CID, Kable Academy alliance empowers individuals to transform

Cincinnati Innovation District attracts companies by reinventing careers to meet industry demands

As major companies increase their demand for technology skills, Kable Academy joins Cincinnati Bell at the University of Cincinnati’s 1819 Innovation Hub to reinvent careers, meet industry demands and model how Cincinnati can attract more business to the region.

Kable Academy’s inaugural class for coding, web development and cybersecurity technology skilling is symbolic of the Cincinnati Innovation District’s mission: to solve the talent crisis.

In partnership with Cincinnati Bell and the Cincinnati Innovation District, Kable Academy now has a home in the 1819 Innovation Hub — the nerve center of the CID — for people ready to accelerate their careers and transform their lives by acquiring job ready technical skills. 

In addition, the alliance serves as a model for how the district will connect the economic engine of the institution and its partners more closely with the talent supply chain.

“We live in the knowledge economy where the need for educated talent continues to accelerate," says David J Adams, UC's chief innovation officer. “Physical capital is no longer the constraint, it is human capital. Programs like the Kable Academy are empowering individuals to transform their lives by delivering the much-needed skills and advancing their career path. 

“We are driven to bridge the divide between talent and the industries that need that talent. It is alliances like these, the proximity to UC — a Carnegie Level 1 research university — and our industry partners in the innovation district that will help us accelerate toward that goal.”

Transforming lives

Kable Academy students in UC's 1819 Innovation Hub sit at desks wearing COVID-19 PPE masks.

Partnering with Cincinnati Bell in UC's 1819 Innovation Hub, Kable Academy helps people gain necessary skills to transform their lives through safely learning cybersecurity and software development programing, even during a pandemic.

Corporations nationwide are seeking locations that supply digital talent through people, research and education. “When we ask, ‘What problem can we help you solve?’ The common response is, ‘Access to talent to help us transform our business,’” says Adams.   

As part of a universal truth, the transformation of talent has become the focus for the Office of Innovation at UC and the Cincinnati Innovation District, launched by Governor Mike DeWine earlier this year.

While DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted recognize the development and retention of talent as being critically important for the long-term success of Ohio, they see Cincinnati as the “blueprint” for the entire state.

We are driven to bridge the divide between talent and the industries that need that talent. It is alliances like these, the proximity to UC —a Carnegie Level 1 research university — and our industry partners in the innovation district that will help us accelerate toward that goal.

David J Adams UC chief innovation officer

Solving the talent crisis

“It is critical that organizations lean in to develop a pipeline of talent that will support the growing demand for skilled IT resources in Greater Cincinnati and beyond,” says Kevin Murray, senior vice president and CIO at Cincinnati Bell. “Cincinnati Bell is proud to partner with and support Kable Academy, which is on the front lines of developing this talent and connecting its students with technology jobs.”

Anchored by UC, the Cincinnati Innovation District was unveiled in early March along with a $100 million investment by Jobs Ohio to accelerate graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and medicine by 15,000 over the next decade.

The goal is to enhance federal research at UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center by $2 billion while creating 20,000 new highly-skilled jobs and boosting Ohio’s economy by an estimated $3 billion per year.

“The 1819 Innovation Hub in the Cincinnati Innovation District is not only a beautiful space for our inaugural class, it is a fast-paced, frictionless system that has allowed us to deliver for our students and staff,” says Josh Guttman, president of Kable Academy. “They support our mission to its core and that accord has provided opportunities to connect throughout the district — from our partnership with Cincinnati Bell and delivering first access to our graduates to university-wide coordinated efforts to benefit future Kable Academy programming. 

“We move fast and so do they. It’s a breath of fresh air.”

About Kable Academy

Kable Academy is filling the tech talent gap in Cincinnati and Southwest Ohio. We are a coding and cybersecurity academy created for people who are ready to accelerate their careers and transform their lives by acquiring job ready tech skills. Our partners make the difference. By working with regional and state government agencies and corporate partners, Kable Academy graduates have a clear path to gain the skill sets necessary to transform their lives through our cybersecurity and software development programs.

Learn more about Kable Academy

About Cincinnati Bell

With headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE: CBB) delivers integrated communications solutions to residential and business customers over its fiber-optic and copper networks including high-speed internet, video, voice and data. Cincinnati Bell provides service in areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Hawaii. In addition, enterprise customers across the United States and Canada rely on CBTS and OnX, wholly-owned subsidiaries, for efficient, scalable office communications systems and end-to-end IT solutions.

Visit Cincinnati Bell's website for more information.


Featured image at top: Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, students safely learn new technical skills from Kable Academy and Cincinnati Bell through UC's 1819 Innovation Hub. Photos/provided by UC's Office of Innovation

About the Cincinnati Innovation District

A unique and thriving ecosystem, The Cincinnati Innovation District™ is anchored by the University of Cincinnati, a Carnegie Level 1 research institution. At 46,000 students strong, the University of Cincinnati is a national leader across many disciplines and is focused on solving society’s problems. With the acceleration of STEM graduates and research talent from UC, the Cincinnati Innovation District™ is well positioned to be a beacon to the nation and the world to attract talent and the organizations that seek that talent.

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