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Posted on: Aug 20, 2018 9:41:02 AM

Tri-C’s Corporate College and Willory Partner on Payroll Certification Program

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New courses provide a certification pathway to develop payroll professionals

CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) and Willory today announced a  partnership to bring the American Payroll Association’s PayTrain College & University program to Northeast Ohio.

The program through Tri-C’s Corporate College® explores all levels of payroll administration. Coursework is designed for those interested in learning the basics of payroll through the Fundamentals of Payroll Certification (FPC) or becoming a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP).

Enrollment is now open for courses, which begin in September at Corporate College East in Warrensville Heights. Classes will also be offered at Tri-C’s Brunswick University Center in 2019.

The partnership meshes the professional training of Corporate College with the payroll and HR expertise of Willory, a staffing and consulting firm based in Bath. Willory staffing specialists will work with students to review resumes and credentials to prepare them for employment.

“This relationship with Corporate College comes at a time when the region is experiencing a shortage of qualified payroll professionals,” said John Bernatovicz, Willory’s president and founder. “We look forward to working with the talented students who complete this program.”

Courses are offered at two levels:

  • PayTrain Level 1: Fundamentals of Payroll Certification (FPC)

The session covers payroll calculations and applications necessary for new payroll professionals and support professionals. The Saturday morning classes begin Sept. 8 at  Corporate College East and Feb. 2 at Brunswick University Center.

  • PayTrain Level 2: Certified Payroll Professional (CPP)

Coursework at this level includes in-depth and advanced payroll topics for experienced payroll managers and supervisors. The course will be offered Saturday mornings at Corporate College East beginning Feb. 2.

The fee for the nine-week FPC course is $850 while the twelve-week CPP course is $900. To register for classes or learn more about the programs, visit or call 216-987-3075 (option 1).

Potential students can join a webinar at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. The hourlong session will cover building a career in payroll, the impact of payroll certifications and finding payroll employment.

Webinar recap is now available by visiting

“Corporate College exists to meet the training needs of Northeast Ohio’s business community,” said Robert Peterson, president of Corporate College. “We welcome the opportunity to partner with Willory on these courses to address a regional workforce demand.”

As part of its partnership with Tri-C, Willory is awarding five $200 scholarships to program participants during the 2018-2019 academic year. Visit to apply.



About Corporate College

Cuyahoga Community College founded Corporate College in 2003 to offer professional development and training to Northeast Ohio businesses. Corporate College offers classes, meetings and conferencing space at locations in Warrensville Heights and Westlake.


About Willory

Willory is a staffing and consulting firm solely focused in HR and payroll. We help our clients best leverage their people, process and technology. We do so by ensuring they have the best people in their HR and payroll departments, their employee life cycle processes are efficient and compliant, and that they are optimizing their HCM technology.


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