Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 2, 2008) - John Brown University’s Graduate Business Division has partnered exclusively with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to offer a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Global Continuous Improvement to Walmart and Sam’s Club associates this spring, 2009. Associates who participate in Walmart’s Black Belt certification in Lean Six Sigma training will have the opportunity to pursue an MBA with an emphasis in Global Continuous Improvement. “What an opportunity Walmart is giving their associates!” Pam Cagle, Sr. Director, Global Continuous Improvement, said. “This new MBA in Global Continuous Improvement saves the associates the costs of 12 MBA hours; these hours are completed during the work day. One requirement to obtain Walmart Black Belt certification is the associate must close two certifiable projects which require three approvals, the Champion of the Belt Candidate, Finance and the Candidate’s Master Black Belt. This program is a win for the associate and the company. The associate gains additional skills which gives them a greater chance to excel within Walmart while contributing to our overall performance.” The program is a combination of 24 hours of MBA courses and 12 hours of credit for Walmart Black Belt certification. “JBU’s Graduate Business Division is honored to partner with Walmart to create an MBA program for its associates,” Dr. Joe Walenciak, Director of Graduate Business Programs, said. “The MBA courses, combined with the rigor of Walmart’s Lean Six Sigma program, will not only help students gain knowledge, but has the potential to make a positive impact all over the world, and that is truly invigorating.” Lean Six Sigma is a business management strategy that looks for ways to remove waste and reduce variation in business processes; strives to generate a new process where none existed, or where an existing process is deemed to be inadequate and in need of replacement. To attend the Walmart Lean Six Sigma training program, which started in February 2007, requires the associate to be recommended by their Director or Vice President. Prior to the start date of the Belt Candidate's training, the Director or VP attends a Champion, one day, Lean Six Sigma overview training plus learns the expectations of the Champion. MBA courses are offered at the Sam Walton Development Center in Bentonville as well as at John Brown University’s Rogers and Fort Smith Centers. For more information, call 866-937-2528.