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  • Follow, Like & Share @SalemSODCenter posts and events.
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Dean Hansell Training Award

The Dean Hansell Training Scholarship will provide education funding to expand the employment opportunities for Salem High School graduates of any age who have been accepted into an accredited vocational, technical or credential program.

The selected candidate may attend a vocational school, trade school, technical school, certification training program, or credential program.  Eligible fields of study include, but are not limited to, advanced manufacturing, automotive technology, computer technology, construction, cosmetology, culinary arts, electrical, HVAC, health care, industrial maintenance, machining, plumbing, or welding.

All applicants must be a graduate of Salem High School.

Award selection is made by Sustainable Opportunity Development “SOD” Center, Inc. with preference given to applicants who:

  • Are currently unemployed or at risk.
  • Wish to remain in the Salem, Ohio Area.
  • Demonstrate a financial need.
  • Would like to expand their current skills.
  • Needs to retrain for today’s in demand careers


All applicants must provide a completed application by the determined deadlines.

  • Fall Application deadline: July 15, 2021
  • Spring Application deadline: December 15th, 2021

Funds will be awarded based on availability.

Applicants must agree that all application information will be reviewed by a scholarship committee and all award decisions are made by the SOD Center whose decisions shall be deemed final.


Basic Math for Manufacturing

Basic Math for Manufacturing

Would you like to work in manufacturing, but your math skills are a little lacking? Do you need to refresh basic math functions and skills? Set up one-on-one or small group tutoring of basic math concepts needed in manufacturing including: 

  • Arithmetic, Fractions and Decimals
  • Measurements - metric/imperial systems and conversions, area and volume, mass, temperature
  • Dimensions and Tolerances
  • Proportions, Ratios and Percent
  • Basic Algebra
  • Practical Geometry and Solid Figures
  • Angles and Triangles
  • Sines, Cosines and Tangents

SOD Center & City Launch Innovative New Website Service SizeUp for Businesses

March 21, 2022

The Sustainable Opportunity Development Center, Inc (SOD Center) and the City of Salem LAUNCH INNOVATIVE NEW WEBSITE SERVICE DESIGNED TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS SOD Center website provides free market research and business intelligence to help small

OhioToWork Job Fair April 13 2022 at SOD Center

March 11, 2022

The Port Authority has partnered with the SOD Center and the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition to bring this Ohio to Work event to the area with a goal of connecting job seekers with employers in Mahoning Valley. Executive director Penny Traina

The SOD Training Center Receives Association of Ohio Commodores Foundation Grant

October 26, 2021

The SOD Training Center is among five programs across Ohio receiving a workforce development grant from the Association of Ohio Commodores Foundation Fund. The Association awarded the Sustainable Opportunity Development Center, Inc., aka SOD Center,

New Computer Lab

October 13, 2021

Salem's SOD Center Expands Again With New Computer Lab In an effort to accommodate even more of Salem’s workforce, The SOD Center has added a new computer lab that boasts 15 new laptops. New computer aided courses and classes are being scheduled.W

Julie Needs Earns Prestigious Economic Development Credential

August 10, 2021

Michael Loges, President of the Ohio Economic Development Association, announced that Julie Needs, Executive Director of the Sustainable Opportunity Development Center in Salem, has been awarded the Ohio Certified Economic Developer (OhioCED) credent

Ohio Safe Routes to School

July 19, 2021

Safe Routes to School What is it? Safe Routes to School is a funding program through the Department of Transportation that helps make walking and biking to school safer for children in grades K through 8. What is available to the City of Salem?

Expansion of SOD Training Center

May 03, 2021

The Sustainable Opportunity Development Center, Inc. (The SOD Center) announces the expansion of The SOD Training Center. The SOD Training Center offers a location in Salem, Ohio to help meet the training needs of area businesses. The expansion of s

Circle K Invests in Salem

February 28, 2021

Salem, Ohio’s resilience proves a welcome commodity as Circle K opens their third store. The worldwide chain retailer’s slogan boasts, “From humble beginnings to world-class business;” therefore, Circle K and Salem are a perfect match. With i

Chipotle Opens in Salem Ohio

January 18, 2021

CHIPOTLE—MADE JUST FOR YOU! A Chipotle Restaurant is the newest addition to Salem, Ohio’s growing business community. Located at 2203 E. State St. and open 7 days per week from 10:45 AM - 10:00 PM, they are now hiring all positions. According to
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We support your business growth through site selection, retention, expansion, entrepreneurship, infrastructure, workforce development and quality of life. No wonder, businesses are Growing In Salem.

How SOD Center Does Work for You.

"We support all businesses, small and large, to attract, retain, expand and develop. We help build entrepreneurship, provide training facilities and connect you with the right resources – while collaborating with regional, state and national resources. We are all Growing in Salem." - Julie Needs, Executive Director, SOD Center