Snead State Community College Receives $15,000 in Education Trust Funds


Snead State has been approved to receive $15,000 in grant money from the Alabama Community College System to provide training for Marshall Medical Center employees.

Snead State is partnering with the University of Alabama in Huntsville Office of Operational Excellence to provide the healthcare training. The training will target Lean Introduction, Problem Solving, and Root Cause Analysis for about 90 MMC employees.

“Marshall Medical employees are the winners in the awarding of this grant,” said Teresa Guess, Vice President of Quality for MMC. “This training provided in conjunction with UAH will be focused on implementing Lean principles in healthcare. This will enable MMC employees to identify and eliminate non-value added activities through continuous improvement.”

According to the Lean Enterprise Institute (, “A popular misconception is that lean is suited only for manufacturing. Not true. Lean applies in every business and every process. It is not a tactic or a cost reduction program, but a way of thinking and acting for an entire organization. Businesses in all industries and services, including healthcare and governments, are using lean principles as the way they think and do.”

“This pursuit of perfection will enhance their ability to provide quality healthcare to residents of Marshall County,” said Ms. Guess.
Director of Workforce Development and the Arab Instructional Site Teresa Walker expressed her appreciation to the American Community College System and the Northeast Alabama Workforce Development Regional Council, Inc., Region 2 for the funding to support the partnership with Snead State and Marshall Medical Centers. 

“Snead State is delighted to assist Marshall Medical Centers with their workforce training needs. MMC is one of our largest employers in Marshall County, and we appreciate the opportunity to serve them as one of our business and industry partners,” Ms. Walker said.

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