The Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy would like to announce the selection of the Northeast Regional Learning Center, which will be located in downtown Duluth, and hosted by the Tribal Training and Certification Partnership (TTCP). TTCP is part of the Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth. This connection with TTCP will help us work closely with tribal partners and St. Louis County to better meet the training needs of that area.

ttcp at the University of Minnesota Duluth

In this downtown setting, this training site will give learners access to food, beverage, and lodging amenities, as well as various cultural and social activities. St. Louis County's partnership includes providing office space for the northeast regional trainer to further support the regional training needs. Addie Smith has been hired to be the regional trainer for this learning center, and Stacey Steinbach is the Regional Training Supervisor overseeing all four regional sites.

Through legislation that passed in 2019 calling for the establishment of the Training Academy, it was determined that four regional learning centers and a metro-based training facility were to be created. Currently the Northwest Regional Learning Center, located on the Detroit Lakes campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, is complete and ready for training. The Southwest Regional Learning Center was also announced recently and renovations are underway. An announcement about the southeast regional learning center is coming soon.

The Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy is a collaboration between the Child Safety and Permanency Division at the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Our mission is to train, develop, and support the skills, expertise, and wellbeing of Minnesota’s child welfare workforce while nurturing a commitment to equitable child welfare practice. Learn more about our history here, and visit our website anytime: If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to contact us.