Questions? Contact Louise M. Felker, Program Coordinator, Cornell Dairy Foods Extension, [email protected]

Boise State - Idaho - Tech Help - To obtain a 10% discount off the final price of any of their events, insert coupon code “VMEC10” when prompted.  Questions? Contact Dr. Janna Hamlett, Asst. Professor & Food Processing Specialist, Tech Help, [email protected]

Registrar Corp. - To obtain a 25% discount off the final price of online training and downloadable templates, please contact Louis Prue, VMEC Business Advisor, or Robynn Albert, VMEC Marketing and Training Manager, and one of them will provide a promo code to be used during the check out process.  View the complete list of courses which contain links and short descriptions for VMEC-approved training opportunities hereQuestions? Contact Betsy Hsiao, Director of Food Safety Online Training, Registrar Corp., [email protected]

Food Safety Programs & VMEC Initiatives

February 26, 2024

Food Safety Programs & VMEC Initiatives

WebEx • 12pm - 1:30pm • Free

It is said that Vermont is a foodie state… and we are! Chocolate, ice cream, apple pies, salsa, cheese, cookie dough, maple syrup, many varieties of ethnic foods, to name just a few aspects… and that is not even naming the many great restaurants and the farms that supply them, and the “buy local” movement in Vermont.

This 90-minute complimentary presentation, hosted by VT ASQ, will cover important aspects and methods related to:

  1. GPM - Good Manufacturing Practices
  2. HACCP Plan - Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points
  3. PCQI - Preventive Controls Qualified Individual
  4. Cleaning & Sanitation

It will include how VMEC is developing and bringing forth training opportunities related to food safety for Vermont manufacturers.  Join us to learn about food safety systems… and earn some RUs (Recertification Units) at the same time!

Presenter - VMEC Business Growth Advisor Louis Prue.  In 2023, Louis became certified in HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) and certified as a PCQI (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual). 

Note: If you have difficulty registering, please contact Tim King, VTASQ Education Chair, at [email protected].

ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor Training

February 26, 2024 - February 27, 2024

ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor Training

Husky Injection Molding System, 288 North Road, Milton • 8:00am - 5:00pm • $400 pp

Please Note: As of  February 8, we've reached our maximum capacity for this training session; if you register after this date, you'll be placed on a wait list and contacted in the event of a cancellation or when we schedule a future opportunity. 

Create a successful ISO Audit Team in 2 Days! An effective Internal Audit program is an important component in maintaining your ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS). In addition, customer satisfaction, continual improvement and product conformance are predicated on predictable, stable, and repeatable processes. Well trained Internal Auditors provide objective evidence and proof of conformance by using time and resources wisely to support the Internal Audit function. This course is designed to transfer the skill required to conduct Internal Audits that support the organizations' needs and requirements to customers and is also designed to increase your understanding of auditing techniques and will take you step-by-step through the stages of an internal audit from audit planning to closure and follow up.

Training Overview - NOTE: both days of the training must be attended 

  • Understand quality management definitions, concepts, and guidelines
  • Understand the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 standard
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the auditor
  • Apply ISO 19011:2018 – Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems
  • Understand the types of risks and opportunities associated with auditing
  • Recognize the principles, practices, and types of audits
  • Conduct all phases of an internal audit adopting a risk-based approach
  • Prepare and present effective reports

Who Should Attend?  Those employees who must perform audits to ISO 9001:2015, which includes quality assurance professionals, ISO Project Managers, management representatives, new and experienced Internal Auditors and quality professionals.

Instructor David Lambertson has over 35 years of experience in Quality Management and Management System implementation with focus on Management Systems auditing, Quality System design, Quality Assurance management and Systems Engineering. In-depth experience at NASA, DOE, NNSA, FAA and private sector clients such as Raytheon (RSC, RE&C), Orbital Science Corp (OSC) and Carrier Corporation with the development, implementation, and adherence to Policy Directives/Requirements, statutory and regulatory standards and the ISO/AS Standards.  His company, Qualitec Consulting LLC, provides Management System implementation, audits and training for federal and private sector clients in the development of Quality Management Systems in compliance with ISO 9001 and AS 9100 and develops quality documentation for these systems. 

NOTE: In order to ensure VMEC is offering the best business improvement programs to Vermont manufacturers and justify continued U.S. Dept. of Commerce funding for these services, participants may be asked to provide impact data and assessment through an impartial 3rd party survey firm 6 – 12 months after a VMEC-hosted public workshop.

Lean 101 Training – Lean Transformation in Manufacturing

February 28, 2024

Lean 101 Training – Lean Transformation in Manufacturing

Rutland Country Club, 275 Grove Street, Rutland • 8:00am - 4:00pm • $325 pp

Lean is a learning system that develops capability and adaptability in people and processes. Lean 101 workshops have created and reignited the spark for improvement in countless organizations in Vermont and across the globe. When paired with the commitment to further engage and develop employees at all levels, Lean has proven to result in the competitive edge that attracts customers, employees and investors.

VMEC’s Lean 101 with SEWBIZ simulation is a highly interactive workshop, like the well known BUZZ Electronics Lean 101 simulation. It integrates key fundamental learning points into three, integrated rounds of a simulated assembly business, SEWBIZ.  Participants experience directly the immediate and dramatic impact that Lean can have on how they feel, how they work and how their company performs. No previous experience is required. It is also suitable for Lean practitioners seeking a refresher.

Participants will begin this workshop as a new employee in a chaotic manufacturing company.  The results of SEWBIZ in the first round of simulation provide the basis on which Lean principles will be applied. Participants revisit the manufacturing environment and apply the Lean fundamentals that are taught “in the classroom”. Simple financial statements prepared after each round of the simulation show the impact of the improvements on a company’s bottom line. Lean Fundamentals covered include:

• Waste / Value added
• Flow vs. Overproduction
• Problem Solving & Improvement (PDCA, Kata)
• Standard work (TWI)
• Workplace organization (5S)
• Visual controls (Kanban)
• Plant layout & Point-of-use storage (POUS)
• Quick changeover (SMED)
• Batch size reduction (One Piece Flow)
• Quality at the source
• Pull systems, Supermarkets & 2-bin system
• Value Stream Mapping

Participants will walk away recognizing the 8 wastes, as they are known in Lean Manufacturing,  and with an introduction to mindsets and methods that they can use to eliminate these wastes in their own companies, as they did at SEWBIZ. They will also recognize that they are each now part of the community of learners and benefactors of Lean in Vermont as well as across the world.

Questions? Contact VMEC Business Growth Advisor Louis Prue regarding the training and its content. 

NOTE: In order to ensure VMEC is offering the best business improvement programs to Vermont manufacturers and justify continued U.S. Dept. of Commerce funding for these services, participants may be asked to provide impact data and assessment through an impartial 3rd party survey firm 6 – 12 months after a VMEC-hosted public workshop.

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

March 14, 2024

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

Zoom meeting • 12:00pm - 1:00pm • Free

Launched last summer, the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) expands the MEP National Network’s scope from working primarily with individual companies to taking a more comprehensive approach to manufacturing supply chains. The initiative will help establish new MEP service offerings to provide manufacturers with what they need to improve existing supply chain networks and fill gaps in the supply chain. VMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Vermont.

One key SCOIN service, CONNEX™ Vermont, is the Green Mountain State’s answer to your supply chain solution. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, this is the one-stop, secure, on-line platform that connects Vermont’s small manufacturers and suppliers in a single, searchable supply chain solution. 

Curious how to set up your CONNEX™ Vermont account? Have an account but want to learn more?  And what about all the benefits of SCOIN, such as scaling up your supplier scouting services, which helps organizations source domestic products and expand their capabilities as well as enhancing resilience and reducing supply chain vulnerabilities for manufacturers? 

This hour-long introductory session is just what you need to get you on the road to supply chain success; we’ll walk you through the benefits of joining Vermont’s supply chain network whether your focus is local or national.

Who Should Attend? Anyone and everyone interested in learning how to solve their company’s supply chain challenges. There is no cost to Vermont manufacturers to be part of either CONNEX™ Vermont or SCOIN. 

Mark O'Hearn, VMEC Business Growth Advisor - Supply Chain, will present this session. If this date and time do not work for you, feel free to view other offerings of the same topic being offered throughout 2024 or reach out to Mark directly to set up your own one-on-one session. 

Lean 101 Training – Lean Transformation in Manufacturing

March 20, 2024

Lean 101 Training – Lean Transformation in Manufacturing

Do North Coworking, 930 Broad Street, Lyndonville • 8:00am - 4:00pm • $325 pp

Lean is a learning system that develops capability and adaptability in people and processes. Lean 101 workshops have created and reignited the spark for improvement in countless organizations in Vermont and across the globe. When paired with the commitment to further engage and develop employees at all levels, Lean has proven to result in the competitive edge that attracts customers, employees and investors.

VMEC’s Lean 101 with SEWBIZ simulation is a highly interactive workshop, like the well known BUZZ Electronics Lean 101 simulation. It integrates key fundamental learning points into three, integrated rounds of a simulated assembly business, SEWBIZ.  Participants experience directly the immediate and dramatic impact that Lean can have on how they feel, how they work and how their company performs. No previous experience is required. It is also suitable for Lean practitioners seeking a refresher.

Participants will begin this workshop as a new employee in a chaotic manufacturing company.  The results of SEWBIZ in the first round of simulation provide the basis on which Lean principles will be applied. Participants revisit the manufacturing environment and apply the Lean fundamentals that are taught “in the classroom”. Simple financial statements prepared after each round of the simulation show the impact of the improvements on a company’s bottom line. Lean Fundamentals covered include:

• Waste / Value added
• Flow vs. Overproduction
• Problem Solving & Improvement (PDCA, Kata)
• Standard work (TWI)
• Workplace organization (5S)
• Visual controls (Kanban)
• Plant layout & Point-of-use storage (POUS)
• Quick changeover (SMED)
• Batch size reduction (One Piece Flow)
• Quality at the source
• Pull systems, Supermarkets & 2-bin system
• Value Stream Mapping

Participants will walk away recognizing the 8 wastes, as they are known in Lean Manufacturing,  and with an introduction to mindsets and methods that they can use to eliminate these wastes in their own companies, as they did at SEWBIZ. They will also recognize that they are each now part of the community of learners and benefactors of Lean in Vermont as well as across the world.

Questions? Contact VMEC Business Growth Advisor Louis Prue regarding the training and its content. 

NOTE: In order to ensure VMEC is offering the best business improvement programs to Vermont manufacturers and justify continued U.S. Dept. of Commerce funding for these services, participants may be asked to provide impact data and assessment through an impartial 3rd party survey firm 6 – 12 months after a VMEC-hosted public workshop.

Lean 101 Training – Lean Transformation in Manufacturing

March 27, 2024

Lean 101 Training – Lean Transformation in Manufacturing

Rutland Country Club, 275 Grove Street, Rutland • 8:00am - 4:00pm • $325 pp

Lean is a learning system that develops capability and adaptability in people and processes. Lean 101 workshops have created and reignited the spark for improvement in countless organizations in Vermont and across the globe. When paired with the commitment to further engage and develop employees at all levels, Lean has proven to result in the competitive edge that attracts customers, employees and investors.

VMEC’s Lean 101 with SEWBIZ simulation is a highly interactive workshop, like the well known BUZZ Electronics Lean 101 simulation. It integrates key fundamental learning points into three, integrated rounds of a simulated assembly business, SEWBIZ.  Participants experience directly the immediate and dramatic impact that Lean can have on how they feel, how they work and how their company performs. No previous experience is required. It is also suitable for Lean practitioners seeking a refresher.

Participants will begin this workshop as a new employee in a chaotic manufacturing company.  The results of SEWBIZ in the first round of simulation provide the basis on which Lean principles will be applied. Participants revisit the manufacturing environment and apply the Lean fundamentals that are taught “in the classroom”. Simple financial statements prepared after each round of the simulation show the impact of the improvements on a company’s bottom line. Lean Fundamentals covered include:

• Waste / Value added
• Flow vs. Overproduction
• Problem Solving & Improvement (PDCA, Kata)
• Standard work (TWI)
• Workplace organization (5S)
• Visual controls (Kanban)
• Plant layout & Point-of-use storage (POUS)
• Quick changeover (SMED)
• Batch size reduction (One Piece Flow)
• Quality at the source
• Pull systems, Supermarkets & 2-bin system
• Value Stream Mapping

Participants will walk away recognizing the 8 wastes, as they are known in Lean Manufacturing,  and with an introduction to mindsets and methods that they can use to eliminate these wastes in their own companies, as they did at SEWBIZ. They will also recognize that they are each now part of the community of learners and benefactors of Lean in Vermont as well as across the world.

Questions? Contact VMEC Business Growth Advisor Louis Prue regarding the training and its content. 

NOTE: In order to ensure VMEC is offering the best business improvement programs to Vermont manufacturers and justify continued U.S. Dept. of Commerce funding for these services, participants may be asked to provide impact data and assessment through an impartial 3rd party survey firm 6 – 12 months after a VMEC-hosted public workshop.

Lean 101 Training – Lean Transformation in Manufacturing

April 10, 2024

Lean 101 Training – Lean Transformation in Manufacturing

Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Avenue, Middlebury • 8:00am - 4:00pm • $325 pp

Lean is a learning system that develops capability and adaptability in people and processes. Lean 101 workshops have created and reignited the spark for improvement in countless organizations in Vermont and across the globe. When paired with the commitment to further engage and develop employees at all levels, Lean has proven to result in the competitive edge that attracts customers, employees and investors.

VMEC’s Lean 101 with SEWBIZ simulation is a highly interactive workshop, like the well known BUZZ Electronics Lean 101 simulation. It integrates key fundamental learning points into three, integrated rounds of a simulated assembly business, SEWBIZ.  Participants experience directly the immediate and dramatic impact that Lean can have on how they feel, how they work and how their company performs. No previous experience is required. It is also suitable for Lean practitioners seeking a refresher.

Participants will begin this workshop as a new employee in a chaotic manufacturing company.  The results of SEWBIZ in the first round of simulation provide the basis on which Lean principles will be applied. Participants revisit the manufacturing environment and apply the Lean fundamentals that are taught “in the classroom”. Simple financial statements prepared after each round of the simulation show the impact of the improvements on a company’s bottom line. Lean Fundamentals covered include:

• Waste / Value added
• Flow vs. Overproduction
• Problem Solving & Improvement (PDCA, Kata)
• Standard work (TWI)
• Workplace organization (5S)
• Visual controls (Kanban)
• Plant layout & Point-of-use storage (POUS)
• Quick changeover (SMED)
• Batch size reduction (One Piece Flow)
• Quality at the source
• Pull systems, Supermarkets & 2-bin system
• Value Stream Mapping

Participants will walk away recognizing the 8 wastes, as they are known in Lean Manufacturing,  and with an introduction to mindsets and methods that they can use to eliminate these wastes in their own companies, as they did at SEWBIZ. They will also recognize that they are each now part of the community of learners and benefactors of Lean in Vermont as well as across the world.

Questions? Contact VMEC Business Growth Advisor Louis Prue regarding the training and its content. 

NOTE: In order to ensure VMEC is offering the best business improvement programs to Vermont manufacturers and justify continued U.S. Dept. of Commerce funding for these services, participants may be asked to provide impact data and assessment through an impartial 3rd party survey firm 6 – 12 months after a VMEC-hosted public workshop.

OSHA 10-Hour Safety Training for General Industry

April 11, 2024 - April 12, 2024

OSHA 10-Hour Safety Training for General Industry

VT State University, Williston campus, Williston • 8:30am - 2:00pm • $450 pp

This 10-hour session is intended to provide general awareness education on recognizing and preventing hazards in a general industry setting.  Participants will be introduced to OSHA policies, procedures, and standards as well as general industry safety and health principles and work practices covered in 29CFR 1910-OSHA Standards for General Industry. It is also beneficial for employees in need of refresher training. 

Upon successful completion of the course  Certificates are issued immediately and act as proof that you completed the course.  Your OSHA 10-Hour General Industry DOL wallet card will arrive within 6-8 weeks.  NOTE: Both days of the training must be attended.

Instructor Katie Frederick, CSP, CHST, OHST and President and CEO of Applied Solutions Consulting.

NOTE: In order to ensure VMEC is offering the best business improvement programs to Vermont manufacturers and justify continued U.S. Dept. of Commerce funding for these services, participants may be asked to provide impact data and assessment through an impartial 3rd party survey firm 6 – 12 months after a VMEC-hosted public workshop.

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

April 16, 2024

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

Zoom meeting • 2:00pm - 3:00pm • Free

Launched last summer, the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) expands the MEP National Network’s scope from working primarily with individual companies to taking a more comprehensive approach to manufacturing supply chains. The initiative will help establish new MEP service offerings to provide manufacturers with what they need to improve existing supply chain networks and fill gaps in the supply chain. VMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Vermont.

One key SCOIN service, CONNEX™ Vermont, is the Green Mountain State’s answer to your supply chain solution. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, this is the one-stop, secure, on-line platform that connects Vermont’s small manufacturers and suppliers in a single, searchable supply chain solution. 

Curious how to set up your CONNEX™ Vermont account? Have an account but want to learn more?  And what about all the benefits of SCOIN, such as scaling up your supplier scouting services, which helps organizations source domestic products and expand their capabilities as well as enhancing resilience and reducing supply chain vulnerabilities for manufacturers? 

This hour-long introductory session is just what you need to get you on the road to supply chain success; we’ll walk you through the benefits of joining Vermont’s supply chain network whether your focus is local or national.

Who Should Attend? Anyone and everyone interested in learning how to solve their company’s supply chain challenges. There is no cost to Vermont manufacturers to be part of either CONNEX™ Vermont or SCOIN. 

Mark O'Hearn, VMEC Business Growth Advisor - Supply Chain, will present this session. If this date and time do not work for you, feel free to view other offerings of the same topic being offered throughout 2024 or reach out to Mark directly to set up your own one-on-one session. 

Lean 101 Training – Lean Transformation in Manufacturing

April 24, 2024

Lean 101 Training – Lean Transformation in Manufacturing

Orvis Fly Fishing School, 4169 Main Street, Manchester • 8:00am - 4:00pm • $325 pp

Lean is a learning system that develops capability and adaptability in people and processes. Lean 101 workshops have created and reignited the spark for improvement in countless organizations in Vermont and across the globe. When paired with the commitment to further engage and develop employees at all levels, Lean has proven to result in the competitive edge that attracts customers, employees and investors.

VMEC’s Lean 101 with SEWBIZ simulation is a highly interactive workshop, like the well known BUZZ Electronics Lean 101 simulation. It integrates key fundamental learning points into three, integrated rounds of a simulated assembly business, SEWBIZ.  Participants experience directly the immediate and dramatic impact that Lean can have on how they feel, how they work and how their company performs. No previous experience is required. It is also suitable for Lean practitioners seeking a refresher.

Participants will begin this workshop as a new employee in a chaotic manufacturing company.  The results of SEWBIZ in the first round of simulation provide the basis on which Lean principles will be applied. Participants revisit the manufacturing environment and apply the Lean fundamentals that are taught “in the classroom”. Simple financial statements prepared after each round of the simulation show the impact of the improvements on a company’s bottom line. Lean Fundamentals covered include:

• Waste / Value added
• Flow vs. Overproduction
• Problem Solving & Improvement (PDCA, Kata)
• Standard work (TWI)
• Workplace organization (5S)
• Visual controls (Kanban)
• Plant layout & Point-of-use storage (POUS)
• Quick changeover (SMED)
• Batch size reduction (One Piece Flow)
• Quality at the source
• Pull systems, Supermarkets & 2-bin system
• Value Stream Mapping

Participants will walk away recognizing the 8 wastes, as they are known in Lean Manufacturing,  and with an introduction to mindsets and methods that they can use to eliminate these wastes in their own companies, as they did at SEWBIZ. They will also recognize that they are each now part of the community of learners and benefactors of Lean in Vermont as well as across the world.

Questions? Contact VMEC Business Growth Advisor Louis Prue regarding the training and its content. 

NOTE: In order to ensure VMEC is offering the best business improvement programs to Vermont manufacturers and justify continued U.S. Dept. of Commerce funding for these services, participants may be asked to provide impact data and assessment through an impartial 3rd party survey firm 6 – 12 months after a VMEC-hosted public workshop.

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

May 15, 2024

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

Zoom meeting • 8:00am - 9:00am • Free

Launched last summer, the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) expands the MEP National Network’s scope from working primarily with individual companies to taking a more comprehensive approach to manufacturing supply chains. The initiative will help establish new MEP service offerings to provide manufacturers with what they need to improve existing supply chain networks and fill gaps in the supply chain. VMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Vermont.

One key SCOIN service, CONNEX™ Vermont, is the Green Mountain State’s answer to your supply chain solution. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, this is the one-stop, secure, on-line platform that connects Vermont’s small manufacturers and suppliers in a single, searchable supply chain solution. 

Curious how to set up your CONNEX™ Vermont account? Have an account but want to learn more?  And what about all the benefits of SCOIN, such as scaling up your supplier scouting services, which helps organizations source domestic products and expand their capabilities as well as enhancing resilience and reducing supply chain vulnerabilities for manufacturers? 

This hour-long introductory session is just what you need to get you on the road to supply chain success; we’ll walk you through the benefits of joining Vermont’s supply chain network whether your focus is local or national.

Who Should Attend? Anyone and everyone interested in learning how to solve their company’s supply chain challenges. There is no cost to Vermont manufacturers to be part of either CONNEX™ Vermont or SCOIN. 

Mark O'Hearn, VMEC Business Growth Advisor - Supply Chain, will present this session. If this date and time do not work for you, feel free to view other offerings of the same topic being offered throughout 2024 or reach out to Mark directly to set up your own one-on-one session. 

Lean 101 Training – Lean Transformation in Manufacturing

May 22, 2024

Lean 101 Training – Lean Transformation in Manufacturing

Rutland Country Club, 275 Grove Street, Rutland • 8:00am - 4:00pm • $325 pp

Lean is a learning system that develops capability and adaptability in people and processes. Lean 101 workshops have created and reignited the spark for improvement in countless organizations in Vermont and across the globe. When paired with the commitment to further engage and develop employees at all levels, Lean has proven to result in the competitive edge that attracts customers, employees and investors.

VMEC’s Lean 101 with SEWBIZ simulation is a highly interactive workshop, like the well known BUZZ Electronics Lean 101 simulation. It integrates key fundamental learning points into three, integrated rounds of a simulated assembly business, SEWBIZ.  Participants experience directly the immediate and dramatic impact that Lean can have on how they feel, how they work and how their company performs. No previous experience is required. It is also suitable for Lean practitioners seeking a refresher.

Participants will begin this workshop as a new employee in a chaotic manufacturing company.  The results of SEWBIZ in the first round of simulation provide the basis on which Lean principles will be applied. Participants revisit the manufacturing environment and apply the Lean fundamentals that are taught “in the classroom”. Simple financial statements prepared after each round of the simulation show the impact of the improvements on a company’s bottom line. Lean Fundamentals covered include:

• Waste / Value added
• Flow vs. Overproduction
• Problem Solving & Improvement (PDCA, Kata)
• Standard work (TWI)
• Workplace organization (5S)
• Visual controls (Kanban)
• Plant layout & Point-of-use storage (POUS)
• Quick changeover (SMED)
• Batch size reduction (One Piece Flow)
• Quality at the source
• Pull systems, Supermarkets & 2-bin system
• Value Stream Mapping

Participants will walk away recognizing the 8 wastes, as they are known in Lean Manufacturing,  and with an introduction to mindsets and methods that they can use to eliminate these wastes in their own companies, as they did at SEWBIZ. They will also recognize that they are each now part of the community of learners and benefactors of Lean in Vermont as well as across the world.

Questions? Contact VMEC Business Growth Advisor Louis Prue regarding the training and its content. 

NOTE: In order to ensure VMEC is offering the best business improvement programs to Vermont manufacturers and justify continued U.S. Dept. of Commerce funding for these services, participants may be asked to provide impact data and assessment through an impartial 3rd party survey firm 6 – 12 months after a VMEC-hosted public workshop.

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

June 13, 2024

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

Zoom meeting • 12:00pm - 1:00pm • Free

Launched last summer, the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) expands the MEP National Network’s scope from working primarily with individual companies to taking a more comprehensive approach to manufacturing supply chains. The initiative will help establish new MEP service offerings to provide manufacturers with what they need to improve existing supply chain networks and fill gaps in the supply chain. VMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Vermont.

One key SCOIN service, CONNEX™ Vermont, is the Green Mountain State’s answer to your supply chain solution. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, this is the one-stop, secure, on-line platform that connects Vermont’s small manufacturers and suppliers in a single, searchable supply chain solution. 

Curious how to set up your CONNEX™ Vermont account? Have an account but want to learn more?  And what about all the benefits of SCOIN, such as scaling up your supplier scouting services, which helps organizations source domestic products and expand their capabilities as well as enhancing resilience and reducing supply chain vulnerabilities for manufacturers? 

This hour-long introductory session is just what you need to get you on the road to supply chain success; we’ll walk you through the benefits of joining Vermont’s supply chain network whether your focus is local or national.

Who Should Attend? Anyone and everyone interested in learning how to solve their company’s supply chain challenges. There is no cost to Vermont manufacturers to be part of either CONNEX™ Vermont or SCOIN. 

Mark O'Hearn, VMEC Business Growth Advisor - Supply Chain, will present this session. If this date and time do not work for you, feel free to view other offerings of the same topic being offered throughout 2024 or reach out to Mark directly to set up your own one-on-one session. 

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

July 16, 2024

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

Zoom meeting • 12:00pm - 1:00pm • Free

Launched last summer, the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) expands the MEP National Network’s scope from working primarily with individual companies to taking a more comprehensive approach to manufacturing supply chains. The initiative will help establish new MEP service offerings to provide manufacturers with what they need to improve existing supply chain networks and fill gaps in the supply chain. VMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Vermont.

One key SCOIN service, CONNEX™ Vermont, is the Green Mountain State’s answer to your supply chain solution. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, this is the one-stop, secure, on-line platform that connects Vermont’s small manufacturers and suppliers in a single, searchable supply chain solution. 

Curious how to set up your CONNEX™ Vermont account? Have an account but want to learn more?  And what about all the benefits of SCOIN, such as scaling up your supplier scouting services, which helps organizations source domestic products and expand their capabilities as well as enhancing resilience and reducing supply chain vulnerabilities for manufacturers? 

This hour-long introductory session is just what you need to get you on the road to supply chain success; we’ll walk you through the benefits of joining Vermont’s supply chain network whether your focus is local or national.

Who Should Attend? Anyone and everyone interested in learning how to solve their company’s supply chain challenges. There is no cost to Vermont manufacturers to be part of either CONNEX™ Vermont or SCOIN. 

Mark O'Hearn, VMEC Business Growth Advisor - Supply Chain, will present this session. If this date and time do not work for you, feel free to view other offerings of the same topic being offered throughout 2024 or reach out to Mark directly to set up your own one-on-one session. 

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

August 14, 2024

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

Zoom meeting • 2:00pm - 3:00pm • Free

Launched last summer, the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) expands the MEP National Network’s scope from working primarily with individual companies to taking a more comprehensive approach to manufacturing supply chains. The initiative will help establish new MEP service offerings to provide manufacturers with what they need to improve existing supply chain networks and fill gaps in the supply chain. VMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Vermont.

One key SCOIN service, CONNEX™ Vermont, is the Green Mountain State’s answer to your supply chain solution. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, this is the one-stop, secure, on-line platform that connects Vermont’s small manufacturers and suppliers in a single, searchable supply chain solution. 

Curious how to set up your CONNEX™ Vermont account? Have an account but want to learn more?  And what about all the benefits of SCOIN, such as scaling up your supplier scouting services, which helps organizations source domestic products and expand their capabilities as well as enhancing resilience and reducing supply chain vulnerabilities for manufacturers? 

This hour-long introductory session is just what you need to get you on the road to supply chain success; we’ll walk you through the benefits of joining Vermont’s supply chain network whether your focus is local or national.

Who Should Attend? Anyone and everyone interested in learning how to solve their company’s supply chain challenges. There is no cost to Vermont manufacturers to be part of either CONNEX™ Vermont or SCOIN. 

Mark O'Hearn, VMEC Business Growth Advisor - Supply Chain, will present this session. If this date and time do not work for you, feel free to view other offerings of the same topic being offered throughout 2024 or reach out to Mark directly to set up your own one-on-one session. 

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

September 12, 2024

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

Zoom meeting • 10:00am - 11:00am • Free

Launched last summer, the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) expands the MEP National Network’s scope from working primarily with individual companies to taking a more comprehensive approach to manufacturing supply chains. The initiative will help establish new MEP service offerings to provide manufacturers with what they need to improve existing supply chain networks and fill gaps in the supply chain. VMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Vermont.

One key SCOIN service, CONNEX™ Vermont, is the Green Mountain State’s answer to your supply chain solution. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, this is the one-stop, secure, on-line platform that connects Vermont’s small manufacturers and suppliers in a single, searchable supply chain solution. 

Curious how to set up your CONNEX™ Vermont account? Have an account but want to learn more?  And what about all the benefits of SCOIN, such as scaling up your supplier scouting services, which helps organizations source domestic products and expand their capabilities as well as enhancing resilience and reducing supply chain vulnerabilities for manufacturers? 

This hour-long introductory session is just what you need to get you on the road to supply chain success; we’ll walk you through the benefits of joining Vermont’s supply chain network whether your focus is local or national.

Who Should Attend? Anyone and everyone interested in learning how to solve their company’s supply chain challenges. There is no cost to Vermont manufacturers to be part of either CONNEX™ Vermont or SCOIN. 

Mark O'Hearn, VMEC Business Growth Advisor - Supply Chain, will present this session. If this date and time do not work for you, feel free to view other offerings of the same topic being offered throughout 2024 or reach out to Mark directly to set up your own one-on-one session. 

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

October 8, 2024

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

Zoom meeting • 10:00am - 11:00am • Free

Launched last summer, the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) expands the MEP National Network’s scope from working primarily with individual companies to taking a more comprehensive approach to manufacturing supply chains. The initiative will help establish new MEP service offerings to provide manufacturers with what they need to improve existing supply chain networks and fill gaps in the supply chain. VMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Vermont.

One key SCOIN service, CONNEX™ Vermont, is the Green Mountain State’s answer to your supply chain solution. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, this is the one-stop, secure, on-line platform that connects Vermont’s small manufacturers and suppliers in a single, searchable supply chain solution. 

Curious how to set up your CONNEX™ Vermont account? Have an account but want to learn more?  And what about all the benefits of SCOIN, such as scaling up your supplier scouting services, which helps organizations source domestic products and expand their capabilities as well as enhancing resilience and reducing supply chain vulnerabilities for manufacturers? 

This hour-long introductory session is just what you need to get you on the road to supply chain success; we’ll walk you through the benefits of joining Vermont’s supply chain network whether your focus is local or national.

Who Should Attend? Anyone and everyone interested in learning how to solve their company’s supply chain challenges. There is no cost to Vermont manufacturers to be part of either CONNEX™ Vermont or SCOIN. 

Mark O'Hearn, VMEC Business Growth Advisor - Supply Chain, will present this session. If this date and time do not work for you, feel free to view other offerings of the same topic being offered throughout 2024 or reach out to Mark directly to set up your own one-on-one session. 

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

November 6, 2024

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

Zoom meeting • 12:00pm - 1:00pm • Free

Launched last summer, the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) expands the MEP National Network’s scope from working primarily with individual companies to taking a more comprehensive approach to manufacturing supply chains. The initiative will help establish new MEP service offerings to provide manufacturers with what they need to improve existing supply chain networks and fill gaps in the supply chain. VMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Vermont.

One key SCOIN service, CONNEX™ Vermont, is the Green Mountain State’s answer to your supply chain solution. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, this is the one-stop, secure, on-line platform that connects Vermont’s small manufacturers and suppliers in a single, searchable supply chain solution. 

Curious how to set up your CONNEX™ Vermont account? Have an account but want to learn more?  And what about all the benefits of SCOIN, such as scaling up your supplier scouting services, which helps organizations source domestic products and expand their capabilities as well as enhancing resilience and reducing supply chain vulnerabilities for manufacturers? 

This hour-long introductory session is just what you need to get you on the road to supply chain success; we’ll walk you through the benefits of joining Vermont’s supply chain network whether your focus is local or national.

Who Should Attend? Anyone and everyone interested in learning how to solve their company’s supply chain challenges. There is no cost to Vermont manufacturers to be part of either CONNEX™ Vermont or SCOIN. 

Mark O'Hearn, VMEC Business Growth Advisor - Supply Chain, will present this session. If this date and time do not work for you, feel free to view other offerings of the same topic being offered throughout 2024 or reach out to Mark directly to set up your own one-on-one session. 

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

December 5, 2024

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

Zoom meeting • 2:00pm - 3:00pm • Free

Launched last summer, the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) expands the MEP National Network’s scope from working primarily with individual companies to taking a more comprehensive approach to manufacturing supply chains. The initiative will help establish new MEP service offerings to provide manufacturers with what they need to improve existing supply chain networks and fill gaps in the supply chain. VMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Vermont.

One key SCOIN service, CONNEX™ Vermont, is the Green Mountain State’s answer to your supply chain solution. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, this is the one-stop, secure, on-line platform that connects Vermont’s small manufacturers and suppliers in a single, searchable supply chain solution. 

Curious how to set up your CONNEX™ Vermont account? Have an account but want to learn more?  And what about all the benefits of SCOIN, such as scaling up your supplier scouting services, which helps organizations source domestic products and expand their capabilities as well as enhancing resilience and reducing supply chain vulnerabilities for manufacturers? 

This hour-long introductory session is just what you need to get you on the road to supply chain success; we’ll walk you through the benefits of joining Vermont’s supply chain network whether your focus is local or national.

Who Should Attend? Anyone and everyone interested in learning how to solve their company’s supply chain challenges. There is no cost to Vermont manufacturers to be part of either CONNEX™ Vermont or SCOIN. 

Mark O'Hearn, VMEC Business Growth Advisor - Supply Chain, will present this session. If this date and time do not work for you, feel free to view other offerings of the same topic being offered throughout 2024 or reach out to Mark directly to set up your own one-on-one session.