Today's high-tech global economy requires that youths entering the job market have the training and life skills necessary to get and keep available jobs. In an effort to invest in its youth, the city of Cincinnati has partnered with Dell and a local nonprofit, Uptown Consortium, to launch a six-week course designed to teach 12- to 18-year-olds important computer skills. Taught by staff volunteering their time, the "IT Village" Youth Labs provide kids access to information technology so they can learn marketable skills that include building and repairing a computer, using Internet search engines effectively, working with business software programs such as Excel and Word, and practicing Internet safety. Twenty area students were chosen for the spring term by lottery, and will receive a Dell computer, a one-year Internet subscription and other technology accessories upon completion. To learn more, contact the city Regional Computer Center at 513-352-6400.