Tennessee State University
National Center for 'Smart' Technology Innovations


Tennessee State University has established a  National Center for Smart Technology Innovations for the purpose of addressing educational and workforce challenges through the innovative development of ‘App’ technology.  This center will house several technology initiatives that seek to bring coding and creativity (known as C2) experiences to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the Nashville community. TSU will serve as a hub for training educators and preparing students by providing multiple pathways and opportunities to acquire essential digital literacies and technological new skills of coding and creativity. Apple is supporting TSU's HBCU C2 initiative with equipment, scholarships and professional development.


The HBCU C2 initiative addresses the pressing need for HBCUs to focus their vision on the educational and economical impact of technology across their communities. HBCU Cwill kick off by convening an inaugural cohort of HBCUs leaders and colleagues across the nation for a weeklong HBCU C2 Innovation Academy. Academy participants will explore how HBCUs and education, community, and industry partners can work together to prepare students to meet workforce opportunities by developing an innovation plan to code, think, design and contribute to their home campus and communities. 

TSU's Mission, Vision, and Commitments to HBCU C

TSU's mission is to fosters scholarly inquiry and research, lifelong learning, and a commitment to service with the vision to achieve national and international prominence, building on its heritage, and preparing leaders for a global society. Therefore, to prepare leaders for a global society and a technological connected workforce, TSU recognized the need for incorporating coding and creativity throughout the university, across all disciplines, and in alignment with technology standards from PreK to the workplace in preparation of our smart connected communities. 
Thus, TSU HBCU C Model incorporates educational partnership alignment with PreK-12 Schools, Community Colleges, Businesses, and community non-profit agencies. 


Proposed Outcomes for the HBCU  C Academy


  • - Call for Action for HBCUs to address digital literacy, coding and creativity across the disciplines from
    PreK - Workforce,

  • - Awareness of coding and creativity for improving education, health, businesses, and accessibility, 

  • - App Challenge' Initiatives for utilizing apps to address educational, community, and workforce issues,

  • - Knowledge and skills for designing and developing apps using iOS tools, equipment, and software, and

  • - Draft Campus HBCU  C Innovation Strategic Plan for continued training.


Contact Us

For more information please contact TSU's HBCU C2 representative at (615) 963- 7388 or at hbcuc2@tnstate.edu.