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Cooperative Agreement - Correctional Industries Leadership Training – Curriculum Update

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23 Mar 2021

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year 2021. The purpose of this project is to explore the emerging issues and trends specific to Correctional Industries programming – using as a foundation the current 40-Hour blended Correctional Industries Leadership Training curriculum and revising it into a virtual instruction-lead format.

This project aims to develop a Virtual Instructor-Led training program to provide correctional industries leadership with the knowledge and skills needed to manage industry programming while supporting inner-agency succession planning effectively.

1. Review and revise the blended training curriculum to a virtual instructor-led format and facilitate a two-part pilot process to evaluate the effectiveness of the training curriculum based on the Instructional Theory Into Practice (ITIP) model.
2. Develop and administer a pre/post assessment to evaluate the mastery of established competencies, knowledge, and skills.
3. Explore and make recommendations for professional certification and continuing education units for the training participants.

1. Conduct an initial virtual meeting with NIC within ten days of the award to review goals and objectives, to discuss and develop a timeline of activities, for role clarification, for an overview of the project, and to discuss the project concept plan.
2. Provide a comprehensive work plan to include a timeline for all goals, objectives, and deliverables.
3. The awardee will research and compile a comprehensive review of the instructional material related to the existing Correctional Industries Leadership Training program.
4. The awardee is responsible for contracting and compensating any technical resource providers, presenters, etc.
5. Submission of quarterly reports to document project progress.
6. Submission of draft course materials for review by the NIC project manager.
7. Submission of a finalized participant training manual (to include a glossary of terms and knowledge checks) and an instructor's guide (to include facilitator script and teaching aids) in Word and PDF format.
8. Submission of a finalized PowerPoint training slide deck.

Questions and Answers (as of April 19, 2021)

Question 1:  Page 1, Eligibility states: "NIC invites applications from nonprofit organizations (including faith-based community and tribal organizations), for-profit organizations (including tribal for-profit organizations) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). Recipients, including for profit organizations, must agree to waive any profit or fee for service.”  I am an individual, sole proprietor who would submit a proposas based on fee for service.  Am I excluded from applying for this opportunity?

Answer:  Applicants with an active Tax ID and DUNS number are eligible to apply. 

Question 2:  Page 7, Objectives states: “…facilitation of a two-part pilot process to evaluate the effectiveness of the training curriculum based on the Instructional Theory Into Practice model."  How long would he two-part pilot process be?  Is it just two classes, or two cohorts of the entire curriculum? 

Answer:   To help ensure fidelity, the goal is to complete the pilots during the award year – utilizing feedback from a core group of participants.

Question 3:  Page 7, Deliverables.  There is no deliverable for the pilot process described in the Objectives.  When reading the deliverables it appears that the final deliverables are finalized training slide deck and participant training manual.  Is there an expectation that facilitation of the two-part virtual pilot process be a deliverable?

Answer:  As written in the solicitation, facilitation of the pilot is an identified objective.


Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 24, 2021


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