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Cincinnati Bell is helping a program that teaches Information Technology skills to teenagers at the Northern Kentucky Youth Development Center.

The Center, which is located in Kenton County, houses incarcerated teens who typically range from the ages of 14-18.

Approximately 40 boys are housed at the Kenton County Center, where they go to school for six hours a day before taking IT classes that allow them to earn specific certifications. 

Two of the classes focus on the fundamentals of fiber and copper cabling.

"We are teaching them something at this point that nobody else is teaching them," Dave Gideon, a rehab and IT instructor at the Center, told WCPO Channel 9.

"We're actually finding the kids that can build a fiber-optic cable and splice a fiber-optic cable in case a storm comes and it gets ripped in half."

Other classes include robotics, home audio repair, and computer networking. The program is underwritten by a company called C-Tech.

In each of the past two years, Cincinnati Bell representatives have presented to the IT students and answered questions about the telecommunications industry.

Several Kentucky state government officials attended to learn more about the Center's innovative program and saw Cincinnati Bell's engagement first-hand.

"It's really beneficial for the kids to see and hear about the industry," one Cincinnati Bell participant said. "We make our presentations very positive. These kids have all tripped and made mistakes, but they now have an opportunity to learn a skill that other people don't have. We tell them that if they do the right things going forward, they will have an advantage over the competition in this industry because of the training they are receiving."