What is the Cato Center?
The Cato Center is closing the digital literacy gap in Nashville.
The Cato Center is committed to building a community for all Nashville students to engage with entrepreneurship and Computer Science.
The Cato Center hosts classes, workshops, and summer camps for all Nashville students ages 9-16. Students learn to develop games, design websites, build robots, pilot drones, and mix music, as they develop entrepreneurial skills.
The Cato Center is named for Thomas H. Cato, who was a pioneer in the field of healthcare computer science and information technology. From humble beginnings in Mississippi, Mr. Cato believed that access to a robust computer science education early on in his academic and professional career forever changed the trajectory of his life. Mr. Cato eventually served as the Chief Information Officer of HCA Healthcare. The Center honors Mr. Cato and RePublic’s shared commitment to the idea that digital literacy is the key to dismantling historic barriers to equality in the South.