MISSION

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THE CHARLESTON DEFENSE CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION (CDCA) EDUCATION COMMITTEE’S MISSION IS TO WORK WITH ACADEMIC ORGANIZATIONS IN THE CHARLESTON TRI-COUNTY AREA TO IMPROVED TECHNICAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AT THE HIGH SCHOOL, UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE LEVELS. THIS WILL INCLUDE EFFORTS TO PROMOTE INITIATIVES WHICH CULTIVATE INTEREST IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) INDUSTRY AND TO OFFER HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS OPPORTUNITIES WHERE THEY CAN GAIN EXPOSURE AND EXPERIENCE WITHIN THE LOCAL DOD ORGANIZATIONS. PURPOSE: THE GENERAL PURPOSE OF THE CDCA EDUCATION COMMITTEE IS TO ENHANCE THE TECHNICAL CAPABILITIES OF THE LOCAL CONTRACTOR COMMUNITY THAT IS REQUIRED TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL DOD ORGANIZATIONS. THIS INCLUDES GENERATING STUDENT INTEREST, FUNDING EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES, AND ACADEMIC OUTREACH. COMMITTEE MEMBERS: PARTICIPATION ON THE CDCA EDUCATION COMMITTEE IS OPEN TO ALL INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE AN INTEREST AND CONCERN FOR THE DEVELOPMENT, ADVANCEMENT, AND RECOGNITION OF CHARLESTON DEFENSE ORGANIZATIONS AND THE LOCAL DEFENSE CONTRACTOR COMMUNITY.

INTERNSHIPS

(2018 INTERNS HAVE BEEN SELECTED) 

BECOMING A CDCA CORPORATE SPONSOR IS SIMPLE! 
There are three steps:

STEP 1 | MEMBER COMPANY SUBMITS A LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) TO THE CDCA INTERNSHIP SUBCOMMITTEE; THIS ENABLES CDCA TO BRING AWARENESS OF THE POSITIONS TO COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN SOUTH CAROLINA. INTERNS WILL FOLLOW UP WITH MEMBER COMPANIES TO APPLY FOR THE INTERNSHIP. ADDITIONALLY, LOIS ARE POSTED (HERE) TO DIRECT STUDENTS TO AVAILABLE POSITIONS FROM OUR MEMBERS.

STEP 2 | MEMBER COMPANIES SUBMIT AN INTERNSHIP APPLICATION TO CDCA INTERNSHIP SUBCOMMITTEE TO FORMALLY APPLY FOR THE CDCA INTERNSHIP PROGRAM.

STEP 3 | CDCA SELECTS THE MEMBER COMPANIES TO RECEIVE THE STIPEND. STIPENDS ARE DISTRIBUTED BASED UPON PROGRAM PARTICIPATION.

PLEASE, DOWNLOAD EACH .PDF BELOW, REVIEW, AND APPLY IN JANUARY 2018!

ROBOTICS

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THE FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION IS AN EXCITING, MULTINATIONAL COMPETITION THAT TEAMS PROFESSIONALS AND YOUNG PEOPLE TOGETHER TO SOLVE AN ENGINEERING DESIGN PROBLEM IN AN INTENSE AND COMPETITIVE WAY. THE PROGRAM IS A LIFE-CHANGING, CAREER-MOLDING EXPERIENCE AND A LOT OF FUN. EACH YEAR THE COMPETITION REACHES MORE THAN 58,000 STUDENTS ON OVER 2,500 TEAMS IN COMPETITIONS HELD ACROSS THE USA AND IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. THE TEAMS COME FROM BRAZIL, CANADA, CHILE, ISRAEL, MEXICO, THE NETHERLANDS, THE U.K., AND EVERY STATE IN THE U.S. THE COMPETITIONS ARE HIGH-TECH SPECTATOR SPORTING EVENTS, THE RESULT OF LOTS OF FOCUSED BRAINSTORMING, REAL-WORLD TEAMWORK, DEDICATED MENTORING, PROJECT TIMELINES, AND DEADLINES.

COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, CORPORATIONS, BUSINESSES, AND INDIVIDUALS PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS TO OUR PARTICIPANTS. INVOLVED ENGINEERS EXPERIENCE AGAIN MANY OF THE REASONS THEY CHOSE ENGINEERING AS A PROFESSION, AND THE COMPANIES THEY WORK FOR CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY WHILE THEY PREPARE AND CREATE THEIR FUTURE WORKFORCE. THE COMPETITION SHOWS STUDENTS THAT THE TECHNOLOGICAL FIELDS HOLD MANY OPPORTUNITIES AND THAT THE BASIC CONCEPTS OF SCIENCE, MATH, ENGINEERING, AND INVENTION ARE EXCITING AND INTERESTING.

SCIENCE FAIR 

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THE ANNUAL LOWCOUNTRY SCIENCE FAIR IS HELD AT THE COFC TD ARENA. THIS BRINGS TOGETHER MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO HAVE WON THE COMPETITION AT THEIR SCHOOLS FROM CHARLESTON, DORCHESTER, BERKLEY, AND GEORGETOWN COUNTIES. THESE STUDENTS ARE OUR FUTURE AND WE ARE REQUESTING ASSISTANCE IN THE FORM OF VOLUNTEERS FOR JUDGING.

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