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Pittsburgh, September 29, 2009 – While in today’s economy we have seen the rise and fall of a number of automobile companies, Toyota still stands strong with a stellar record of quality and profits more than eight times higher than the industry average. Much of this success can be attributed to the Toyota Production System (TPS) or “Lean” concepts that the Japanese auto giant has used in its business. The “Lean” system has been used in major corporations and the health care industry, and now human resource professionals are also using these concepts to solve organizational problems.

People who want to learn how to utilize the “Lean” system in their business may attend a seminar at La Roche College titled, “What Toyota Can Teach HR: Using ‘Lean’ to Solve Organizational Problems” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Ryan Room, Zappala College Center, on the College’s McCandless Township main campus.

Presented by Tania Lyon, Ph.D., director of Organizational Performance Improvement at St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh, this course will be a brief, engaging introduction to “Lean.” Dr. Lyon will provide ideas on how to apply the system in individual departments, as well as introduce it to an entire organization.

Sponsored by the Department of Human Resources Management and the Office of Graduate Studies & Adult Education at La Roche, this seminar has been approved for two recertification hours towards PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). In addition, this session earns participants strategic credits towards an SPHR certification.

Light refreshments will be available during a 6:30 p.m. informal networking reception. The cost of the seminar is $15. For more information or to register, visit, call 412-536-1193 or e-mail

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