Alabama Agricultural and
Mechanical University (AAMU) is a land-grant university
and a chartered Historically Black College/University (HBCU).
Alabama A & M University was founded in 1875 and was
officially charted as an HBCU in 1890 as a consequence of the
Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890, which established the Land
Grant State Universities. The University is located in
Normal, Alabama, about six miles from Huntsville. The student
body comprises about 5,500 U.S. and International students,
approximately 85% of which are minority. Fifty seven percent
of students are female.
Nashville State Community College (NSCC) is a public, two-year comprehensive community college with 7,000 students founded in 1970 in Nashville, Tennessee. NSCC serves a geographically diverse seven-county service area in middle Tennessee that includes urban, suburban, and rural populations. NSCC is a member of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee, which is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. NSCC offers the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and the Associate of Applied Sciences degrees, as well as Technical Certificates and Career Advancement Certificates in over 40 fields. NSCC offers associate degrees in computer information systems, computer technology, and computer network technology with a total of over 300 majors.
The Nashville Technology Council, an affiliate of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, is an exclusive, C6 nonprofit organization devoted to helping the Middle Tennessee technology community succeed. The NTC's membership has grown to more than 330 organizations throughout Middle Tennessee, including technology companies, technology employers, service providers, educational institutions, government agencies, and non-profit companies interested in supporting the growth of technology businesses in Middle Tennessee.
Mind2Marketplace (M2M) is an organization dedicated to helping bring the brightest and best ideas in middle Tennessee technology to reality, with job creation the ultimate goal. Realizing the "idea to paper to product/service to jobs" isn't an automatic process, M2M was formed to help establish an aggressive strategic connection between people and organizations with marketable ideas and the final marketplace. M2M covers the 40-county area in middle Tennessee surrounding Nashville with a diagonal connection to partners at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Public high schools in Rutherford County TN (MTSU), Davidson County TN (NSCC), and Madison County AL (AAMU) will participate in this project. Rutherford County has 7 public high schools serving more than 9,000 students. Davidson County has 18 public high schools serving more than 20,000 students. Madison County has 14 public high schools serving close to 14,000 students.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 0917840. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.