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City of Marion Housing Authority Announces Community Resource Computer Lab

MARION – The City of Marion’s Housing Authority announced Wednesday that the Community Resource Computer Lab at 901 Sherman Drive is now open. 

The services offered at the Sherman Drive location in Marion are intended to assist with employment, education and personal wellbeing. Residents of Marion may use the facility to look at job postings, create resumes and fill out applications for work. Free online career profiler and preparation classes are also installed. Online GED instruction is available which includes assessment. Also available are college placement study guides and practice tests. The computers can also be used to access school grades for children, virtual doctor visits and other personal needs. Finally, installed on each computer are links to helpful services.     

This ground-breaking project places online GED services in partnership with City of Marion Housing Authority for residents that are unable to attend in-person classes. Terance Henry, Chair of the Southern Illinois Workforce Development Board (SIWDB) said, “This project allows residents of Marion much needed free access to computers and resources that in the past were not available to them all while being in a safe community atmosphere.” The project is kicking off this month with an informational meeting on Thursday, January 5th, at 2:00 p.m. The computer lab will have an assistant available at various times through the week. Man-Tra-Con staff will visit weekly as well. 

All computers were donated by the City of Marion. Thank you to the following project partners: the City of Marion, Marion City Council, City of Marion Housing Authority and Man-Tra-Con Corporation. Interested residents and community members should contact Gracie Reilly, Executive Director for the City of Marion’s Housing Authority for more information. She can be reached at 618-997-1258.