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PRG Certification Program accelerates NPIs for Silicon Valley product development teams

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Foothill-De Anza Community College

Foothill-De Anza Community College in Los Altos, Ca.

"With strong signs of economic recovery now apparent, this is the perfect time for hardware professionals to refresh their skills when it comes to launching new products."

-Mike Keer, Founder and CEO, The Product Realization Group

At the most recent MFGChata bi-weekly Twitter chat for manufacturing experts, leaders and trailblazerswe talked a lot about manufacturing education. Everything from improved STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) programs, to a revival of shop & manufacturing-focused high school classes and manufacturing apprenticeships.

And while we must prepare the next generation for engineering and technology-centered careers, we can’t forget about those currently in the industry who want to expand their skill sets.

Become a certified expert in new product introduction

For Silicon Valley hardware professionals looking to improve their competitive edge when introducing new products, our partners, The Product Realization Group (PRG) have developed a certificate program. This new, three-month, continuing education certificate program, will be hosted at the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

According to Michael Keer, founder and CEO of the Product Realization Group, “With strong signs of economic recovery now apparent, this is the perfect time for hardware professionals to refresh their skills when it comes to launching new products. With a focus on the practical application of engineering best practices, this program follows a “real” product through the new product development and introduction processes.”

The program, which runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8pm from March 20th until May 29th, is structured in five modules that cover:

  1. Marketing concept/engineering development

  2. Product reliability

  3. Configuration management

  4. Supply chain

  5. Business compliance.

With increasing globalization and offshoring, the program also offers new tools for increasing innovation and competitiveness using US-based expertise and services. By leveraging new concepts, such as Agile Hardware Development, the program is ideal for design engineers, engineering program managers, document control and operations engineering and supply chain personnel (including managers).

For registration and more information:

Click to register. And for additional information about the class, please call (408) 427-4645 or send an email to Mike Keer.

Help promote continuing education

If you have any educational opportunities you’d like to promote to our audience, please contact me with a link to your class, and how you think it can benefit our audience.

About the Author

Alex Gammelgard

Alex managed social media marketing and communications at Arena from 2011 to 2012. Although coming in fresh to the manufacturing industry, Alex is married to an engineer and is well ...

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