Welcome to the New Year!

A new year brings new changes. We still have a few section leadership roles available. If you are interested in a position, please contact our 2020 section chair

Shantae Jenkins, SJenkins@kmanagementsolutions.com

and our regional ASQ representatives:

Steven Idzikowski, sidzikowski@asq.org

Michael Kirchner, mkirchner.asq@gmail.com

While ASQ is always happily accepting new members, please submit interest in leadership roles by Monday, January 27th.

Practicing What We Preach

At our June monthly meeting, we began to practice what we preach by creating a Cause & Effect Diagram (aka “Ishikawa Diagram” or “Fishbone Diagram”) to explore potential causes of low attendance and member engagement. We need your help in order to move this exercise forward by getting your thoughts on the questions below. We will share the results with the section as soon as the results are in.

Draft Fishbone diagram use to gather input on potential causes for low attendance and member engagement (June 24th, 2019)

Would you like to give us your feedback? Take the survey here.

Trident Tech – Scholarship Opportunity

Trident Tech

Attention ASQ Charleston Section members:

Trident Tech has a great educational opportunity available. The Workforce Pathways Scholarship can grant up to $2000 for tuition and books. Basically, you can take great courses for professional or personal development for free (see notes for minimal up-front costs). To obtain information on the Workforce Pathways Scholarship Funding Opportunity, including approved courses and the application, please visit website: http://www.tridenttech.edu/ce/funding/index.htm

Course list can be found at http://www.tridenttech.edu/ce/programs/catalog/index.htm

Notes and Helpful Hints:
You do have to provide (at your expense) drug screen and background check – but it is a small investment of time and money for a return of up to $2000.
Trident has a special rate with Lowcountry Drug Screening on Goer Drive, North Chas. For $35 you get results of a rapid screen at time of test.
Background check can be obtained for $26 online at www.sled.sc.gov

If you have any specific questions, please contact:
Lisa Fought, M.Ed
Director of Programming
Division of Continuing Education
Trident Technical College

CEJC Night at the Stingrays – April 2 2016

CECJ Logo                   Stingrays

Join the Stingrays as they host the Orlando Solar Bears on Saturday, April 2nd at 7:05pm for Fan Appreciation Night with Free Parking!

Tickets are $12.00 – 2 & Under are FREE! (will add 10% processing fee)

Questions? Contact Dick Tiano at 843-509-6010 Stingrays Representative: Amanda Marchione at 843-744-2248 ext 1208 or by email at amarchione@stingrayshockey.com

A portion of each ticket goes back to CEJC scholarship fund To order tickets visit: www.groupmatics.events and enter the code CEJC

ASQ Charleston Partnership with Concentric Global

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ASQ Charleston has entered into a partnership with Concentric Global, a local Quality and Improvement consulting firm, to provide educational opportunities for our local ASQ Members at a discount.

By using promo code “ASQ1122”, ASQ Section 1122 members will receive a 10% discount on full-price 2016 open enrollment classes offered by Concentric.  Visit Concentric’s new website to see upcoming course offerings, and check back often to see when new offerings and other free resources are added.  In return, Concentric will pledge 15% of the course fee back to ASQ Charleston.

Note that Concentric is partnering with Trident Tech for the ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor class offered on Feb 23-25 2016.  This promotional price is 50% off regular price (limit 2 students per organization), and as such the promo code offer “ASQ1122” is not valid for this event.

Please consider Concentric for your training needs, and be sure to use Promo Code “ASQ1122” when signing up for 2016 full-price open enrollment courses!

Concentric Web Site



Education Offering from ASQ Section 111

ASQ Olde Colony

ASQ Olde Colony

Section 111


Live Webinar Certified

Quality Auditor (CQA)

Refresher Course (10



Dates: March 29, 2016

– May 31, 2016,



Time: 5:00 PM  6:30


$349  early registration ASQ member price

Starts Tuesday March 29, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm EST 

Our 10 Session Refresher runs Tuesday, March 29, 2016 through  Tuesday, May 31, 2016  

This online CQA Refresher Course offered by ASQ Olde Colony Section 0111 features “LIVE” instruction by ASQ Fellow, Tony DeMarinis to help you pass the CQA certification exam on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

As this is an Online (virtual) Course, the instructor and students can be anywhere in the world, as long as they have a computer with broadband internet access.  Audio connection may be achieved either by telephone or  computer equipped with a USB headset using VoIP technology.  No driving is necessary. Homework assignments will be sent/received via e-mail.

Visit the Course Info page to learn more and register!

CEJC Seeking Volunteers for Charleston STEM Fest

CHS Stem Fest 2016 CECJ Logo    

Charleston STEM Festival
Saturday, February 6, 2016 @ 10 AM–3 PM
Brittlebank Park, 0 Lockwood Blvd
Charleston, SC 29403

Dear ASQ Members, 

Charleston Engineers Joint Council (CEJC) is seeking volunteers from local professional societies to support the Charleston STEM Festival on Feburary 6 2016.  If you are interested please email Dick Tiano or Shawn Gordon to join CEJC’s group of volunteers to support this wonderful event.  You may also sign up directly with the STEM Festival by clicking here.

Details about the event: The Charleston STEM Festival is a celebration of science, technology, engineering and math in the Lowcountry area of South Carolina. This 3rd annual festival will be a highly visible outdoor event that provides opportunities for engagement and exchange between children, teens, families, and local STEM professionals and organizations. Learn more about the STEM Festival here.

Lowcountry Quality Conference and Section Leadership Opportunities

ASQ Charleston is seeking volunteers to help lead our annual Lowcountry Quality Conference and fill key positions in our Section Leadership Committee.  Please see the information below to find out more about these openings.  If you would like to volunteer, email Jennifer Leak at Jen.Leak@yahoo.com.  Please respond by January 31 2016 to be considered for all opportunities.

Your active involvement in ASQ Charleston ensures our section provides the best possible service to the Lowcountry in terms of education, information, and knowledge-sharing of Quality principles, practices, and tools.  Our section benefits from the vast experience of our members, and we look forward to having you on board!

For more information on these opportunities, and all upcoming events with ASQ Charleston, please visit our website: ASQ Charleston

Lowcountry Quality Conference Chair
Description: Lead the LQC Committee to ensure all preparations for the the conference are complete.  Ensure all tasks during the conference are covered and executed.  This includes securing sponsorships, finalizing speakers, coordinating logistics, and leading the communications and advertising.
A large bulk of work to prepare for the conference is already complete. If you choose to take this role, a meeting will be arranged with the previous chair to transition all remaining tasks.
Conference Dates: April 21-22 2016
Location: Tanger Crowne Plaza
Incentive: If you choose to lead the LQC for 2016, a scholarship covering the registration fees for ASQ’s Conference on Quality and Improvement scheduled for May 16-18 2016 will be provided.

Lowcountry Quality Conference Committee Volunteers
Volunteer to support the LQC Chair – tasks may include securing speakers, soliciting sponsors, coordinating communications and advertising, and being available on-site during the conference to assist with registrations, room monitoring, and other activities as needed.
If you are interested in volunteering, a meeting will be scheduled with the LQC Chair to review the plan and allocate tasks.
Conference Dates: April 21-22 2016
Location: Tanger Crowne Plaza
IncentiveIf you are willing and able to volunteer to be part of the LQC Committee, you will be provided with a complimentary pass to attend the conference.

ASQ Charleston Vice Chair
Description:  The vice chair is second in command after the chair.  If there are multiple vice chairs, their responsibilities and succession order shall be established by the SLC and documented in section policy and position descriptions. The Vice Chair(s) will be considered for the Chair position in 2017 pending the vote in the fall of 2016.
Expected Time Commitment: 6-8 Hours per month
Term: January 1 – December 31 2016
More Information: ASQ Vice Chair Position Description

ASQ Charleston Placement Chair
Description: Coordinate the section’s job placement program to facilitate access to professional opportunities for your section members and assist area companies with recruiting quality professionals.
Expected Time Commitment: 2-3 Hours per month
Term: January 1 – December 31 2016
More Information: ASQ Placement Chair Position Description

ASQ Charleston Historian
Description: Maintain membership and activity information for the section for historical purposes.
Expected Time Commitment: 2-3 Hours per month
Term: January 1 – December 31 2016
More Information: ASQ Section Historian

ASQ Charleston Programs Chair
Description: Determine focus of section events and programs. Solicit speakers to match topics. Work with arrangements chair, if applicable, to coordinate speaker needs.
Expected Time Commitment: 2-3 Hours per month
Term: January 1 – December 31 2016
More Information: ASQ Programs Chair

ASQ Charleston Arrangements Chair
Description: Oversee arrangements for all regular meetings of the section and other special programs and conferences as assigned by the Section Leadership Committee (SLC) or other committee chairs.
Expected Time Commitment: 2-3 Hours per month
Term: January 1 – December 31 2016
More Information: ASQ Arrangements Chair

Job Posting: Process Quality Engineer


As a service to our members, we will post available quality-related positions available in the Charleston SC area.

WABCO is a leading global supplier of technologies and control systems for the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicles. Founded nearly 150 years ago, WABCO continues to pioneer breakthrough mechanical, mechatronic and electronic technologies for braking, stability and transmission automation systems supplied to the world’s leading commercial truck, bus and trailer manufacturers.

With 11,000 employees (1,650 engineers) in 34 countries and sales of $2.7 billion in 2013, WABCO has evolved its unique culture of innovation and diversity to meet customer needs across the world by leveraging local talents and knowledge into a global environment of collaboration.

WABCO is seeking a Process Quality Engineer for their Charleston, SC location.

Please follow this link to review the position description and apply online.



ASQ Charleston Quality Library Established

A local quality library has been established for ASQ Charleston!

The reference books listed below have been donated to ASQ Charleston by KB-Analytics Principal and ASQ member Carl Betterton and his partner at KBA, Dr. Lordanis Karagiannidis. This set of reference material is housed at The Citadel’s School of Business in Bond Hall room 274, and all volumes are available to ASQ Charleston members and to Citadel students studying quality management.


Dr. Betterton


Dr. Karagiannidis

Both Dr. Betterton and Dr. Karagiannidis are faculty members in the School of Business, and extend a welcome to ASQ Charleston members to visit campus if they wish use these references, or to borrow them via coordination with Dr. Betterton, who can be reached at Carl.Betterton@Citadel.edu or by phone at (843) 953-0834.

Over time, and with help from our members, ASQ Charleston intends to update and expand the reference library by replacing volumes that have a newer edition, and adding books suggested by our members. The Quality Library will become an important asset in support of chapter members studying for ASQ certifications.

ASQ Charleston Quality Library (Nov 2015)
The Six Sigma Handbook: A Complete Guide for Greenbelts, Blackbelts & Managers at all Levels.
By: Thomas Pyzdek
McGraw-Hill, Quality Publishing, 2001

Juran’s Quality Handbook, Fourth Edition
By: Joseph M. Juran & A. Blanton Godfrey
McGraw-Hill, 1988

Juran’s Quality Handbook, Fifth Edition
By: Joseph M. Juran & A. Blanton Godfrey
McGraw-Hill, 1999

Product Development Planning for Health Care Products Regulated by the FDA
By: Elaine Whitmore
ASQC Quality Press, 1997

The Essence of Quality Management
Anthology, Volumes 1 – 3
Sigler Printing and Publishing, Inc., 1997 – 1999 (Paperback)

How To Fail An FDA Quality Audit
By: Mort Levin
Mort Levin, Inc., 1996

The Quality Technician’s Handbook, Third Edition
By: Gary K. Griffith
Prentice Hall, 1996

Fundamentals of Quality Control
By: B. Scott Parsowith
ASQC Quality Press, 1995 (Paperback)

Managing Records for ISO 9000 Compliance
By: Eugenia K. Brumm
ASQC Quality Press, 1995

Total Quality Service: A Simplified Approach to Using The Baldrige Award Criteria
By: Sheila Kessler
ASQC Quality Press, 1995 (Paperback)

Buying and Supplying Quality
By: Richard T. Weber & Ross H. Johnson
ASQC Quality Press, 1993

Documenting Quality for ISO 9000 and Other Industry Standards
By: Gary E. MacLean
ASQC Quality Press, 1993 (Paperback)

MRB Engineering Handbook
By: Robert C. Noe
ASQC Quality Press, 1993

Designing for Quality
An Introduction to The Best of Taguchi and Western Methods of Statistical Experimental Design
By: Robert H. Lochner & Joseph E. Matar
Quality Resources, 1990

Supplier Certification: Achieving Excellence
By: Peter L. Grieco, Jr., Michael W. Gozzo and Jerry W. Claunch
PT Publications, Inc., 1988

Guide For Reducing Quality Costs, Second Edition
Quality Costs Committee, Jack Campenella, Chairman
ASQC Quality Press, 1987 (Paperback)

Handbook Of Quality Assurance For The Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
By: James P. Dux, Ph.D.
Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1986

Handbook for Total Quality Assurance
By: Edward M. Stiles
Prentice-Hall, 1977

Modern Methods for Quality Control and Improvement
By: Harrison M. Wadsworth, Kenneth S. Stephens and A. Blanton Godfrey
John Wiley & Sons, 1986

Quality Control, Second edition
By: Dale H. Besterfield
Prentice-Hall, 1986

Quality Planning and Analysis
By: J. M. Juran and Frank M. Gryna, Jr.
McGraw-Hill, 1980

The FDA and Worldwide Quality System Requirements Guidebook for
Medical Devices
By: Kimberly A. Trautman
ASQC Quality Press, 1997

The Quality System Compendium: GMP Requirements and Industry Practice.
AAMI, 1998

Statistical Process Control Methods For Long and Short Runs, Second Edition
By: Gary K. Griffith
ASQC Quality Press, 1996

Short Run SPC
By: Donald J. Wheeler
SPC Press, Inc., 1991

The ISO 9000 Auditor’s Companion
By: Kent A. Keeney
ASQC Quality Press, 1995

How To Perform Skip-Lot and Chain Sampling, Second Edition
By: Kenneth S. Stephens
ASQC Quality Press, 1995

How To Perform Continuous Sampling, Second Edition
By: Kenneth S. Stephens
ASQC Quality Press, 1995

How To Choose The Proper Sample Size
By” Gary G. Brush
ASQC Quality Press 1988

CQE: Certified Quality Engineer Examination Study Guide
By: Thomas Pyzdek
Quality America, Inc., 1984

Controlling Quality With Statistical Methods, Units I, II and III
By: Herbert F. Spirer Ph.D.
The MGI Management Institute, 1980