Students are First at Wor-Wic to Achieve CQIA
November 17, 2009

Justin Eckman and Robert Ford, manufacturing students, and Thomas Parsons and Alan Wuertenberg, electronics majors, all of Salisbury, are the first Wor-Wic Community College students to become Certified Quality Improvement Associates (CQIAs).

To obtain this certification by the American Society of Quality (ASQ), the students had to pass a three-hour examination that measured their understanding of the basic principles and philosophies of quality, team dynamics and continuous improvement. In addition to their regular class time, homework and jobs, the students spent seven to 10 extra hours each week studying for the exam.

“The CQIA exam is optional, but I encourage students to sit for it because it is a reputable credential recognized industry-wide in the technology fields,” said Donald C. Nicholson, technology department head and associate professor of manufacturing at Wor-Wic. “It isn’t a lightweight certification. It’s quite challenging for the students.”

An individual must have a minimum of two years of general work experience or an associate degree, and be a member of the ASQ to be eligible to take the CQIA exam.

All four students are members of the ASQ – Student Branch at Wor-Wic. Through ASQ, the students learn technical and leadership skills by networking with local professionals. They are also preparing to take the Certified Quality Process Analyst (CQPA) examination in December.

STUDENTS BECOME CQIAs. Pictured from left, are Justin Eckman and Robert Ford, manufacturing students, and Thomas Parsons and Alan Wuertenberg, electronics majors, all of Salisbury, who are the first Wor-Wic Community College students to become Certified Quality Improvement Associates (CQIAs).