The California Community Colleges Business and Entrepreneurship Sector was selected by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to be one of the project partners on the California Defense Ecosystems and National Consortia Effort (CADENCE). CADENCE is part of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program (DMCSP). DMCSP is designed to support long-term community investments that strengthen national security innovation and expand the capabilities of the defense industrial ecosystem.
CADENCE includes 15 project components executed by a consortium comprised of community, industry, state agencies, and educational institutions. CADENCE project activities will focus on supporting California suppliers in the defense innovation and manufacturing base who are involved in the advancement of specific key technologies or supply chains including microelectronics, fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology, cyber, space, artificial intelligence, and fully networked command, control and communications (FNC3).
The Business and Entrepreneurship Sector’s role in the CADENCE project will be to place student interns and faculty externs (coaches) with California defense manufacturing community consortium firms participating in the Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program to assist them with developing and commercializing dual use technologies. This will provide an experiential learning opportunity where students can benefit from real world applications to their course of study. Colleges will benefit from faculty who 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.
Dual-use strategies allow the DoD to exploit the rapid rate of innovation and market-driven efficiencies of commercial industry to meet defense needs. Conversely, the innovation and accomplishments that originate in defense programs and laboratories can move rapidly to the commercial sector. However, a challenge for defense innovation and manufacturing is a shortage of qualified workers. The California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) program with its sector based approach to Career Technical Education (CTE) is ideally suited to provide workforce development solutions and develop the workforce pipeline for the CA defense manufacturing community consortium.
The Business and Entrepreneurship Sector is issuing a Request for Application (RFA) to select ten colleges to participate in the student internship project. There will be an informational webinar on February 5th at 10 am (https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/92850452550?from=addon) and applications are due February 26th.
Grant funds will cover faculty coach stipends and student internship wages. The Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) through their Career Catalyst Program will act as the employer of record and handle all the payroll and workers compensation to streamline participation by California defense manufacturing community consortium firms. To learn more about the project and RFA, visit https://businessandentrepreneurship.net/cadence_rfa/.
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 THE CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP SECTOR 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.