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Welcome to NEORTC!

The Northeast Ohio Regional Training Center (NEORTC) proudly serves the counties of Ashland, Ashtabula, Columbiana, Geauga, Holmes, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Wayne. NEORTC's offices and training site are located at:

264 South Arlington Street, Akron, OH 44306

As part of the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program (OCWTP), NEORTC is committed to high quality, culturally responsive, family-centered, job related training for child welfare staff in its fourteen-county region.

Beginning Monday, November 8, 2021 and until further notice, the following protocols will be in place at the Northeast Ohio Regional Training Center.

Training Calendar / Schedule

1. NEORTC in person trainings on site at the SCCS Education Center will return to normal scheduling. A combination of in person and virtual trainings will continue to be offered.

2. Counties will be encouraged to follow the COVID-19 Training Protocol at NEORTC when hosting training at their sites. Counties can determine additional restrictions as needed for their training rooms/buildings.

Building Environment  

3. (NEW) Kitchen – Trainees will have access to the kitchen, including the refrigerator and microwave. Appliances should be wiped down with disinfectant wipes after use. 

Training Room Environment and Trainee/Trainer Guidelines

1. Although restrictions on social distancing will be removed, NEORTC will limit capacity in the training room to 50% capacity.

2. Trainers and trainees will be asked to follow all COVID-19 screening protocols that have been set for NEORTC staff.

a. Temperature Checking – It is recommended that all trainees and trainers take their temperature prior to coming to NEORTC for training. Individuals with a temperature in excess of 100.4 are prohibited from attending training at any NEORTC training site.

b. Stay Home When Sick – Trainers and trainees exhibiting any symptoms (including coughing and/or having trouble breathing) or who are ill are asked to stay home to protect others.

3. Face Coverings – Face coverings are required for all trainees and trainers while attending training at any NEORTC sponsored training site, including county hosted trainings.


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Additionally, NEORTC staff are available to address questions or concerns regarding other training opportunities.

Please contact:

Mary Serapiglia, Director, at

Jodie Hembree, Staff Training Coordinator, at

Julie Hayden, Foster Parent Training Coordinator, at

Christina Malpass, Foster Parent Training Coordinator, at

The health and well-being of those we serve, our staff and the community are our top priorities. We appreciate your continued support and understanding.


In cooperation with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO), and the Ohio's University Consortium for Child and Adult Services (OUCCAS), NEORTC's staff has provided competency-based training since 1986.

Please visit our current staff training and foster parent training calendars, and be sure to contact us with any questions.

Click HERE to view the NEORTC Online Caseworker Core Orientation Guide. (Please note:  Chrome is the recommended browser to view this online Guide)


Interested in participating in the OCWTP coaching program? Coaching request forms are available below. RTC staff will contact you with additional information upon receipt.

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