SMART is focused on STEM skills specifically for employment in the DoD Science and Technology (S&T) workforce. DCTC is focused on both STEM and non-STEM degrees, with future employment throughout the DoD civilian workforce.
DCTC is complementary to – not duplicative of – the SMART Scholarship Program. Modeled after Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs, DCTC will provide coursework, curriculum, and internships that prepare college students for careers in DoD leadership roles. Once the first-year pilot concludes, DCTC will evolve into ROTC’s scholarship-for-service model and DCTC scholars will be placed in civilian positions within DoD organizations upon graduation.
The SMART program provides scholarships, internships, and DoD employment after graduation; however, it does not provide coursework and curriculum. DCTC will be embedded within public land grant universities, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority institutions (MIs). Each semester students will enroll in a DCTC course that complements their major with lessons on leadership, organizational behavior and ethics, and innovation within the DoD civilian workforce. During the summer, DCTC Scholars will be placed in internships within DoD organizations where they can apply their classroom learning on the job.