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CBTS Partners with University of Cincinnati to Enhance Student Opportunities


The agreement expands opportunities in IT education for students, faculty and business.

Date: 10/4/2013 12:00:00 PM
By: Dawn Fuller
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UC ingot   CBTS, a leading technology solutions provider, signed a multi-faceted collaboration agreement with the University of Cincinnati’s College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH), enabling the two entities to provide a world-class educational experience for students pursuing a degree in information technology.
CECH Dean Lawrence J. Johnson, left, and CBTS Vice President of Technical Operations Dave Burns
Signing Ceremony: CECH Dean Lawrence J. Johnson, left, and CBTS Vice President of Technical Operations Dave Burns


In a ceremonial signing at CBTS’s offices in Norwood on Friday, Oct. 4, Vice President of Technical Operations at CBTS Dave Burns, and UC CECH Dean Lawrence J. Johnson established a relationship to contribute to the ever-changing world of information technology, effective immediately.

“This agreement exemplifies UC’s goals of building key partnerships to support the broader community and to provide our students and our faculty with 21st century learning experiences,” says Johnson.

The partnership will give students expanded access to CBTS laboratories, innovative technologies and executive IT professionals. CBTS employees and UC faculty will collaborate to develop improved curriculums based on trending topics in the IT industry.  

David Tromblay, a senior in the UC IT program, says the agreement will continue to build on UC’s tradition of providing real-world experiences for students. “Having the opportunity to work with IT professionals from local businesses will add more depth to our courses that will benefit us beyond the textbook,” says Tromblay.

Equally, the relationship will give CBTS employees valuable exposure to the university’s classrooms, providing expanded opportunities to interact with students and contribute to building a strong future talent base.

“At CBTS, we understand that having hands-on experience directly correlates to a successful education in the information technology field,” said John Burns, president and general manager of CBTS. “We hope this partnership will continue to expand over time to connect the different disciplines in the college with other community projects CBTS is involved in.”

About CBTS
CBTS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cincinnati Bell. The company combines the data networking capabilities of Cincinnati Bell with next-generation managed services that provide companies with flexible solutions for end-to-end IT deployment. The CBTS business model can help organizations increase productivity and operational efficiency while reducing costs and risks through solutions that focus on business continuance, compliance, security, and technology infrastructure.

About Cincinnati Bell
With headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Bell (NYSE: CBB) provides integrated communications solutions—including local and long distance voice, data, high-speed Internet, entertainment, and wireless services—that keep residential and business customers in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton connected with each other and with the world. In addition, enterprise customers across the United States rely on CBTS, a wholly-owned subsidiary, for efficient, scalable office communications systems and end-to-end IT solutions. Cincinnati Bell is the majority owner of CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE), which provides best-in-class data center colocation services to enterprise customers through its facilities with fully redundant power and cooling solutions that are currently located in the Midwest, Texas, Arizona, London, and Singapore.

About University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati is one of America's top 25 public research institutions and the Cincinnati region's largest employer, with a student population of 42,000. U.S. News has described UC as one of America's “up and coming” universities. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls UC a “research heavyweight.” Forbes and Travel+Leisure magazines have named UC one of the world’s most beautiful campuses. UC was named a “green university” by Princeton Review. The university’s academic programs are highlighted by the world-renowned cooperative education program – founded at UC – which provides professional experience along with classroom learning.