SOD Center Expands with New Computer Lab

SALEM, Ohio — In an effort to meet the needs of the area workforce, the Sustainable Opportunity Development, or SOD Center opened a new computer lab with 15 new laptops at its work stations.

New computer-aided courses and classes are now being scheduled, according to a press release. The computer lab will allow the center at 440 Pennsylvania Ave. to expand its efforts in connecting businesses to needed resources and training Salem’s workforce to earn certifications, the release states.

Built into the expansion grant the SOD Center received earlier this year, the computer lab was prompted by the need of employers in Salem for more transportable technology, says Julie Needs, executive director.

“If a business has 10 employees to train on Office 365 by a certain deadline, but only has two laptops, they can now schedule time with us here at the center,” Needs said in the release. “And those 10 employees can be certified at the same time, instead of possibly having to wait until the next quarter.”

In addition to saving employers time and money, the computer lab enables the center to service almost every aspect of the local workforce, according to the release. That includes reaching unemployed and underemployed residents with training services that would enable them to advance their careers or go to college.

To learn more about training and classes at the SOD Center, visit or contact Training Coordinator Eva Slagle at 330 337 7669.

Pictured: The new computer lab at the SOD Center in Salem boasts 15 work stations with new laptops.

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