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Training Our Next Generation of Leaders

Recognizing the importance of training tomorrow’s industry leader, OPRA offers Advance Leadership Training.

As our industry leaders mature, the intellectual and developmental disabilities service system will soon be faced with a shortage of quality, experienced executives. OPRA hopes to ensure the system develops the next generation of knowledgeable, disciplined thinkers to move into leadership positions in provider agencies. This program is meant for employees in your agency identified as having the potential to be outstanding administrative leaders now and into the future.


Click Here to View the 2022 ADVANCE Curriculum and Training Materials


This is a yearlong intensive training set to begin in January and conclude in October of every year.  Participants meet during the dates listed on the 2022 ADVANCE Training Curriculum.  All classes will be held in-person and all students must be fully vaccinated in order to participate.  The trainings will be held at the OPRA office at 1152 Goodale Blvd., Columbus OH  43212 from 10am - 1pm.   Lunch will not be provided.   All participants need to be fully vaccinated and need to complete the assigned readings and materials prior to each meeting.

For provider organizations that are OPRA Members, one (1) individual from that organization may attend for $250, plus materials and fees.  Additional attendees from the same member organization may participate at a tuition rate of $1,000.00 each, plus materials and fees.   For non-members, any attendee may participate at a tuition rate of $1,500.00, plus materials and fees.  Payment for participation, if applicable, must be paid in full prior to the first meeting.


Inquiries & Applicants

We have reached class capacity and registration is NOW CLOSED!

Please contact Sonya Summers at if you have any questions.     

For specific information about ADVANCE: Provider Leadership Training, please contact Jamie Steele, OPRA Board Chair, Executive Director for Ohio Valley Residential Services, and ADVANCE Coordinator at