California Defense Ecosystem and National Consortium Effort (CADENCE)

General RFA

  • With post-Covid breakdown of physical college-boundaries, especially with multi-college districts, is it possible that the college/student mix can be district-wide?
    • Yes, since the application is per college, applicants can be within a district due to at least one faculty required. However, since a limited amount of colleges will be selected with regional balance as a consideration, it would be advisable to coordinate within a multi-college district.
  • It says ‘at least one coach…”….can be and do you see more, per college?
    • Yes, more than one faculty resume can be submitted. The local college, if awarded, would determine how to assign the corresponding stipend(s) to the applicant faculty.
  • What kind of faculty experience is required or desirable for CADENCE?
    • The rating rubric only indicates “practical experience of mentoring students with open ended employer problems” as the highest recommended experience.
  • Is there compensation for the Faculty Extern role, if so, how does this work?
    • Awarded colleges will receive $8,500 ($8,000 for faculty stipends plus $500 for faculty travel expenses).
  • Does the salary of the interns come out of that $8,500?
    • No, this is a separate account awarded to a 3rd party employer of record who will handle payroll of the student.
  • Will grant be administered at State level or local campus level. Will I be interfacing with my college or with you?
    • Solano Community College District will extend an agreement to your college and work within a reimbursement accounting method.


  • Do the faculty find the DOD companies or do you already have companies in mind?
    • The project team will be utilizing a database to target communication campaign in coordination with awarded colleges. Local colleges, in coordination with the project team, will develop outreach campaigns and webinars to solicit the appropriate partnerships. If you have local companies, we can look up if they are SBIR/STTR.

Student Internships

  • For the DOD background check is U.S. citizenship required? Is there drug testing?
    • Students that are accepted by the internal college application process undergo a background check. There is no requirement of citizenship, only proof of being allowed to work in the U.S.
  • Any measurable outcomes for students and faculty
    • Recommended :
      • Student Education Validation –portfolio and resume, review in exit interview. i.e. Experience >> technical skills (Strategy vs tactics )
      • Impact on business –cost savings, professional solutions and strategies, setbacks. i.e. Identify needs of business and respond to needs
      • Case study for college program. Industry, careers, diversity
  • What is time frame for the project with a potential DOD employer?
    • We typically observed students completing the hours within a semester time frame.
  • The 2 interns – is that placed concurrently? Or can be one after the other?
    • This would be determined by the faculty coach and the amount of time that they can dedicate. Background of students may also play a factor to deciding how to structure the experience. There are benefits of working within a 2 person team, however there is also a benefit of the students working with the faculty coach and the employer to oversee their individual progress much closer and “hand-off” the work started by one and continued by another.
  • Who approves time sheets etc. You or my college?
    • Timesheet approval is a locally coordinated process with the employer, faculty coach and a timekeeper supervisor validating submitted hours and completion of work through an online portal provided my the FCCC, the employer of record.
  • How will students interact with the Foundation for California Community College (FCCC) Workday platform?