Overview of CADENCE Grant

 

Project 10 Internships/Externships for Dual Use Innovation

Objectives

  • Provide experiential learning opportunities for California Community College students through student internships at California DoD SBIR/STTR Phase I, Phase II, Phase III firms.
  • Build a pipeline of workforce talent for California DoD SBIR/STTR Phase I, Phase II, Phase III firms.

Deliverables

  • 10 colleges participating in the student internship/faculty externship
  • 10 Business and Entrepreneurship Sector Faculty Externs/Coaches
  • One-day faculty coach training
  • Monthly community of practice meetings with faculty coaches.
  • 20 Student Interns placed with CA DoD SBIR Phase I,II,III firms
  • Develop RFA process for selection of colleges

 

Designated by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment as a Defense Manufacturing Community, the California Advanced Defense Ecosystems & National Consortia Effort (CADENCE) aims to strengthen the resiliency of the national security innovation and manufacturing base through technical and workforce development assistance to California suppliers in defense innovation and manufacturing who are involved in the advancement of specific national security key technologies or supply chains (KTS) including microelectronics, fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology, cyber, space, artificial intelligence, and fully networked command, control and communications (FNC3). By doing this, CADENCE aims to support critical manufacturing sectors that provide key resources to the American warfighter and to commercial innovation; address DoD’s modernization priorities, key policies, guidance and directives; and help maintain the national security manufacturing sector as one of the largest economic drivers in the State of California. CADENCE includes 15 project components executed by a consortium comprised of community, industry, non-profit, state agencies, and educational institutions.

Dual-use capabilities support innovation in the defense industrial base

Dual-use strategies allow the DoD to exploit the rapid rate of innovation and market-driven efficiencies of commercial industry. Conversely, the innovation and accomplishments that originate in defense programs and laboratories can move rapidly to the commercial sector to help advanced manufacturing ecosystems built on common manufacturing and design challenges.

Access to a workforce pipeline is critical for Defense Industrial Base

Providing an experiential learning opportunity where both faculty and students can benefit from real world applications allows Colleges to benefit from Faculty who understand and subsequently bring the needs of industry to the classroom and infuse industry-validated curriculum into their educational programs. Defense manufacturing community consortium firms will benefit from access to a pipeline of talent to meet their workforce needs.

THIS COMMUNICATION IS FUNDED BY A U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, OFFICE OF LOCAL DEFENSE COMMUNITY COOPERATION GRANT THROUGH THE CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF PLANNING AND RESEARCH. THE CONTENT REFLECTS THE VIEWS OF SOLANO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT AND DOES NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, OFFICE OF ECONOMIC ADJUSTMENT, OR THE CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF PLANNING AND RESEARCH.