WVU Industrial Extension Events

Understanding Cybersecurity Workshop 

August 6, 2019 | Beckley, WV

Holiday Inn – Beckley
114 Dry Hill Road
Beckley, WV 25801

9:30am – 12:30pm


David Carrick

Michael Goddard

A cause for concern…

Cyber-attacks have quickly become a growing concern for companies of all sizes and industries. Our appetite for technology and being “connected” is quickly outgrowing our ability to protect it, leaving many vulnerable without even realizing it.

Cybersecurity Facts:

• Small & medium-sized businesses are attacked about 4,000 times a day

• Manufacturing companies are consistently a top 5 target

• 60% of small companies are unable to sustain their business over 6 months after an attack

• $445 billion is lost annually to cybercrime and espionage across the entire world economy

• Cybercrimes are projected to exceed 6 trillion by 2022

• Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), & NASA require compliance to cybersecurity standards

How will this workshop help?

If you are like many businesses, you may not know what is expected, or even how to get started. Join us for an event focused on understanding cybersecurity and how to best protect your company’s information. Attendees will learn:

• How to identify potential cyber-threats

• How to protect their employees and information from cyber-attacks

• What is required to be compliant with current cybersecurity standards

About the Presenters

Pat Toth, NIST/MEP

As Cybersecurity Program Manager for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Pat was part of the team responsible for creating the NIST 800-171 cyber security standard.

Chris May, Advantage Technology

As an Information Security Consultant, Chris works closely with your company to identify gaps in current IT practices, determine specific security needs and directives, and recommend best practice solutions to reduce risk.

Advancing Manufacturing with Automation & Robotics

September 11, 2019 | Parkersburg, WV

Blennerhasset Hotel
320 Market St
Parkersburg, WV 26101

8:30am – 12:00pm


Deedre Hayes

Do you want to learn more about implementing automation and robotics into your facility?

Manufacturers have a wide variety of opportunities for improvement in their facilities, and now automation and robotics have become more cost effective than ever before.

Learn what options are available and how they can be used to streamline, supplement, or improve existing manufacturing operations at this new workshop.

We will have collaborative robots on-site for demonstrations, hands-on experience, and more.


About This Workshop

This workshop will cover the following topics and more:
•  Overview of the types of automation and robotics currently available
•  Trends in automation and robotics
•  Real world solutions to practical manufacturing problems
•  Identifying opportunities for automation and robotics in your existing facility
•  Collaborative robot information and demonstrations

Environmental Compliance and Permitting for Air, Water, & Waste in the State of West Virginia

September 26, 2019 | Parkersburg, WV

Blennerhasset Hotel
320 Market St
Parkersburg, WV 26101

9:00am – 3:30pm


Deedre Hayes

What DEP regulations and permits are required for your organization?

Would your company be ready if the DEP showed up at your facility?

What is required in Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Ground Water Protection Plans?

About the Seminar

This one day course is designed to inform and guide participants to a better understanding of the required permits by the WVDEP and EPA for West Virginia businesses and manufacturers in air, water and waste.

Upon completion of this class you should have a clear understanding of the appropriate regulations applicable to your facility, understand the permit process, develop and implement a compliant SWPPP/GPP, SPCC plan, and/or a Spill Prevention Response Plans, (SPRP), in your facility.

If your facility already has a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan/Ground Water Protection Plan, or Spill Pollution Control and Countermeasures plan participants will have a clear understanding of the requirements and possible violations when plans are not properly maintained.

About the Presenter

This seminar is being conducted in coordination with WVU-Industrial Extension and the WVDEP. Dr. Terry L. Polen, DM, PE, QEP, Ombudsman from the WVDEP. Some of the topics Dr. Polen will cover include:

– Required Permits
– Spill Pollution Control and Countermeasures (SPCC)
– Regulations for Used Oil
– Hazardous and Solid Waste
– Oil & Gas Permitting
– Toxic Release Inventories
– Developing Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) & Groundwater Protection Plans (GPP)
– Above Ground Storage Tanks (AST) rules

Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

October 15-17, 2019 | Charleston, WV

Advanced Technology Center at BridgeValley Community & Technical College
1201 Science Park Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303

8:30am – 4:30pm


Dee Hayes

Jerry Biser

About This Workshop:

This 3-day Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement is being offered as a collaboration between WVU Industrial Extension/MEP and the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers.


Workshop Description:

This introductory 3-day course will give you a thorough understanding of Six Sigma and how to eliminate defects through fundamental process knowledge. You’ll be able to quantify the critical quality issues in a company and then apply statistics to provide probabilities of success and failure.

Learn how to integrate principles of business, statistics and engineering to achieve tangible results. As a Six Sigma Green Belt, you will be equipped to support and champion Six Sigma implementation in your organization.

Participants must participate in all three days of the workshop and will take IISE’s Green Belt exam on the final afternoon.


What You Will Learn:

• Design and develop Six Sigma projects
• Determine process capability
• Employ the DMAIC process
• Perform basic statistical analysis on process measurements
• Prepare root cause analysis
• Support and champion Six Sigma implementation in your organization
• Explain the Six Sigma philosophy



Individuals who complete all of the course requirements, including passing the final test, will receive the Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers.


Additional Information:

Please bring a push button calculator.