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SHERPA Sustainability Institute: Call for Summer Term Scholarship Nominations – Military Veterans and Other Deserving Professionals

Gain Breakthrough Skills and Valuable Credential in Certified CISR® Practitioner Course – Continual Improvement for Social Responsibility

Submitted by: Sherpa Sustainability Institute

Categories: Careers, Sustainability

Posted: Apr 12, 2017 – 04:27 PM EST


DURANGO, Col., Apr. 12 /CSRwire/ - As part of its B-Corp Charter, SHERPA Sustainability Institute provides gratis seats to military veterans and other deserving professionals, to gain breakthrough skills in CISR® - Continual Improvement for Social Responsibility. The project-based, online Certified CISR® Practitioner Course is 14 weeks of instruction, with personalized, one-on-one, expert coaching.

Nominations for scholarships are easy:

  1. Visit SherpaSustainabilityInstitute.com
  2. Watch 5-Minute Video for Details
  3. Complete Simple 4-Step Nomination Form

Summer Term starts May 29 and Nomination Deadline is May 7. 

The course curriculum is based on the textbook “A Six Sigma Approach to Sustainability: Continual Improvement for Social Responsibility”, which has received numerous endorsements. 

In this complex world, it is refreshing to know that there is a coherent and instructive guide available to achieve long term success that can be used by any organization.  Everything that the organization, its members, and its external stakeholders need to ensure sustainable success can be found between the covers…”

―Robert B. Pojasek, PhD
 Harvard University

All participants receive a complimentary textbook.

About the CISR® Methodology
Continual Improvement for Social Responsibility
CISR (sounds like scissor) is a rigorous methodology for improving SR Performance, as a pathway to Sustainability, similar to Six Sigma being a methodology for improving quality.   

View the ASQ TV Interview to Learn More 

Scholarship recipients join a learning community of professionals from major corporations, government agencies, military, non-profits, and NGOs.  Self-nominations are welcome.
All Candidates receive 14 weeks of expert instruction, a complimentary textbook, weekly workbooks and other support materials, as well as personalized, 1:1 coaching, to complete their project and achieve certification.  7.4 CEUs are also earned.

Here's what past participants have to say:
“This course has been the only source of practical content for improving Social Responsibility I have found.  Until I began working on the CISR Certification, I was not fully aware of the power of strategic thinking in the realm of social responsibility.”
Billy Ingram - Certified CISR® Practitioner & Coach
Director of Lean Product Development

“This is not just an online course where you’re out on your own.  The coaching I received helped hold me accountable, so I made progress every week. I’ve really enjoyed the discussion boards, as well as networking with other participants and instructors.”
Brion Hurley - Certified CISR® Practitioner & Coach
Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Example Certified CISR® Practitioner Projects

Consumer Issues
New Manufacturing Method Communications Launch
Optimized success of new product launch, through strategic sales and marketing aimed to clearly communicating benefits and educate consumers.
Improved Product Information & Education
Increased sales of healthier snack choices in vending outlets, by providing access nutrition information.
Employee Engagement & Organizational Effectiveness
Improved Roles & Responsibilities Descriptions/Definitions
Elimination of ambiguity and duplicate efforts elevated job satisfaction and team effectiveness.
Enhanced Employee Recognition Program
Aligning rewards and recognition with employee preferences improved job satisfaction and performance.
Environment, Health & Safety
Hazardous Materials Handling Improvements
Mitigation of risks related to handling of highly flammable materials used in solar energy manufacturing process.

Scholarship FAQs:

Q: Can I nominate myself?
A: Yes! SHERPA welcomes self-nominations for either the Veterans or Coaches Scholarship 

Q: What is the Coaches Scholarship? 
A: These are Gratis Seats for deserving professionals who are interested in CISR Practitioner Certification and do not have employer sponsorship to register.  It is named the Coaches Scholarship because the Institute’s CISR® Coaches select the recipients from nominations. 

Q: What if Nominee is not employed and does not have an organization for their project? 
A: Participants do not have to complete projects with an employer. Organizations in the local community, such as school, municipal departments, clubs, house of worship and more, are excellent options for project completion.

Q: When are nominations due? 
A: Summer Term nominations are due May 7th

Q: When does class start? 
A: Monday, May 29 is Orientation Week for Summer Term.

Interested in registering your team for the course?
Email Info@SherpaSustainabilityInstitute.com for group rates and closed cohorts.

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