Our Center provides statewide leadership which supports diversity and ensures the industry’s academic programs remain cutting-edge.

Center of Excellence Pierce College BuildingThe Center of Excellence for Homeland Security-Emergency Management (HSEM) helps state community and technical colleges (CTC) prepare a skilled workforce to help maintain our national security, ensure an effective response to all-hazard events through education and training initiatives, and build disaster resilience in our communities.

Our goal is to provide effective leadership and coordination that rapidly responds to the interests of educational institutions and workforce training needs of the HSEM (all-hazard) business and industry sectors across the state. From our offices at Pierce College in Lakewood, Washington, we accomplish this through working with a coalition of all 34 community and technical colleges, public agencies, and private sector organizations.

The Center serves as a liaison with business and industry to the CTC system faculty and administration. Public and private organizations and businesses receive technical assistance, expertise, information and research on current regional, state and national security and economic development initiatives and workforce trends.

Pierce College BAS-HSEM Degree

Pierce College Bachelor of Applied Science in Homeland Security Emergency Management (BAS-HSEM)

Pierce College is pleased to announce its new Bachelor of Applied Science in Homeland Security Emergency Management degree program beginning winter 2017 (January 2017). This leadership and management degree program is part of a guided career pathway designed...
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Linda Crerar's May 31 Interview on Disaster Zone w/Eric Holdeman
Eric Holdeman hosts a monthly show called “Disaster Zone” and asked the HSEM Center Director, Linda Crerar, to join him on the show in May to talk about the history and background of the establishment of the state’s Homeland Security-Emergency and Management (HSEM) Bachelors of Applied Science Degree at Pierce College. The Program is graduating its first students on June 15.
The interview included a discussion about the increasing demand in the emergency management field for trained and experienced professionals and what role the Center has played through the past decade in addressing employers needs for well educated professionals in all of the public safety, security and emergency management career pathways. The video discussion provides information on the establishment of the original Associates and Certificate HSEM degrees, curriculum framework, faculty and internships and work experience opportunities. The next segment of the Program which will be taped in the coming month will bring the graduates from the Program together to share their perspectives about the Program and how their work experience opportunities and internships were important for employment and tips they would provide to someone who has an Emergency Management Degree and is looking for employment.

Congratulations Shane on your HSEM BAS Graduate Degree
Shane Moore has worked with the Center since 2017 as our Employer Engagement/Outreach Specialist and will graduate on June 15, with the first HSEM BAS degree in Washington State.
Shane is looking forward to joining the Clallam County Emergency Management Department located in Port Angeles in the near future. We are very pleased to have been part of his education experience and benefited from his knowledge, energy and sincere drive to help people be successful. Congratulations on your accomplishments Shane from all the Center staff and Board.