The Community Telecommunications Network (CTN) is a 501(c3) non-profit corporation representing a unique combination of urban and suburban organizations serving K-12 education, higher education and public television.

Recognizing the human needs of southeast Michigan are many. CTN joins with other organizations to face unprecedented global challenges amidst the turbulence of technological change.


The mission of CTN is to enhance the quality of life in southeast Michigan through the creative use of telecommunications in supporting the efforts and missions of the regions' educational, governmental, cultural and economic institutions.

CTN focuses on these major areas:

  1. Developing the minds and spirits of youth, providing for their future and drop out prevention.
    Preparing young people with 21 century skills are essential to future success and the success of the nation. "There are no more expendable children" Initiatives will seek to address the needs of all including the difficult, complex and special needs related to substance abuse, the dropout, teen parents and learning disabled.
  2. Developing and supporting the human needs of the region.
    Addressing needs of all including substance abuse, crime, illiteracy, unemployment, under employment, human relationships and lack of resources. The transmission of information and the development of human competencies through knowledge acquisition are critical to all of our institutions as they seek to build the ethical, moral, intellectual and economic fiber of our regional community.


  1. ADOPT Connected Learning Approach
  2. Approach potential partners to expand learning environments and programs demonstrating creativity and technology
  3. Develop projects that use CTN network/backbone to model the use of wireless technology in the learning environment
    Examples include: Virtual Field Trips Distance Learning
  4. Provide cutting edge skill building/ professional development for educators
  5. Sponsor a 21st century futures forum
  6. Develop adult literacy programming
  7. Smart-phones and their use in learning
  8. Mobile Learning
  9. Develop community health resources
  10. Develop “How to” Community Resource programming modeling services and skills to build individual capacity
  11. Develop electronic story telling/read to me programs
  12. Demonstrate Creativity & Technology