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CoE-HSEM Honors its Rising Star Awards of 2020


Congratulations to This Year’s Rising Stars! -  Brandi Hunter, Toya Moore, and Julie Jefferson Lakewood, WA - The Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management (CoE-HSEM) has always been focused on student success, helping people change their lives' trajectory positively and who have demonstrated excellence in their professional endeavors in education and public service. “Each year, it is an honor to recognize outstanding award winners with our Rising Star Award for their accomplishments and contributions to the Center. Our Award winners will be honored at the Center’s Advisory Board meeting/virtual award ceremony on December 8, 2020,” said Linda Crerar, [...]

CoE-HSEM Honors its Rising Star Awards of 20202020-11-23T19:58:57+00:00

Brandi Hunter – Rising Star 2020


Congratulations to This Year’s Rising Star! -  Brandi Hunter Brandi Hunter Educational & Outreach Coordinator Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management “Brandi Hunter is a standout star. As a recent graduate of the Homeland Security Emergency Management (HSEM) degree program at Pierce College, Brandi is a person who acts when opportunities appear. I reached out to Brandi on LinkedIn about an internship position at the Center of Excellence for HSEM and Brandi responded immediately. When we talked it turned out she had the qualifications and skills we needed to serve as an Educational & Outreach Coordinator for the [...]

Brandi Hunter – Rising Star 20202020-11-23T20:32:14+00:00

Toya Moore – Rising Star 2020


Congratulations to This Year’s Rising Star! - Toya Moore Toya Moore, M.Ed., AHI, CHT, RMA, CCMA Director of Allied Health and CMA programs Seattle Colleges “Toya has done incredible work in her role as the Medical Assisting Program Director at Seattle Central College. She successfully transferred the program from Seattle Vocational Institute (SVI) when it closed down to the Health Education Center (HEC). She put incredible effort to revise the curriculum, expanded her TAC board to be inclusive of multiple stakeholders and the community, and went through years of data during the reaccreditation process. Not only has she handled all [...]

Toya Moore – Rising Star 20202020-11-23T20:32:42+00:00

Julie Jefferson – Rising Star 2020


Congratulations to This Year’s Rising Star! - Julie Jefferson Julie Jefferson Communications Director Lummi Indian Business Council “Julie Jefferson exemplifies a student that has overcome many obstacles and demonstrated great determination in pursuit of her higher education degrees. First as a young wife and mother with 2 young children and a working professional she pursued a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University in Law and Diversity. Julie applied to enter our University of Washington graduate degree program in the fall of 2019. Julie was only through half of her first year in our University of Washington Master of Infrastructure Planning [...]

Julie Jefferson – Rising Star 20202020-11-23T20:33:10+00:00

Coe-HSEM Virtual Site Review – 2020


October 29, 2020 - The HSEM Center of Excellence hosted the first-ever “Virtual Site Review” by the State Board for Community and Technical College (SBCTC). Each Center is visited once in a three-year cycle to learn how the Center is currently working to understand and improve the relationship between their industry sector and the community and technical colleges. The State Board staff convenes the review team for each site visit and this year’s visits were delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and it was decided to do the normal in-person visit virtually. Our Center was the first to pilot [...]

Coe-HSEM Virtual Site Review – 20202020-11-23T19:48:54+00:00

Welcome Back Marie Bruin – New Director for Workforce Education



Welcome Back Marie Bruin – New Director for Workforce Education2020-11-23T19:49:37+00:00

Veteran’s Day Special Edition Confluence


With Respect, Honor, and Gratitude: Thank You Veterans For this special edition of Confluence, our Center would like to take a moment to thank and honor the men and women who serve and protect our country. It is important to not take our freedom and safety for granted. That is why it is crucial to take any and all opportunities to thank those who have made the commitment to represent, honor, and secure our way of life. Leaders Helping Veterans to Successful Civilian Employment Transitions: An Interview with Center’s Advisory Board Member, Captain Steve Vincent, PMP [...]

Veteran’s Day Special Edition Confluence2020-11-11T20:57:16+00:00

Honoring the Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Honoring the Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg By Kellie Hale "I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability." — Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) was a trailblazer for women’s rights in America. When discussing her legacy, RBG said, "To make life a little better for people less fortunate than you, that's what I think a meaningful life is. One lives not just for oneself but for one's community."  That quote encompasses the type of person Ruth was, a champion for [...]

Honoring the Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg2020-10-08T17:22:08+00:00

Cybersecurity Month: Do Your Part! #BeCyberSmart


By Kellie Hale The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deemed October as Cybersecurity month to highlight the broad effort to make sure Americans understand how to stay safe and secure in an online environment. This year’s theme is “#BeCyberSmart”, is crucial during times as “the line between our online and offline lives” have become interchangeable.    #BeCyberSmart theme is used to empower individuals, along with organizations about their roles to protect themselves against cyber-attacks. The overall goal is to have our interconnected world remain safe and secure, but most of all, resilient. Dr. [...]

Cybersecurity Month: Do Your Part! #BeCyberSmart2020-10-28T22:18:28+00:00

“How to Be an Antiracist”- Discussions within our Criminal Justice Programs


“How to Be an Antiracist”, Ibram X. Kendi – Discussions within our Criminal Justice Programs By Mary Weir “Antiracist: One who is supporting an anti-racist policy through their actions or expressing an anti-racist idea.” (Kendi 2019, 13). “An antiracist idea is any idea that suggests the racial groups are equals in all their apparent differences – that there is nothing right or wrong with any racial group. Antiracist ideas argue that racist policies are the cause of racial inequities.” (Kendi 2019, 20). On September 14th, members of the Criminal Justice working group met together to discuss the first eleven chapters [...]

“How to Be an Antiracist”- Discussions within our Criminal Justice Programs2020-10-08T17:37:41+00:00
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